The current state of emergency caused by COVID-19 has profoundly impacted Western New York’s creative industry, and there’s only more chaos and uncertainty ahead. We wish we had answers for you; we don’t. We don’t know how long this crisis will last, or how deeply its impact will be felt by every neighbor in our community. We do know, however, that you are not alone, and that your work is seen and valued—perhaps now more than ever.

We support the arts because we know they are a source of unity and healing for communities; they bring us together and force us to reckon with the big questions of our shared experiences. When we make it to this other side of this crisis—and we will make it to the other side—we’ll need the arts to help us repair.

Why do you support the arts? Join our week-long campaign celebrating International Arts Week and remind the creative professionals in your life that you’re here!

International Arts Week begins on Monday, April 13 and will culminate on Saturday, April 18. Help us get the word out early by adding our custom WNY Arts Facebook frame to your profile picture!