Artpark is hiring to help rebuild the workforce

LEWISTON, NY (WKBW) – Since the pandemic, 62% of working artists have been unemployed. And in terms of economic impact, the arts and culture industry lost $ 4.5 billion.

Art park received a $ 200,000 grant that will support artists, technicians and other professionals in the cultural sector.

“I just hope we can create something meaningful for the Artpark and the community around our park,” said the artist. Mohamed zaman.

Zaman is an artist from Buffalo and does freestyle calligraphy which consists of English, Bengali, and Arabic. The past year has been difficult for him; some of his shows have been canceled or delayed.

But now he’s working with Artpark on a mural.

“I hope to engage with the community and hopefully bring people together,” he said.

This year, Artpark said it will help rebuild the workforce here in western New York City by hiring more than 100 artists.

Thanks to a $ 200,000 grant, Artpark will support artists, technicians and other professionals in the cultural sector.

They will be paid for at least 131 full-time equivalent weekly hours.

“It is a mission that belongs to us, as Artpark, as an artistic institution, as a cultural institution,” said Sonia Clark, President of Artpark.

In a full year, Artpark contributes more than $ 13 million to the local economy.

“Artists provide economic resources – are an economic engine in any community. But they are also the community,” Clark said. “We often look at artists from the perspective of how artists serve the community, what about artists as a community? “

Art Park is now accepting requests for proposals from artists, as well as applications for other jobs in the park.

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