Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) and the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) are in the midst of collaborating on an event that aims to promote the arts in all corners of Western New York. Each year the art lottery is held at one of two locations, BCAT or RCC. At the same measure, the beneficiary of the lottery also switches up. This year the event will be held at the home of BCAT – 1221 Main Street.
The way the lottery works is, guests arriving to the event are provided with a random number. That number is the ticket to walking away with a work of art at the end of the evening. The means that, depending on the numeric sequence, some guests will be able to choose first, while others will have to wait until their number is up. Fortunately, desirable art is in the eye of the beholder, which means that everyone has a good chance of claiming a prized piece of their own. In the end, it’s the RCC and BCAT that are the biggest beneficiaries of the lottery – money raised help with crucial programming initiatives.
“We look at this partnership as a wonderful opportunity for two organizations with complementary causes to work together to bring creativity to our communities in several ways from a unique art event to helping people of all ages to experience art in their lives.” states Curt Maranto, Executive Director of the Roycroft Campus. “It is really inspiring for the Roycroft to work with BCAT.”
The Roycroft Campus continues to operate as a retreat for artisans whose life mission it is to create works that align with original arts and crafts code. BCAT offers after-school arts programs and vocational training for those who would otherwise not have access to such conveniences. While having diverse roles in the community, both organizations embrace the mantra that art is a powerful tool that should be provided to anyone, no matter their circumstances.
“The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology embraces this collaboration with the Roycroft Campus. The Roycroft ideals of art and craftsmanship as instruments of social reform mirror the BCAT mission of impacting our community through the arts. Working in partnership with the Roycroft has the potential to strengthen both our organizations and broaden our impact” adds Amber Dixon, Executive Director of the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.
At this time, the organizers of the lottery are asking national and local artists, and art collectors, to donate a work of art to the affair*.
Art Lottery | June 18, 2015 | Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology | 1221 Main Street | Tickets |
*Any artists or collectors interested in supporting the Art Lottery with a donation may contact Laura Hopkins at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. Laura can be reached at 716.259.1680 ext. 105 or Hopkins@bufcat.org.