Resolution J2614-2013

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Earl W. Brydges Artpark, located in Historic Lewiston, New York

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  40th Anniversary of Earl W.
Brydges Artpark, located in Historic Lewiston, New York

WHEREAS, The arts, in whatever  form  depicted,  are  central  to  human
expression;  they  are truly a universal language and their contribution
to the development of friendship and  understanding  among  all  peoples
cannot be underestimated; and
  WHEREAS, The history, the heritage, and the lives of the people of all
countries  and  all cultures are portrayed in their music and dance; the
art and act of sharing them enriches us altogether; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 40th Anniversary of Earl W. Brydges Artpark, to be  celebrated
Thursday, July 25, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Artpark  is  situated  on  150  scenic acres overlooking the
Niagara River Gorge and presents  a  summer-long  schedule  of  theater,
visual  and performing arts programming, outdoor concerts, family activ-
ities and special events; and
  WHEREAS, A National Historic Landmark  site  since  1998,  Artpark  is
located  on  picturesque land, rich in both Native American history, and
pioneer and early American history; approximately 12,000 years  ago  the
majestic  Niagara  Falls began to work its way upriver from this site to
its current location; and
  WHEREAS, In July of 1974, Artpark's Mainstage Theater opened  on  land
that was once the Lower Landing of the nine mile Niagara Portage; and
  WHEREAS,  Offering  visitors an inspiring blend of nature and art, the
mission of Artpark is to provide art education and programming,  nurture
and develop the talents of visual and performing artists, provide volun-
teer   experiences  in  the  arts,  and  present  high  quality  theatre
production and concert events  that  offer  entertainment,  as  well  as
cultural enrichment; and
  WHEREAS, Each summer, Artpark presents an exciting variety of Broadway
Musicals, special events, and headliner concerts in the 2,400 seat Main-
stage   Theater  and  adjacent  lawn;  the  outdoor  amphitheater  hosts
festivals including the popular "Tuesday in  the  Park"  summer  concert
series,  Free  Family Saturdays, unique camps for children, and free art
activities for thousands of families each summer; and
  WHEREAS, In its 11 year existence, Artpark's award-winning "Tuesday in
the Park" concert series has surpassed all other Western New York region
programs, summer events, festivals or music series, in  the  quality  of
performances and the annual growth in attendance; and
  WHEREAS,  Artpark  has received numerous awards and accolades, some of
which include Best Outdoor Music Venue, Best Music Series,  Best  Public
Party  Venue, Most Exciting Concert Series in Western New York, and Best
Outdoor Concert Event; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Artpark received a  Trailblazer  Award  in  2009
from The Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County, in recognition of excel-
lence,  innovation,  and  achievements  in the Western New York Arts and
Cultural Community, in addition to demonstrating leadership and progres-
sive thinking that has resulted in substantial  organizational  improve-
ment; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  a  two-time winner of the Niagara River Region
Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award, Artpark received the 2008 Communi-
ty Advocate of the Year Award by the Niagara USA  Chamber  of  Commerce,
and  the  2012 Amherst Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Award for outstanding
service to the Western New York region; and

  WHEREAS, Artpark President, George Osborne, was named one of  Business
First's  Most Influential People in 2012, and Business First's Power 200
Most Influential People in 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Artistic  and  cultural activities help people to lift their
minds away from their daily routines and  live  a  fuller  life  through
their  appreciation  of  creativity; and the creative energy of the arts
can translate into increased employment  opportunities  and  the  stimu-
lation of community and regional businesses and economic activity; and
  WHEREAS,  A  true  asset to society, Earl W. Brydges Artpark's distin-
guished record merits the recognition and  respectful  tribute  of  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Earl W. Brydges Artpark; and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to George Osborne, President of Earl W. Brydges Artpark.

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