A new call for artwork is being promoted in North Tonawanda. The overarching scope of the project – called Art on Oliver Street – is to create a series of public art installations along the street, which would help to energize the commercial corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.
“I manage the Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda and I’ve been working with Lumber City Development (the local development firm in NT) to raise funds for a public art initiative on Oliver Street in NT,” said Natalie Brown, Grants & Programming Director of Arts Services Initiative of WNY. “We now have the funds and the plan, and we are seeking artists to get involved. Buffalo area artists are welcome to apply.”
Sometimes, the best way to invigorate a street it to bring artistic vibrancy to the corridor. We recently saw that on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo, where Councilman Joel Feroleto has been instrumental in procuring a number of larger-than-life mural installments.
The Olivers Street art project will take place between Thompson and Wheatfield. Along that stretch, artists reproductions will be hung in upwards or 24 vacant and underutilized storefront windows. The project will also include the installation of a large mural and a 3D window display. The end result will be an “art walk” for passersby to enjoy.
“It is our hope that Art on Oliver Street will generate foot traffic, bring attention to these buildings, and showcase the talents of the local arts community” states Laura Bernsohn, Planning and Development Specialist at Lumber City Development Corporation.
The program is currently seeking artist submissions which will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the local arts community, community leaders, and business owners. All artists are encouraged to apply and can find out more information by visiting: www.lumbercitydc.com. Artwork will be installed in Spring 2019 and a public opening night celebration will occur in June. Funding for this project was awarded to Lumber City Development Corporation through the OATH Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County.