Experiencing part of Buffalo Through Art

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A cool initiative locally that has gathered steam over the last year is called Painting for Preservation.

From their website:

Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

What the group stages is something they call an “Art In” at a building or location at places in Buffalo.  I helped get them to do one at Saint Adalbert Basilica last year.

This is a video interview of the groups founders at the basilica.

The concept encourages people to explore different places around the city artistically. From personal experience, I gain a whole different perspective on something when I decide to photograph it. The beauty of what Painting for Preservation does is it brings  a group of people together to capture their individual artistic views of a place to help raise awareness of it.

Their “Art In” on Amherst Street in Black Rock allowed me to experience this piece of Buffalo on a artistic level.  I got to get a real feel for the area and feel it like I never have before.  Art is a great way to showcase a place because art speaks and touches people in different ways.

Painting for Preservation will post other artist’s work later this week.

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