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Local church summons an Art & Music Experience

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)
Poetry Readings
An Ambient Noise Room
Aerial Dance Performances
Psychic Readings

The church’s sanctuary will become a temporary dance floor, with 3 DJ’s spinning from the balcony.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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