The Arts Partners for Learning Initiative has been formed with the support of the Fund for the Arts, John R. Oishei Foundation, and Young Audiences, Inc. with the vision to expand capacity of arts organizations and educational institutions in Western New York.

A leadership team composed of representatives from the arts, cultural, education, and philanthropic sectors from throughout the region lead this initiative:

  • Michele Agosto, Supervisor of Curriculum in Art, Art Education Department Buffalo Public Schools
  • Michael Amici, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Erie 1 BOCES
  • Chris Brandjes, Actor, Associate Professor of Theater, Daemen College
  • Anne Conable, Community Engagement Manager, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Noah Falck, Education Director, Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Elizabeth M. Freas, Supervisor of  Climate, Culture, Student Supports, and Budget  Erie 1 BOCES
  • Jennifer Foley, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Marian Granfield, Director of Art History with Museum Studies & Faculty Fellow in the Department of Theatre Studies/Fine Arts, Niagara University
  • Holly Grant, Education Coordinator, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Joy Guarino, Associate Professor of Dance, Buffalo State College
  • Shane Hawkins, Execuitve Director, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.
  • Jacqueline Hoyt, Executive Director, Wyoming Arts Council
  • Amy Jakiel, Senior Day Supervisor- Arts Experience, People Inc.
  • Kevin Kline, Youth Coordinator, Squeaky Wheel/ Buffalo Media Resources
  • Kim Luce, Project Director, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services
  • Mary Morris, Liasion, Cattarugus-Allegany BOCES
  • Kelly Macagnone, School Program Coordinator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Amelia Blake, Manager of Interpretive Programs, Explore & More Children’s Museum
  • Robin Parkinson, Director of Education, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Evelyn J. Penman, Assistant Director, Quick Arts Center-St. Bonaventure University
  • Kathy Gaye Shiroki, Curator of Museum Learning and Community Engagement, Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College
  • Marley Smith, Staff Development Specialist, Erie 2 – Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
  • Deborah Sunya Moore,  Vice President, Chautauqua Institution
  • Jennifer Swan, Associate Director, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York
  • Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education, Buffalo Zoo
  • Stacey Watson, Director of Programs, Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology

Ex Officio

  • Cynnie Gaasch, Executive Director, Young Audiences Western New York
  • Sara Goldhawk, Managing Consultant, Arts Partners for Learning