ARTPARK is a park and a cultural institution located on the Niagara Gorge, USA. Established in 1974, Artpark is a collaboration between the New York State Parks and the cultural nonprofit institution Artpark & Company.

Artpark is currently programmed and managed by an independent nonprofit Artpark & Co. and is widely regarded as a summer outdoor music venue ranked one of the top 100 Amphitheaters Worldwide by Pollstar.  Artpark delivers 150+ events attended by 150,000+  visitors, on 150+ acres of land over 110 days of summer.  Ninety of these events are community & family programs delivered to over 50,000+ people at low or no cost.   Artpark & Co. programming delivers $13-Mil in estimated annual economic impact on the community.

Artpark Administration
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Artpark Box Office
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MISSION

Artpark & Company produces and presents excellence in the performing and visual arts, and creates unique cultural experiences in a casual, natural setting. Artistic talent is nurtured and allowed to flourish in an atmosphere that is entertaining, educational and interactive for Artpark visitors.

Artistic Legacy

Originally owned and operated by New York State, Artpark opened in 1974 as an unprecedented experiment in artist-public interaction and site-specificity that balanced a populist mission with the commissioning of some of the most avant-garde, investigational art of its day.  Over its first decade (1974-1984) it commissioned hundreds of artists and collectives to realize new work during the summer months. At the end of the season it was either destroyed or owned by the artist.

It was the site of Adam Sonfist’s Pool of Virgin Earth, a 25-foot-diameter (7.6 m) clay basin for catching aerial seeds and projects by several women artists in the 1970s. It continued to be an important laboratory for outdoor sculpture, with over 200 artists and collectives creating art and installations between 1974 and 1984 including works by including Charles Simonds, Ant Farm, Dale Chihuly, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelle Stuart, Alice Adams and Agnes Denes and Nancy Holt to name just a few.

With State Funding cuts in the early 1990s and the restructuring of Artpark as a partnership between New York State Parks and the independent non-profit Artpark & Company, the residency program ceased to exist, giving way to outdoor music concerts and summer stock musical theatre from 2000-2015.

Laurie Anderson

 

Mary Miss
Suzanne Harris
Omega

 

Richard Miles
Ant Farm
Helene Valentin

Images from “ARTPARK 1974-1984” published by University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Princeton Architectural Press

As part of Artpark’s new long-term strategic thinking, a major Master Plan has been launched toward an ongoing transformation plan through design, technological advancement, economic sustainability and cultural leadership.

Music and Theater at Artpark

When Artpark opened in 1974 the stage of the main theater was among the largest in the entire State of New York and by far the best equipped in Western New York to produce fully staged theatrical productions.  As early as 1975, the first full year of operation, Music Theater began to play a prominent role at Artpark with the production of Man of La Mancha.  Over 10,000 people attended the five performances of this musical and the glorious history of musicals at Artpark was off and running.

Over the course of the next 40 years, 104 fully staged musicals would be produced and presented on the Artpark stage before audiences ranging from 10,000 to 40,000. Over the course of it 40 year history, over 2.5 million persons have attended musical theater performances at Artpark.

In 2018, Artpark undertook a fresh iniative that gave the spotlight to our Western New York community in a musical theatre production of  THE ODYSSEY by Todd Almond and Lear Debessonet.  This groundbreaking community collaboration involved over 200 participants including theatre professionals, volunteers and community organizations. Broadway stars joined community actors, students and volunteers. Supporters graciously donated food, rehearsal space and monetary contributions. Months of workshops, rehearsals and artistic collaboration came to a triumphant presentation at Artpark's Mainstage Theater on August 4 and 5, 2018.

In our 40 year’s history, some of the lead artists in the nation had performed at Artpark on both our stages – the outdoor Amphitheater (10,000 capacity) and indoor Mainstage Theater (4,000), including:

Alvin Ailey,  Baryshnikov, Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Paul Taylor Dance, Twyla Tharp, Pilobolus, Martha Graham, Bale de Rua (Brazil), Lehrer Dance and many others at the Mainstage Theatre;

Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Boy George & Culture Club, B-52s, Blondie, Melissa Etheridge, Chicago, Chick Corea, Flaming Lips, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jack White, Goo Goo Dolls, Joan Baez, Sting, Jeff Beck, Doobie Brothers, Chris Isaak, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Garbage, Arctic Monkeys, Trombone Shorty, The Flaming Lips among innumerous others at the Amphitheater;

David Brubeck,  Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, Gladys Knight, Itzhak Perlman, Dizzy Gillespie, Van Cliburn, New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic in the jazz and classical concerts at the Mainstage theatre.

ARTPARK INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS: 2019 – 2021

Artpark Play Out Loud

World-class arts and entertainment made accessible to all.

Artpark Bridges: Connect Empower Create

Artpark artists empower the community with creative tools and collaborative engagement. 

Artpark Laboratory

Artists in residence investigate and challenge complex issues of sustainability, and make them tangible through public art.

Artpark Heritage

Artistic legacy is bridged with progressive future in the arts, culture and technologies.

Artpark Master Plan 2020

A long term roadmap toward improvements of Artpark facilities, programs, park grounds, and connectivity with surrounding communities, parks & trails.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Artpark & Company Board of Directors is a volunteer assemblage comprised of community leaders, tourism officials and other esteemed Western New York businesspeople. These individuals are imperative in Artpark's planning process, budget development, sponsorship obtainment and event organization.

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Dena Armstrong - Chairperson
Vincent Agnello - Vice Chair
Alison W. Lytle - Vice Chair
Stephen Turner - Treasurer
Mary Jo Farrell - Secretary

 

Directors
Ruthanne O'Dell Armstrong
Joanne Bauer
Jason Brydges
Thomas B. Burrows
John Camp
Joseph Certo
Paulette M. Crooke
Francine DelMonte
Michael J. Dowd, Esq.
Daniel Forsyth
Christopher Leardini
Gary Marchiori
Skip Mazenauer
Mark Mistretta
Daniel Montante
Marcy Newman
Joseph Philippone
Allison Sagraves
Duncan Smith
Michael Vitch
Jeffrey Williams

Directors Emeritus
Frederick Attea
Earl W. Brydges, Jr., Esq.
Rose Gellman
Ruth Sass

Advisory Council
Steve Broderick
Thomas Brydges, Esq. 
Daniel E. Cantara III
Terry Collesano
Thomas J. Fatta
Brian Geary
Michele O. Heffernan, Esq.  
Pamela Jacobs-Vogt
Seymour H. Knox IV
Angelo J. Morinello
Robert G. Ortt
Sophia Smith
Richard Soluri
Lorie L. Washuta
Anne Welch
Rebecca Wydysh

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF LISTING

 

Sonia Clark

Executive Director

 

 

Francine Delmonte

Volunteer Coordinator 

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[email protected]  

Maria Hays 

Director of Communications 

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[email protected]  

David Hobba

Facilities Operations Manager

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[email protected]

Maureen Kellick 

Director of Corporate Sponsorships

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[email protected] 

Jessica Linderman

Box Office Manager

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[email protected]

Katie Miller 

Business Manager

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[email protected] 

Nancy Osborne 

Director of Patron Services 

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[email protected] 

Michael Riccio Development Associate ext. 153 [email protected]

Susan Stimson 

Production Manager 

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[email protected] 

Carrie Veltri

Director of Development

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[email protected]

Dave Wedekindt

Director of Marketing & Sales

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Tanis Winslow

Director of Visual Arts & Family Programs

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[email protected]

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Event-related (audience) spending by the 234,000 who attended Artpark's 2018 (annual) programming generates an economic impact of  $13.7 million dollars.

 

The above economic impact results in the support of 391 full time equivalent jobs.

Artpark generates over $640,197 in revenues annually for local government.

Artpark generates over $773,544 in revenues annually for state government.

Artpark spends over $5.6 million in the local and regional area (community) for services, equipment, supplies and advertising.

* Data from Americans for the Arts 'Arts & Economic Prosperity IV': The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry (Calculator).