Culturals Kick Off "Give For Greatness"

March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Erie County cultural organizations have joined forces to launch a new plan to find funding they say they desperately need. Buffalo's culturals stuck together in a bitter battle with the county over $600,000 funding this year.

At a press conference today sponsored by Artvoice, the group expressed the need for continued government funding, but they are sticking together in their fight for private donations. Together, they launching the "Give for Greatness" campaign.

"We want to raise 1 million dollars because those are survivor funds. We don't want them to survive we want them to thrive." says Jamie Moses, publisher of Artvoice.

The one million dollar goal includes 430 thousand dollars pledged by Fund for the Arts. The money raised will be divided between 47 theater companies, literary organizations, and arts education programs. Every cultural organization cut from this year's county budget will benefit. "You can make a suggestion, but we really have a funding committee in place. And we'd rather not have it be selective."

"Give for Greatness" will include ads on billboards, buses, and here on WKBW, a sponsor of the campaign.

The campaign kicks off March 8th with the Mardi Gras celebration at 40 different Buffalo venues. A variety of events will follow ending with a Cinco de Mayo party at the Albright Knox. Give for Greatness will become an annual campaign, but arts supporters say they still need government support to survive.

You can make donations through their website starting March 8th.