Not only is the Market Arcade becoming a landing place for a few key retailers, it’s also becoming known as an ideal spot for some longstanding Buffalo non-profits. Now Squeaky Wheel is pulling up stakes from Main Street, to join a number of other non-profits in the building, including CEPA Gallery, Music is Art and Just Buffalo. Could this be the non-profit collective building that people have been waiting for?
“I knew when we acquired Market Arcade that it had a powerful presence in the arts community, and we want to preserve and enhance that”, comments Nick Sinatra (of Sinatra Development), owner of the Market Arcade building. “Squeaky Wheel is doing great work in media arts, and I see them as being a great complement and asset to Market Arcade.”
Squeaky Wheel will be taking over the former Buffalo Niagara Visitor’s Center space within the building in 2015. Unbeknown to many, is that the location also comes with a small theater (called a Microcinema*), which should be perfect for showing indie films and videos. It’s also a more highly visible location for the media arts organization – right in the heart of the Theater District. There is also plenty of traditional white-wall gallery space, which should be well-utilized by emerging digital media artists.
“The decision for this relocation came out of our strategic planning process, which happily intersected with the planning of our thirtieth anniversary celebrations. What better way to kick off a new decade than with a moving party?” states executive director, Jax Deluca. “We truly believe in Nick Sinatra’s ability to turn the Market Arcade into a bustling hub for Buffalo residents and visitors alike – Squeaky Wheel are excited to be part of this vision!”
Until recently, Squeaky Wheel made its home in the Ansonia Center (700-block of Main Street), where it resided for a decade. The space within the Market Arcade is currently occupied by the Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
Join Squeaky Wheel at the Market Arcade on December 10, 2014 for its annual Dysfunctional Holiday Party. Come celebrate the move, with one of the city’s most cherished arts organizations (see details below)
*You can become an ever-lasting component of this new space by participating in the naming campaign. Naming opportunities range from $15 to $250 and will buy you the naming rights for Microcinema seats, tabletops, and even the water cooler! Visit the website for complete list of items at www.squeaky.org.