“My interest in the arts was encouraged at an early age and some of my most important memories revolve around the hundreds of plays, concerts, museum and historic site experiences that were part of my life growing up. But too many families don’t make a point these days to share those experiences with their kids, and we know a lot of arts exposure has been eliminated from schools. No one becomes a well-rounded, productive person without being exposed to the arts – our society will greatly suffer in the long run without that. And you never know what might ignite interest and passion in a young person.”

 

Anne Conable, Community Engagement Manager, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Anne initiates and manages community-based programming at the Downtown Library – Author Talks; celebrations of Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disabilities Awareness; family programs presented by Young Audiences of WNY; and various lecture series – and writes grants, assists with marketing and publications, and administers the Library Foundation. She joined the Library in 2009 after similar community-oriented positions with the Buffalo History Museum and the Buffalo Museum of Science. She worked with Buffalo Place Inc. for 12 years focusing on development of Buffalo’s Theatre District, its constituents and events. Fascinated by the rich tapestry of Buffalo’s history, she has had leadership roles in many community-wide initiatives including the 2001 Pan American Exposition Centennial, the 2003 waterfront festival celebrating the visit of the reproduction shipAmistad, Curtain Up!, and the development of the NYS-sponsored Visitor Center at the Market Arcade. She is a contributor to WNY Heritage Magazine.

She earned a Master’s degree in Theatre History & Management from The University of Michigan, followed by arts management positions with major theatres in NYC, Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hull Family Home & Farmstead in Lancaster, the Wyoming Foundation and UNYTS.