Associate Director, Arts Services Institute of Western New York

“Arts and culture has vast impacts on local and regional communities ranging from economic development, job creation, tourism, quality of life, and education.  The arts define how and why individuals live their lives – why they choose to live in a certain community for example.  Arts and culture gives communities the context for everyday life.”

Ms. Swan is currently the Associate Director for Arts Services Initiative of WNY (ASI). ASI is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster capacity building, collaboration, and advocacy efforts for the region’s cultural sector. In this role Ms. Swan assists in positioning ASI as the link between the arts and cultural community and other sectors of the region. She also provides outreach and administrative support to ASI’s affiliate networks such as the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Cultural Alliance of Niagara (CAN), and Arts Partners for Learning (APL). Ms. Swan is the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program Coordinator for Erie and Niagara Counties.

Prior to her employment at ASI, Ms. Swan was the Business Manager for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus where she was responsible for the day–to-day operations, working alongside the Board of Directors and committees. Some major projects included the involvement of the Chorus in the Music Culture 716 collaborative and extending the Chorus’ typical season to include special performances at community events such as the National Historic Preservation Conference held in Buffalo in October 2011. Ms. Swan currently serves on the Chorus’ Concert and Marketing Committees.

While Ms. Swan was at the Lancaster Opera House, not only did she assist in the box office and front of house, but she managed and organized the annual Chinese Auction fundraiser for two years. Here she solicited donations and managed all aspects of the event from preparation to day-of activities.

Her other arts work includes currently serving on Music is Art’s Big Easy in Buffalo Committee, judging Congressman Higgins’ 27th District Congressional Student Art Competition in 2012, Volunteer Coordinator for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center’s Artists and Models: Nocturminal event, Marketing/Concert Crew for Slee Hall at Lippes Concert Hall at UB, and Music Librarian and Marketing for the Amherst Chamber Ensembles. Additional work in the for-profit sector includes Promotions for Citadel Broadcasting and Righteous Babe Records, and management and marketing for several individual music projects.

Ms. Swan has a MA in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo and a BA in Communications/Broadcasting with a minor in music from Buffalo State College. While at the University at Buffalo she traveled abroad with NUROPE (Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy, and Enterprise in Europe) to Sweden and Finland, completing an intensive scholarly program entitled Beyond Bergman and Nobel: Scandinavian Cultural Policy and Performing Arts. As a result of that academic excursion, Ms. Swan co-wrote an article for UB International titled “Summer School in Arts Management Held in Finland and Sweden.”