Artpark’s Unique Foundation – An Introduction
Artpark is a one-of-a-kind cultural center in the 20th century evolution of public spaces for the live and visual arts. A constantly evolving history and culture is central to the land that has become known as the Niagara Frontier, where significant portions are held in civic trust, including the 150 acres that in 1974 were dedicated as the Earl W. Brydges Artpark, named after the state senator (1949 -1972) from the Niagara region, an advocate for the arts.
The Earl W. Brydges Artpark in Lewiston New York, was established in 1970* to afford the People of the State of New York the opportunity to view, enjoy and/or participate in live theatrical performances, musical concerts, dance, and the creation of artwork in the classical as well as contemporary genre, in a family-oriented State Park.
Artpark & Company is solely organized for the purpose of providing financial, management, operating and programmatic support to the 150-acre Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park. Since 1997, Artpark & Company has operated and continues to manage Artpark with an exclusive license granted by New York State Parks.
Situated on the traditional Indigenous lands of many nations over millennia, and specifically of the Haudenosaunee who live in Western New York, Artpark is committed to working with Indigenous people to create sustainable land-based programming in harmony and balance with the Natural World.
*Originally incorporated as Niagara Frontier Performing Arts Center in 1970 and renamed to Artpark & Co. in 1976.
Artpark & Company fosters a transformative world of artistic engagement that explores the human experience, cultivates creativity, and encourages curiosity. Our work is informed by a long tradition of discovery, an expectation of artistic excellence, and an awareness of the inspiration of singular natural splendor.
Located at the birthplace of Niagara Falls, and situated on traditional indigenous lands of many nations, Artpark & Company honors the historic legacy on which it was created, supporting the evolution of the arts and its role as a cultural leader, aspiring to a progressive future. We embrace a philosophy that Art, Culture, and Nature can harmoniously coexist and inspire. We advocate for every art, both known and not yet known, as created in public by diverse artists, often with assistance from their audience, attracted by the discovery, learning, and exploration that the arts encourage.
Each new visit to Artpark brings excitement, curiosity, and renewed perspectives.
We are an international destination for live and visual arts embracing the relationship of Art, Nature, and Culture to create experiences of discovery and awe.
Creative Excellence – We provide experiential programming that reflects the passion and imagination of both our artists and team, having unique and enduring impacts on our visitors and audiences.
Community – We are a core contributor to the cultural and economic well-being of our region. As a gathering place with many offerings, we are committed to building a sense of community responding to all ages and demographics.
Stewardship - We acknowledge and respect the land on which we operate, situated on the traditional indigenous lands of many nations over millennia and specifically the Haudenosaunee who live in WNY. We are committed to working with Indigenous peoples to create sustainable land-based programming and working in harmony and balance with the Natural World.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - We manifest the highest standards and maintain the ethical standards of public benefit. We are committed to maintaining full access to programs of original and creative excellence, facilities, and grounds, ensuring both the principles and advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, for our team members, volunteers, and artists.
Respect – We value all perspectives and opinions of our team, our partners at New York State, and our communities. We listen, lead, and respond together.
Constant Transformation - Our facilities and programming continuously reflect a diverse and ever-evolving group of performers, acts, artists as social issues of our time and of interest to our audiences change. We believe that art does not need to be permanent to be transformative.