The Elmwood Village Association (EVA) is hosting an Open House at its new office on Friday, July 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Complimentary beer, wine and ice cream will be served (while it lasts) on the front lawn of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, where EVA now resides. There will also be an unveiling of the new sculptural EVA letters, which have been permanently installed as a branding initiative for the organization. The industrial letters were designed and forged by Griffis Studios within the Essex Street Art Center. To add some pizzazz to the affair, Buffalo Aerial Dance performers will stage an aerial dance routine on the lawn as the unveiling commences.
“The move to the Lafayette Lofts represents the next step in the evolution of our organization, and an opportunity to serve the community even better,” says Executive Director Carly Battin (lead image). “We are committed to having an open door to respond to the community’s concerns, and this event is our first opportunity to welcome our neighbors into our new space.”
Board members and committee members will be on hand to welcome people to EVA’s new home, answer questions, and welcome community members into the fold. Rick Warne Photography will be snapping photos of guests as they pose with the new EVA sculpture, which was commissioned by the Elmwood Village Association using New York Main Street Grant funds.
It was the EVA that secured $150,000 in grant funds via a New York Main Street Grant, thus adding to the momentum of the adaptive reuse of the church. Along with EVA offices, the building also houses 21 residential rental units, the Professional Culinary Academy, event and meeting space, office space, and a newly renovated sanctuary space that will function as a home for the Lafayette Presbyterian Church congregation.
“EVA facilitates and organizes so much of what makes our neighborhood great,” says Lafayette Presbyterian Church Pastor Drew Ludwig. “We have loved having EVA as a friend and partner for over a decade, and we could not be happier to now be under the same roof.”
Food trucks and vendors include Abyssinia Ethiopian of the Westside Bazaar, GG’s Franks, and the OG Wood Fire Food Truck.
Lafayette Lofts | The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church | 875 Elmwood Avenue | Friday, July 24, 2015 | 5:00 to 8:00 pm | Free event