About Us

Arts for Learning WNY'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. Services are provided in the eight counties of Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.

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For 60 years, Arts for Learning WNY has developed and delivered education programs in all artistic disciplines to more than 3 million children and families in Western New York. We present hundreds of individual programs, plus dozens of residencies, wherein our roster of Teaching Artists provide students, educators, and families with multi-disciplinary, multi-session education through the arts. 

EDUCATION: We are the leading arts education organization in Western New York seeking innovative, equitable, and inclusive ways to integrate arts into learning.

 

INSPIRATION: We are committed to empowering local artists to teach and inspire young people and educators through new and meaningful creative arts experiences.

 

CONNECTION: By serving as a reliable connector between artists and organizations and providing high quality education, we seamlessly fill a need to integrate arts into the classroom.

 

The professional Teaching Artists on our roster develop integrated arts learning experiences that address Next Generation Learning Standards and curriculum in all subject areas. Art forms include many genres of music, multi-media arts, theater, dance, and visual and literary arts. Partnerships for Arts For Learning WNY intentionally include programs that improve equitable outcomes and prioritizes mental health and continued social-emotional learning, especially for incarcerated youth, communities of color, refugee communities, New American populations, and those with physical and/or intellectual differences.

CORE VALUES 

COLLABORATION

CREATIVITY

INTEGRITY

RACIAL EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS 

OUR VISION

A world where the arts empower the community and transform young lives.