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You might know him as the person who started Albany’s 1st Fridays arts walk to revitalize Lark Street and downtown Albany, the organizer who brought musician Moby to Larkfest, or the Capital District’s proud champion of LGBTQ and minority individuals over the last decade. Now, Michael Weidrich G’06, G’10 is back in his native Buffalo as the executive director of Young Audiences of Western New York (YAWNY), an-arts-in-education organization that provides a wide range of arts and cultural programs to the region’s school children.

Skilled and accomplished in arts advocacy, business development, and social-justice activism, Weidrich is a Renaissance man who starts renaissances in his own communities. A rarity with a BFA and an MBA, he’s an artist who’s adept at business, and a businessperson who’s at home in the arts.

Read more about Weidrich here.