Buffalo Exchange Contribution to the Arts Award Goes to Steve Romaniello

Stephen Romaniello, an instructor of Digital Arts at Pima Community College and seasoned local digital artist and sculptor, is the 2012 Buffalo Exchange Contribution to the Arts Award of $10,000 by the Community Foundation forSouthern Arizona.

Steven Romaniello headshotMr. Romaniello was nominated for the award because of his substantial contributions to the higher understanding of the role of computers in digital arts and the application of such knowledge to classroom curriculum and tutorial projects for students. His resume includes a long list of notable awards, certifications, exhibitions, publications, and guest-speaking events.

The Buffalo Exchange Contribution to the Arts Award, a $10,000 cash award funded by the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts held at Community Foundation, was initiated by Buffalo Exchange founders Kerstin and Spencer Block to encourage creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts.

Candidates are nominated by friends or colleagues and selected by an anonymous panel of experts who are familiar with the Tucson arts scene. The focus of the award changes from one year to the next, highlighting important Southern Arizona contributors to performance arts, visual arts, or arts contribution and education. Candidates whose contributions fell within the arts contribution and education category were considered for the 2012 award. The Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $160,000 to individuals in the Tucson art community since 1994.

MEDIA INTERVIEW & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: We are happy to arrange interviews and photo opportunities for members of the media. Media also are invited to attend the invitation-only event at 5:30pm on January 9, 2012 at Beowulf Alley. 11 S. 6th Ave. in Tucson.  Please RSVP to mmaley@cfsaz.org or 520-770-0800 ext 7117.

About Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is an independently-owned, family-operated, and privately-held company based in Tucson, Arizona, which is where Kerstin Block opened her first store in 1974. The company prides itself as an advocate of the environment and recently implemented a “no bags” company policy, which aims to encourage the use of re-usable bags or bag-less shopping. The company also recently adopted the use of reusable pay cards and electronic funds transfer in lieu of printed checks for its employees, saving nearly 300 pounds of paper waste every year. More information about Buffalo Exchange is available at buffaloexchange.com; at any one of their social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram; or at any of their three Tucson locations.

About the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)

CFSA provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, portions of each fund are used to make grants, scholarships and awards in accordance with each donor’s intentions. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. In fiscal year 2011-12, the Foundation’s endowment totaled $105 million, contributions were $7.5 million, and grants totaled $5.3 million. For more information, call 520-770-0800 or visit cfsaz.org.