Artpark sees its attendance increase by almost 500% | Night and day


Artpark & ​​Company’s Board of Directors announced the election of new officers and directors at the organization’s annual meeting held at the Park Country Club on October 13.

Re-elected officers include: Joanne Bauer of Employer Services Corporation as President, Christopher Leardini as Vice President, Vincent Agnello of Niagara University as Secretary and Stephen Turner of Bonadio Group as Treasurer.

The board reaffirmed Omar Khan as a new board member who joined the board mid-year. Khan is the head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and previously chairman of the University of Buffalo’s Department of Architecture.

The board re-elected the following directors: Dena Armstrong, John Camp, Joseph Certo, Christopher Leardini, Michael J. Dowd and Skip Mazenauer. Steve Broderick, Alison Lytle and Thomas Brydges.

Angelo Morinello, Daniel Cantara III, Robert Ortt, Terry Collesano, Sophia Smith, Thomas Fatta, Richard Soluri, Brian Geary, Lorie L. Washuta, Pamela Jacobs-Vogt, Anne Welch, Seymour Knox IV and Rebecca Wydysh were elected to the advisory board for a one-year term.

Artpark & ​​Company President Sonia Clark and the management team also provided a recap of the summer season. While the region still faced the impact of COVID-19 in the spring and summer, Artpark was able to fully activate its outdoor venues even under regularly changing rules and restrictions for safe public gatherings.

The lineup included the return of 18 rock and pop concerts in the reduced capacity amphitheater, Strawberry Moon Festival, a new free mobile app experience called “Sonic Trails”, the New Music in the Park series with performances by Alarm Will Sound, JP Jofre, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop, among others, as well as performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Lehrer Dance Company, Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montreal, Artpark Fairy House Festival, a new partnership with Torn Space Theater, new art installations – “Whisper” and “Unity in Diversity”, free family Saturdays, theater and visual arts camps, an outdoor film series and more. A video recap can be viewed here.

Attendance at 69 events increased by over 480% compared to the 2020 season. Artpark also employed 383 artists and cultural professionals for a total of 29,927 hours. A dedicated base of 70 volunteers also donated 2,741 hours of their time. The economic impact for the season is estimated at $ 5,541,956.

The western New York state community has also been generous in helping nonprofit Artpark & ​​Company rebuild after the ravages of the pandemic. There were 500 new donors, donations increased 22%, and 15 new program grants were received.


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