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Buffalo Mural Arts Fundraiser

On Sunday, June 7th, 2009, the Buffalo Mural Arts Program (BMAP)
will host a fundraiser and visual arts show at the Buffalo Central Terminal. A
free concert, featuring local bands Type Relevant, The Broadcast, The
Incurables, Chris Brown and more, will be held outside the event. 

Last year, Kimberly Moore, a UB graduate, worked for council
president David A. Franczyk through the UB Inner City Internship program.
Through her internship, Moore created the Buffalo Mural Arts Program in an
effort to help revitalize the Broadway-Fillmore area. The BMAP aims to enliven
the city through visual art.

“We look at high-visibility sites that through mural
painting will create a buzz and lead to increased interest in the area, and
eventually economic reinvestment,” said Mark Byrnes, an interim manager of
the BMAP. “We understand murals alone will not revitalize Buffalo, but can
be the conversation starter that gets the ball rolling again,” he said. 

The BMAP works in conjunction with the B.E.S.T. Community
Association, a non-profit, grassroots organization located on the east-side of
Buffalo, that aims to empower residents and revitalize the community.

“Mural Art, when done well and at the right site, can
transform the image of a neighborhood,” Byrnes said. “To see a
neglected area is indeed cared for can truly help spark community activism, and
even lead to new economic investment. That is what we are trying to achieve
through this project,” he said.

The organization relies on artistic and volunteer efforts to
create mural art that celebrates the history of Buffalo and conveys a bright
future for the city. The BMAP and local artists, who have volunteered their time,
plan to paint various buildings in the Broadway-Fillmore area. Artist Anna
Knudsen, a UB graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, will be painting
a mural at 1105 Broadway Street (above) over the summer. 

The fundraiser event will include a raffle. Among the great
prizes are gift certificates to local restaurants and passes to the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penny Art
Center, and Darwin Martin House

All proceeds from the upcoming fundraiser will provide the
organization with art supplies, insurance and a small stipend for participating
artists. 

The event will take place at the Buffalo Central Terminal
located at 495 Paderewski Drive from 10 AM until 4 PM.

If you would like to volunteer for this event or make a
donation, please contact Mark Byrnes at
buffalomuralarts@gmail.com for more information. 

 

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