Opera House Named Spark Award Finalist

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Entrance.

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1891 Fredonia Opera House

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has been named a finalist for a Spark Award in the Cultural Organization of the Year category. The awards are presented annually by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York to honor outstanding artists and cultural organizations in five counties of western NY.

The Spark Award name was inspired by Auguste Rodin’s pronouncement that “the artist must create a spark before he can make a fire; and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” Awards are given annually for Lifetime Achievement, Rising Star, Arts Integration, Advocate for the Cultural Sector, Unsung Hero, Arts Supporter, Artist of the Year, Organization of the Year, Legacy Award and Decentralization Grant Program of the Year.

The Opera House was nominated for its continued programming development, including the addition in 2016 of the Art & Architecture On Screen series, and for its recent collaborative programming work with the State University of New York at Fredonia and the North Shore Arts Alliance, among others.

The Opera House is one of three organizations named a finalist in the Cultural Organization of the Year category; the others are the Kenan Center and the Springville Center for the Arts. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner on Wed., May 10, at the newly renovated Hotel Henry in Buffalo.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.