Welles V. Moot, Jr.
...Award honorees for 2003 were Gary Earl Ross, Individual Artist; Randall B. Kramer, Arts Administrator; Nancy Weekly, Behind the Scenes; Welles V. Moot, Jr., Patron of the Arts; Patrick Fagan, Special Arts Community Achievement and Douglas Schultz, recipient of the Knox Lifetime Achievement Award.
...Welles V. Moot, Jr.
2003 Patron of the ArtsWelles V. Moot, Jr.
, chosen as Patron of the Arts honoree, is President and Executive Director of the Western New York Foundation
, a significant supporter of local theaters and arts programs for over fifty years.Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Moot was one of a handful of men who formed the Studio Arena Theater, which is recognized across the country as one of the best regional theaters.
The Foundation has been a large supporter of Studio Arena Theater
since its inception, and has funded several of its projects, including support of new theaters produced by Studio Arena, such as the Irish Classical Theater, Alleyway Theater, and Ujima Theater. In 1978, the WNY Foundation gave a $100,000 challenge grant to begin the Fund for Theater, for which Mr.Moot has since served as president.
The fund currently consists of over $2 million, with over $400,000 of its funds given to Studio Arena Theater
in the past few decades.These contributions have been a vital part of Studio Arena's continuation as a primary theater in the Buffalo area.Mr. Moot
has given money annually to the fund, which clearly shows his
commitment to the arts in Western New York.Mr. Moot collaborated with Allen Sapp and Franz Stone in the 1970's to form Arts Development Services, which later became known as the Arts Council.With Moot's influence, the WNY Foundation provided the funds to begin the organization, and Moot served as a board member of the council for several years.
Back to the 2003 Arts Awards Mr. Moot
has also directed grants from the Foundation to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, WNY Public Broadcasting
(PBS), Buffalo Suzuki Strings, The Youth Orchestra Foundation, Lancaster Opera House, QRS Foundation, and the Adams Art Gallery
, to only name a few.The foundation has funded arts education, with grants to the Molly Olga Neighborhood Art Classes, The Greater Buffalo Development Foundation and The Creative Education Foundation
.Mr. Moot's contributions are endless, and many local endeavors have been touched by his