Arts Partners for Learning, an initiative managed by Arts for Learning WNY, has a mission to expand access to arts education for children in WNY, improve the capacity of our cultural organizations, and provide quality creative learning programs.
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Its Vision

Create opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and professional artists to work with schools and ultimately improve the educational outcomes for children. Led by a Leadership Team composed of leaders from the arts, cultural, education, and philanthropic sectors of Western New York, APL aims to bring arts and cultural programs to schools that are standards-based and integrated throughout the curriculum.

Its Mission

Expand access to arts education for children in WNY, improve the capacity of our cultural organizations, and provide quality creative learning programs.

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Who are Arts Partners for Learning?

APL is a regional partnership that was formed in 2011 with the vision to create opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and professional artists to work with schools and ultimately improve the educational outcomes for children. Led by a Leadership Team composed of leaders from the arts, cultural, education, and philanthropic sectors of Western New York, APL aims to bring arts and cultural programs to schools that are standards-based and integrated throughout the curriculum.  Now in its tenth year, APL comprises over 20 partners from the arts and cultural community who offer over 30 programs to area schools.  APL hosts professional development events for partners and others seeking best practices from across the country to improve the educational outcomes for students. 

Program Partners

(click on each partner to find out what they offer)

Collaborating Partners

APL Leadership

Lindsay Kranz

School and Docent Programs Coordinator

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Drew Kahn

Founding Director

Anne Frank Project

Jacqueline Swaby

Executive Director

Arts Council for Wyoming County

Devon Bradley

Engagement and Development Manager

Arts Services Initiative of WNY

Holly Grant

Grants & Programming Director

Arts Services Initiative of WNY

Jen Swan-Kilpatrick

Executive Director

Arts Services Initiative of WNY

 

Joe Dean

Director of Outdoor Education

Buffalo Audobon Society

Gina Burkhardt

President & CEO

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

Kamalah Poles

Director, Youth Arts & Technology

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

Anne Conable

Community Engagement

Buffalo & Erie County Library

Carrie Stiver

Executive Director

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Sara Miller

Director of Education and Programs

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Rachael Pudlewski

Education Manager

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Robin Parkinson

Vice President, Education & Community Engagement

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Michele Agosto

Director of Arts

Buffalo Public Schools

 

Joy Guarino

Director, Global Engagement

Buffalo State College

Andrew Borkowski

Education Director

Buffalo String Works

Yuki Numata Resnick

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Buffalo String Works

Tiffany Vanderwerf

Chief Conservation Officer

The Buffalo Zoo

 

Kathy Shiroki

Curatorial Assistant

Burchfield Penney Art Center

 

Michaela Worosz

Art Center Educator 

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Evan Wright

Community and Academic Engagement Manager

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

 

Tara Walker

Senior Manager of Marketing & Museum Public Relations

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

 

Deborah Sunya Moore

Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Chautauqua Institution

Suzanne Fassett Wright

Director of Arts Education

Chautauqua Institution

Daniel Lynch

Coordinator 

Erie 1 BOCES 

Elizabeth Freas

Assistant Superintendent

Erie 1 Boces

Brad Hahn

Executive Director

Explore Buffalo

 

Mack Barker

Education Coordinator

Explore Buffalo

 

Gina Miano

Director of Education

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

Zhenya Doolan

Programs Coordinator

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

 

Ian Seppala

Executive Director

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

 

Marissa Seib

Education Coordinator

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Shane Hawkins

Executive Director

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.

Stephen Schapero

Audience Services Manager

Irish Classical Theatre Company

 

Noah Falck

Education Director

Just Buffalo

 

Robin Lee Jordan

Writing Center Coordinator

Just Buffalo

 

Audrey Clark

Program Manager

Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

 

Alan Nowicki
Program Director
Roycroft Campus

Gabriella McKinley

Education & Community Outreach Associate

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

 

Sean Crawford

Director of Development & Operations

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

 

Alicia Rainey

Arts Engagement and Education Assistant

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Martina LaVallo

Communications & Education Coordinator

Squeaky Wheel

Maggie Parks

Teaching Artist

Starlight Studios

Dawne Hoeg

Founder and Executive Director

Stitch Buffalo

 

Michelle Perkins

Marketing and Communications Manager

Stitch Buffalo

 

Tracy Snyder

Executive Director

Theater of Youth

Mark Lozo

Education Director

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

 

Kimberly Adriaansen

Program & Experience Manager

Tifft Nature Preserve

Maria Ta

Program Director

Ujima Co. Inc.

 

Rosemary Williams

Education Director

Western New York Book Arts Center

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Amelia Schrader 

Executive Director 

Arts for Learning WNY​

Allison Rabent

Director of Programs

Arts for Learning WNY

Netanya Thompson

Program

Arts for Learning WNY

APL Funders

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