One of the hallmarks of the Center for the Arts is its community outreach. For more than a decade the Center has been involved in public service arts and educational enrichment programs that improve the quality of life for Western New Yorkers. Primary examples of outreach initiatives include the Center's:

Dance Residency outreach program that brings professional dance companies into area grade schools, high schools and art academies for workshops, demonstrations, and performances -- more than a dozen successful visiting artists have provided free dance performances and workshops for more than 30,000 students in grades K-12. These annual professional dance residencies often last up to three weeks.

School-Time Adventure Series that provides quality live musical theater and dance performances for children beginning with Pre-Kindergarten. This live theater experience is an important introduction for young audiences, designed to develop and grow an appreciation for the arts. The Series brings over 7,000 children each year into the Center's Main Stage Theatre - many on buses funded by a transportation stipend program;

Explore the Arts is a unique, one-week intensive summer program focusing on the technical and performance aspects of theatre for youth in grades 5-8. Classes are taught by University faculty and the Center's professional staff. Full scholarships are provided for children from underserved communities (transportation, meals, supplies and tuition);

Technical Theatre Summer Program provides technical theater training for WNY adults, college and high school students, taught by the Center's professional production staff on the stages and behind the scenes at the Center for the Arts.  

LIVE @ The Center is an award-winning weekly series featuring a unique blend of cutting-edge Western New York musicians and visual artists. Each event is free and open to the public. A multiple-camera crew captures footage for half-hour television episodes broadcast on WNED's Think Bright TV and New York Network and WNLO-TV and has reached over 750,000 households.  

Arts in Healthcare Initiative integrates innovative arts-focused programming in the hospital setting. This unique collaboration with both Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute will focus on encouraging the spirit to thrive in the face of physical and emotional difficulties.  

All of our outreach programs are supported by the gifts of individual donors. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to offer these programs.

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