COMMUNITY – Build deep, working, and trusting relationships across neighborhoods by creating a large, joyful, citywide production together.
JOBS – Provide opportunities for local - visual, dance, music, word - artists to expand their practices, networks and visibility.
EQUITY – Consciously recruit artists from all ethnicities regardless of organizational or professional status, as a means of incubating talent, building confidence, and professional expertise.
EDUCATION – Seed the next generation of artists and equity oriented cultural leaders across a range of media. Generate a sense of pride, understanding, and future possibility for all K-12 students across Western New York by providing a free Educator Resource Guide that celebrates their own and the city’s abundant history of innovation, resourcefulness, and immigrant traditions.
ARTMAKING – Believes in “art as diplomacy” - as a safe, positive, participatory, conversation generating activity where respect, empathy, and connection can be nurtured. Art is a powerful tool for the transformation of society and individuals.