A 2003 study found that the combined spending of 700,000 tourists at 17 "sample" arts and cultural attractions and the organization's own spending during the 2003 summer, had a $75 million impact on the Buffalo Niagara region. What is the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County? The Arts Council is a local organization, dedicated to advocating for and promoting the region's arts and cultural industry. What role does New York State government play in supporting Buffalo's arts and cultural organizations? The New York State Council on the Arts makes over 2500 grants each year to a variety of arts organizations throughout the state. What effect does Buffalo's decreasing population have on arts and cultural organizations? A 2007 study found that 3.3 million people visited 61 arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Buffalo Region in 2005.40 87% of these visitors however, lived locally.