Partner Organizations

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Alleyway Theatre

Theater

Buffalo

Alleyway produces a continuous season consisting of six to seven new plays each year. Following over 40 seasons in-person, and one digital season, the company is committed to the continued production of new works, in either live or digital formats. Staples of the season include the winning play from our Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, the BUFFALO QUICKIES Short Play Festival, and the long running production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In addition to those annual traditions, Alleyway produces three to four additional new plays and musicals every season.

Aquarium of Niagara

Zoo

Niagara Falls

Go on an aquatic adventure at Niagara's other "wet wonder," the Aquarium of Niagara. Just a short walk from the Maid of the Mist, the aquarium has more than 120 species including playful penguins, rescued seals and sea lions, mesmerizing jellyfish and more! Roll up your sleeves and enjoy hands-on animal interactions with sharks and stingrays at M&T Bank Shark & Ray Bay. Watch daily feedings and educational presentations, sea lion shows, and expert talks.

Arts for Learning

Art

Buffalo

Young Audiences of Western New York’s mission is to inspire, expand learning, and strengthen our community through engagement with the arts. We offer assembly, workshop and long term residency programs with professional artists, committed to their craft, and using it as a tool for creative learning. Art forms include music, multi-media arts, theater, dance, and visual and literary arts. We provide services in the eight counties of Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.

Book Arts

Art

Buffalo

We believe that the book arts are for everyone, no matter your age or skill level. When you visit us for a hands-on workshop, to view an exhibition in our gallery, or to browse our shop of artist-made goods, we will be happy to share all of our book arts knowledge in an accessible way. Whether you are exploring a creative curiosity, honing your skills as a working artist, seeking professional development or planning a class outing as an educator, or interested in the storied past of book arts as a history buff, we will always meet you where you are in your book arts journey with the right amount of information and support for your project.

Brazen Faced Varlets

Theater

Buffalo

The Brazen-Faced Varlets’ mission is to produce consequential works with strong artistic integrity while being committed to promoting the growth of female theater artists. We seek to break out of the traditional and stereotypical gender roles onstage and behind the scenes. Our work is for everybody as we strive to challenge, to provoke, and to delight our audiences.

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Nature

Buffalo

The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. Visitors enjoy the amazing architecture and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. It is a gathering place where visitors can find peace and harmony and enjoy the simple power of the natural world. Some visitors also see it as a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

Buffalo AKG Gallery

Art

Buffalo

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) is one of the oldest museums dedicated to the art of our time, and the sixth oldest public art institution in the United States. It was founded in December 1862 as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy with former President Millard Fillmore among its incorporators. Throughout its evolution to the Albright Art Gallery, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and now the Buffalo AKG, our museum has been led by a series of talented and dedicated directors whose combined influence has given rise to an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art.

Buffalo Arts Studio

Art

Buffalo

Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) was established in 1991 to provide affordable studio space and impactful exposure for visual artists while also offering arts education and meaningful arts access for the entire community. Located on Buffalo’s east side, Buffalo Arts Studio has enriched a previously underserved area through dynamic and engaging arts programming, educational opportunities, and community events.

Buffalo Chamber Players

Music

Buffalo

As Buffalo’s preeminent chamber music ensemble, the Buffalo Chamber Players presents innovative music programs performed by our region’s finest musicians. The ensemble’s mission is to challenge, redefine and enhance the public’s perception of chamber music while promoting the city of Buffalo as an inspiring place to live, work, and play.

Buffalo Comedy Collective

Theater

Amherst

Long-running comedy club featuring interactive improv shows, plus snacks & non-alcoholic beverages.

Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus

Music

Buffalo

The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus is dedicated to producing vocal music of high quality in the rich tradition of men’s choral singing. We seek through song not only to entertain, but to enlighten. We sing to create harmony as we celebrate pride in the community and in ourselves.

Buffalo History Museum

Museum

Buffalo

The Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York's premier historical organization since 1862. We are the keepers of the authentic stories that make our community unique. Our collections, exhibits, and programs tell the stories of the people, events, and movements that demonstrate Western New York's essential place in shaping American history.

Buffalo International Film Festival

Film

Buffalo

Buffalo International Film Festival (est. 2006) champions regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema – presenting quality films from around the world to WNY residents and visitors. BIFF is committed to amplifying diverse voices and exhibiting cutting-edge programming in narrative, documentary and experimental film. A proud supporter of local filmmaking and the arts; BIFF also offers workshops, seminars, industry panel discussions, fiscal sponsorship and professional development opportunities, as well as an Offscreen series of art, music and performance.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Museum

Buffalo

Since 2010, the BMS has been on an aggressive path to renovate all of the museum’s permanent exhibit experiences, transforming its former diorama-based exhibits into eight highly interactive and immersive science studio exhibit spaces. These studios and accompanying workshop spaces leverage collections pieces as a foundation of history and information, and then combine them with immersive exhibits and environments to create modern exhibition spaces. The Museum also added the Buffalo Museum of Science 3D Cinema.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Museum

Amherst

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is an educational institution, chartered by the State of New York whose mission is to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the agricultural history and rural heritage of the Buffalo Niagara region. We are committed to making regional history a vital part of the Western New York community and to educating its citizenry in learning to shape a better future for all.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Music

Buffalo

Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador. JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning orchestra, which presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids and Youth concerts each year.

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Art

Buffalo

Dedicated to regional art since 1966. Consistent with its mission as both a single-artist and regional art center, the Burchfield Penney has throughout its history broadened its range of commitments and activities, while intensifying the museum's focus on the work of renowned painter Charles E. Burchfield.

Carnegie Art Center

Art

North Tonawanda

The Carnegie was originally built in 1903 as a Library that was gifted to the City of North Tonawanda by Andrew Carnegie. The building opened in December 5, 1904 and served as a public library for over 70 years. Since 1975, the building has functioned as the Carnegie Art Center providing artistic programming for the North Tonawanda community and beyond. The building features many of the original architectural features from 1904 and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Sites.

Explore & More Children's Museum

Museum

Buffalo

A world-class children’s museum that celebrates the power of child-led play has arrived at Buffalo’s doorstep. With four floors of fun to explore, the 43,000 sq. ft. museum sits at the crossroads between replica canals and bridges that have become year-round community destinations. The museum reflects that sense of place with thoughtfully crafted exhibits that help children develop a deeper sense of our world, our community and their place in it in a fun and engaging way for children and adults alike.

Explore Buffalo

Tours

Buffalo

Explore Buffalo® promotes Buffalo and Western New York history, architecture, and neighborhoods through quality education to learners of all ages.

Friends of Vienna

Music

Buffalo

The Friends of Vienna welcomes you to our 46th season. We hope that you will enjoy our new program lineup. All concerts are at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons at our usual venue, the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY. Parking is free and all parking spots behind the church are available for your use on Sundays! Overflow parking is available next door, behind the Gromo Sinus Center.

Graycliff

Museum

Derby

Graycliff was built between 1926-31 for Isabelle R. Martin, wife of industrialist Darwin Martin, as a summer home for the family. Standing majestically on the shore of Lake Erie, Graycliff is a monument to one of the greatest American tales ever told. It’s a story about a wealthy businessman’s ambition of building a breezy summer retreat for his family, a woman’s steadfast influence in an otherwise male-dominated society, an acclaimed architect on the downward slope of his career, and a country on the brink of a financial crisis that threatened to extinguish it all. As the Graycliff Story continues to unfold, we welcome you to join us on the journey!

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Museum

North Tonawanda


​The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, operated by the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, is a premier national historic site and community resource for family recreation and learning that fosters an appreciation for the unique heritage of the carousel and related industries in the Niagara Region.

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Theater

Buffalo

The Irish Classical Theatre Company is a performing arts theatre located in Buffalo, NY. It presents outstanding productions at The Andrews Theatre, Western New York's only true theatre-in-the-round. In this intimate setting, you’re never more than 10 feet from the stage.

Jewish Repertory Theatre

Theater

Getzville

The Jewish Repertory Theatre is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Founded in 2002, the JRT is a professional theatre whose mission is to present high quality plays grounded in Jewish life, themes, and values. Through our productions, audiences of diverse beliefs and backgrounds explore both the uniqueness of Jewish heritage and cultural experiences, as well as those that are shared with others. Drama illuminates the human condition, and the JRT strives to bring this into focus through the lens of Jewish theatre. The Jewish Repertory Theatre is theatre for everyone.

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Speaker Series

Buffalo

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s mission is to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts. And for more than 45 years, we have brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted poetry events and readings, and supported the development of young writers.

We believe in the love of reading, the art of writing, and the power of the literary arts to transform individual lives and communities.

Kenan Center

Art

Lockport

Visitors from all over the world enjoy walking the Kenan Center campus to see the 1800’s Victorian mansion and the beautifully landscaped grounds that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. William Rand Kenan, Jr. The Center has grown from a community center, which has served the residents of Lockport, New York since its official dedication in 1969, to become one of the premier facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region for arts, education and recreation programming. Visit our Gardens & Grounds page to learn more about the Kenan House, Taylor Theater, Education Building, Kenan Arena and Kenan Gardens.

Martin House

Museum

Buffalo

A National Historic Landmark and a premier New York State Historic Site, Martin House is operated under a cooperative agreement with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Today, the fully-restored Martin House stands as a compelling symbol of civic identity and cultural pride.

Music Is Art

Music

Buffalo

Music is Art is dedicated to creating opportunities that fuel the unifying power of music in our region.

MusicalFare Theatre

Theater

Amherst

MusicalFare Theatre is a not-for-profit professional musical theatre company dedicated to becoming a significant regional theatre with national prominence by developing and presenting world premiere musicals, re-imagined classic musicals and regional premieres. MusicalFare Theatre is in residence at Daemen University, but independently operated, and performs year-round at its intimate 136 seat theatre. In 2014, MusicalFare added a 97 seat cabaret space where it hosts local, regional, and national cabaret artists throughout the year.

Neglia Ballet

Dance

Buffalo

Neglia Ballet Artists enriches the region’s culture and preserves the art of ballet by offering accessible performances, ballet classes, international summer intensive programs, and free workshops for underserved youth. Neglia teaches over 100 youth and adult students each year at our state-of-the-art spacious conservatory on the 6th floor of the iconic Tri-Main Center in Buffalo, NY.

Students ages 8+ are invited to audition to dance alongside professional artists in The Nutcracker held annually at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. In its 12th season, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition in Western New York and Southern Ontario and delight for all ages.

Niagara Arts and Cultural Center

Art

Niagara Falls

As the largest multi-arts center in up-state New York, the NACC is home to more than 75 artists and arts groups: over 60 artist studios, 3 public galleries, and multiple private galleries, three theaters, a radio station, a certified sound stage / movie production facility, the Niagara Falls High School alumni center, and the NACC Artisan Café & Gift Shop.

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Museum

Museum

Niagara Falls

The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the most basic rights of liberty.

Nickel City Opera

Music

Buffalo

With the continued goal of producing high quality opera and quest to bring opera to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, NCO looks forward to building on its success through acclaimed performances, innovative fundraising and community outreach. Celebrating its 13th year anniversary, NCO has garnered artistic praise and is grateful for the generous community support of Western New York.

Old Fort Niagara

Museum

Youngstown

The Old Fort Niagara Association operates Old Fort Niagara under license from the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Association is responsible for opening the Fort to the public on a regular schedule, providing visitor services, maintenance and security, upholding State standards for historic preservation, providing interpretive programming and managing and caring for a large collection of artifacts and documentary materials. The Association also manages an ambitious publications program and conducts archaeological research in cooperation with Buffalo State College.

Peach Mag

Speaker Series

Peach Mag is an independent and volunteer-run literary publishing project. Our flagship publication is our online journal, where we publish a new literary or visual art feature every Tuesday and Friday. We also publish video accompaniments to the journal on YouTube (Bites), as well as two columns of conversations with contributors and friends of Peach (Favorite Books + Indie Lit). In addition to our journal, we produce print anthologies (Mixes + Yearbooks), live and virtual events (Episodes + Crossover Episodes), and an annual apprenticeship for emerging teen editors (Seeds).

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve

Nature

Blasdell

Today, the centerpiece of Penn Dixie is a fossil quarry — ranked #1 in the U.S. in a scientific study — which is a global geological treasure that attracts thousands of visitors from across the world every year. Visitors to Penn Dixie are encouraged to collect — and keep — fossils from a shallow ocean environment that existed 380 million years ago.

Road Less Traveled Productions

Theater

Buffalo

Road Less Traveled Productions challenges audiences through provocative storytelling and passionate artistry. The RLTP Ensemble constructs bold and imaginative ways to explore, discuss, and understand timely and timeless issues that connect diverse communities, globally and locally, to the commonality of human experience. Our mission is to develop the canon of contemporary voices through production of new and notable works by regional and national playwrights, creating unforgettable live theatre experiences that bring value to our lives.

Squeaky Wheel

Art

Buffalo

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (Buffalo Media Resources INC) is an artist-run, non-profit, media arts center based in Buffalo, New York.[1][2][3] Founded in 1985, the organization provides the Western New York region with low-cost media equipment rentals, media arts education for youth and adults, residencies for artists and researchers, and exhibitions, screenings, and other public programming

Starring Buffalo

Theater

Buffalo

Starring Buffalo was founded in December 2017 to connect, entertain, teach, and thrill, and above all, to provide top-quality musical theater. Drew Fornarola, Artistic Director, was inspired by NYC’s City Center Encores! Series, which offers short-run, unstaged versions of musicals starring superb Broadway performers, a perfect model for attracting busy acting professionals to build top-quality musical experiences out of town. The final twist was to make the professional performances a participatory opportunity for students: by allowing high school choirs to join in rehearsing and performing these shows, they would get a window into a life in professional theater.

Theater of Youth

Theater

Buffalo

Theatre of Youth Company, Inc. (TOY) stimulates the imagination, nurtures the creative spirit and enhances the education of young people by engaging them in relevant, child-centered, and professionally-produced live theatre programs. TOY believes meaningful childhood experiences in the theatre develop confidence in creative thinking skills, cultivate empathy and establish a life-long connection to the arts.

Torn Space Theater

Theater

Buffalo

Torn Space Theater is housed in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo. The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle is a non-profit private club founded in 1895. It is the oldest Polish American organization in Western New York and is the oldest surviving Polish library in Buffalo. The library holds about 12,000 volumes with 400 hand-copied plays. The bar serves over 50 different imported beers with a large Polish selection. The “Circle” is also home to a large annual Dyngus Day party, as well as other cultural events. Torn Space Theater is located in the Historic Polonia district, only five minutes from Downtown Buffalo and three minutes from the Larkin District. Throughout the season, Torn Space hosts several fundraisers, parties and special events ,featuring the tasty drink selection at Mickie’s as well as food from Buffalo favorites. The upstairs space is home to our Speakeasy Series that regularly presents distinguished speakers for each production.

Trinity Episcopal Church: Fresh Voices Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Buffalo


Fresh Voices @ Trinity is a conversation series featuring leading speakers who offer new and provocative perspectives by reflecting on their sources of inspiration.

Ujima Theater Company

Theater

Buffalo

Ujima Company Inc. (UCI) is a multi-ethnic and multicultural professional theatre whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation, and performance of African American theatre by providing working opportunities for established artists and training experience for aspiring artists.