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
  • Anne Conable, Community Engagement Manager, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Noah Falk,  Education Director, Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Elizabeth Freas, Supervisor of  Climate, Culture, Student Supports, and Budget  Erie 1 BOCES
  • Lindsay Kranz, School & Docent Coordinator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Thembi Duncan, Director of Arts Engagement & Education, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Jennifer Fitzery, Senior Education Associate, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Joy Guarino, Associate Professor of Dance, Buffalo State College
  • Shane Hawkins, Director, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.
  • Kevin Kline, Youth Coordinator, Squeaky Wheel/ Buffalo Media Resources
  • Amelia Blake, Manager of Interpretive Programs, Explore & More Children’s Museum
  • Robin Parkinson, Director of Education, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Rosemary Williams, Program Director, Western New York Book Arts Center
  • Kathy Gaye Shiroki, Curator of Museum Learning and Community Engagement, Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College
  • Deborah Sunya Moore,  Vice President, Chautauqua Institution
  • Gina Miano, Director of Education, The Martin House
  • Jennifer Swan, Executive Director, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York
  • Tom Dreitlein, Youth Program Coordinator, Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology
  • Troy Paisley, Director of Education, Buffalo Zoo
  • Tracy Snyder, Education Director, Shakespeare in Delaware Park
  • Maria Ta, Program Manager, Ujima Company Inc.

Ex Officio

  • Jennifer Siepierski, Director of Programs & Education, Young Audiences Western New York
  • Allison Rabent, Programs & Communications Coordinator, Young Audiences Western New York