The 1891 Fredonia Opera House was named the 2020 WNY Arts Organization of the Year in the 7th annual Arts Services Initiative of WNY (ASI) Spark Awards competition. The awards are presented annually by the ASI to honor outstanding artists and cultural organizations in five counties of western NY, and were presented in a virtual ceremony which live streamed on YouTube Monday, Nov. 16.
The Opera House was recognized for “enhancing the cultural landscape of Chautauqua County since its grand reopening in November 1994 and creating a niche for itself as a year-round presenter of varied and quality entertainment amidst a thriving arts community.”
Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “We are so grateful to the Arts Services Initiative for all the work it does in serving the arts and for recognizing the Opera House this year. We couldn’t be more excited!” he notes. “Congratulations to the other winners and finalists, all of whom add immensely to western New York’s rich cultural landscape! And, of course, thank you to the Opera House’s members and contributors, who have supported and sustained us for the past 26 years.”
To view the entire awards ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG_p-axrkds