Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is holding an art auction and basket raffle on Sunday to make up for the $30,000 in funds cut by the Niagara Falls City Council.
Created more than 10 years ago from the former Niagara Falls High School, the building is home to the city's only arts and cultural center, home to more than 70 rent-paying artists, musicians and craftsmen, a ballet school, community theater, radio station, sound stage, two art galleries and several programs directed at a diverse population including the city's youth and the disabled community.
Recently members of the city council, faced with an austerity budget and spending freeze, cut the funding to the NACC, despite an offer from the Oishei Foundation to provide $15,000 in matching grants if the city could allocate $15,000. NACC leaders have planned the auction to offset the loss in funding.
Kathie Kudela called the cuts "especially disheartening" since the council heard from a large contingent of community supporters. However, just this week, the NACC received permission from the Oishei Foundation to take another shot at the $15,000 in matching grants, if NACC leaders are able to raise the funds.
"We're working very hard to meet that match," Kudela said.
The fundraiser will include about 200 items, including fine art pieces by both professional and amateur artists, as well as gift baskets donated by local businesses and community members. There will also be live music by Electric Rodeo and Amber, and food provided by Roaming Buffalo.
List of art items include: paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by professional artists including: Gary Wolfe, Jonathon Rogers, Judie Pufpaff, Cheryl Rutter, Deanna Weinholtz, Joan Johnson, Bart Taggart, Jason Buckley, Victor Marwin, Kim Davis, Dave Young, Tim Maloney, Cynthia Jozwick-Burge, Doug Hansgate, Cynthia Chantel, J. Carrier, G.Muth, and Connie Garver.
Basket items include: free website design and hosting, dental care, landscaping service, gift certificates to local hotels and restaurants, family pass to Fort Niagara, chocolate from Lindt Chocolates, voice and music lessons, jewelry, books, gym memberships, theme baskets and much more.
A preview of items will be available on Saturday. To donate to the event or for more information, phone 282-7530 or visit www.thenacc.org.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Art and basket auction fundraiser for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center • WHERE: At the NACC, 1201 Pine Ave. • WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with preview of items on Saturday • FOR MORE INFO: Visit www.thenacc.org or phone 282-7530