We’re seeing a number of attempts by Buffalo churches to become more current in this day and age. From architecture tours to pet and bike blessings, to food share outposts to residential additions, to community and cultural spaces… there’s even a MASS Mob.
Now another church is getting into the action. South Park United Presbyterian Church in South Buffalo is reaching out to the art community to try to capitalize on some of its underutilized space. “Just a couple short years ago, South Park United Presbyterian Church was in dire trouble,” said cultural proponent Diane Breen. “Like many other churches, this once thriving house of worship had watched its congregation dwindle and the church itself had fallen into disrepair. Aside from its once-a-week religious service, the church went virtually unused. It was time to face the facts – if the church wanted to survive, it was going to have to change. The way they are doing this is by embracing the arts community. It now rents two of its underutilized rooms as studios to area artists and, on Friday, November 1st, it will hold a Art & Music Experience “loosely based” on the concept of Dia De Los Muertos (also known as the “Day of the Dead”). The event held a preliminary “Paint-A-Thon” on Sunday, October 20th (lead image). Area artists were allowed to create original works of art on the basement walls of the historic church. These artists will also be given the opportunity to display and sell their individual works during the event on November 1st.”
Date/Time: Friday, 11/1/13 | 7:00pm-12am | See a photo of the church
South Park United Presbyterian Church | 519 McKinley Parkway Buffalo, 14220
In addition to the art exhibition & sale, Dia De Los Muertos will feature:
5 Bands (including City of God & Third Realm)
An Ambient Noise Room
Aerial Dance Performances
The church’s sanctuary will become a temporary dance floor, with 3 DJ’s spinning from the balcony.