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West Side: Open-Source Biography

Artist Tina Dillman (Project Grant) is working on a creative endeavor that means to explore the ‘hows’ and whys’ that brought the current West Side melting pot to a boil. Each person living on the West Side has an fascinating story, that can be played out as an artistic lesson for others, and for themselves.

In order to unravel the travels that led to the here and now, Project Grant will be curating a series of workshops, conducted by artist Kyla Avery Kegler. Kyla will be exploring the West Side human collective, via storytelling that will involve “character performing with masks/costumes, video self-interviewing, writing and exchanging/transferring personal narratives, and movement experimentation.”

The Open-Source Biography sessions will be held at the Richmond Ferry Church, thanks to support from CEPA, the Rosanna Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and the Richmond Ferry Church.

The community biography archive will ultimately be played out in autobiographical story-telling performances and installations for all of Buffalo to enjoy.

At this time, Tina and Kyla are looking for participants who would like to be involved with the workshops:

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday September 1, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Wednesday September 2, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Thursday September 3, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Saturday September 5, 12-1pm: yoga, 2-3pm: workshop
Tuesday September 8, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Wednesday September 9, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Thursday September 10, 5-6pm: yoga, 6-8pm: workshop
Saturday September 12, 12-1pm: yoga, 2-3pm: workshop
Sunday September 13- Final performance, 8pm

*Open to individuals Ages 16 and over who possess a basic ability to communicate in the English language. No extra previous experience or skill is necessary for participants. Participants must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 out of the 8 workshops as well as the final public sharing/performance. The workshop series is free of charge. All workshops will begin with one hour of yoga (5-6pm) which will be taught as an all-levels drop in class, also open to the general public on a donation basis.

Workshop places are limited so please register ahead of time if you would like to join the project. To register or for further questions/information, please send an email to:

Kyla Kegler:

Tina Dillman:



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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