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11
Apr
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Comedians with Disabilities Act at Hallwalls Bringing Laughs to Benefit LDA

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By Parrish Gibbons, Director of Community Relations, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

The Comedians with Disabilities Act (CDA), a comedy troupe made up all disabled comics, who after their first sold-out show got booked in such famed venues as San Francisco’s Punch Line and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, are in Buffalo tonight for a one-time performance.

“Lots of able-bodied comedians out there tell blind or wheelchair jokes and get the audience to laugh AT people with disabilities,” said Michael O’Connell, the group’s wheelchair representative and founder of the troupe. “But wouldn’t it be more fun for the crowd, we thought, to be invited to laugh WITH people with disabilities instead? Read moreRead more

8
Apr
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City of Night Calls for Submissions from Visual and Performing Artists – VIDEOS

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By Seamus Gallivan

Calling all visual and performing artists – CITY of NIGHT Buffalo is seeking submissions for its third annual spectacle of creative place-making on Saturday, June 28th, 2014, at Silo City, a once-forgotten collection of warehouses and grain elevators on the revitalized Buffalo River. Read moreRead more

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20
Feb
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“REEL: A Queer Film Party” to Set Sail at Hallwalls

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By Frits Abell and Paul Morgan

REEL: a queer film party is a new initiative for the LGBT community, and anyone who likes film and fun.

The bi-monthly event – which is meant to be an alternative to the bar scene – kicks off on Friday, February 21st, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave, downtown, 8pm).  While the evening is centered on a film of interest to the community, other programming features Read moreRead more

31
Jan
Starlight Artists lining in front of the gallery In their hand-painted t-shirts for an “art intervention” with 							   	 visiting artist Carmen Einfinger, who was in town for the Echo Art Fair

Starlight Spotlight – Studio Receives International Recognition

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By Jennifer Ryan, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

The Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and support individuals with disabilities and their families, recognized Starlight Studio and Art Gallery on their internationally followed  blog in their latest write-up, “17 Amazing Art Studios for People with Special Needs.”  Starlight is part of a growing worldwide community of art programs created for people with disabilities; it was the first studio of its kind in Western New York and is currently home to 42 artists. Read moreRead more

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28
Dec
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BBBS of Erie County to Present “The Art of Friendship”

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By Kerry Alsheimer, Community Relations Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) is excited for the month of January because it is National Mentoring Month!

The Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership started this campaign in 2002 to raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms and recruit individuals to mentor. To celebrate the occasion, BBBSEC will be kicking off The Art of Friendship Traveling Art Show! Read moreRead more

11
Dec
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Starlight Spotlight: Local Favorites Invited to Holiday Art Celebration

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By Jennifer Ryan, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery is proud to be part of Buffalo’s ever-growing art scene and even prouder to be part of such a tightknit community. We take pride in exploring the world around us and inviting other members of this city to share their art and ideas with us.

Starlight always features an array of affordable and dynamic works in a multitude of mediums: paintings; ceramics; weaving; stitched works; jewelry; multimedia sculptures and other totally unexpected combinations of materials. You need to see it to believe it. Read moreRead more

18
Nov
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Road Less Traveled Production of “Clybourne Park” Resonates with Race Relations in Buffalo

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By Seamus Gallivan

Addressing race relations and their effect on society brings about a wide range of responses – such discussions are usually uncomfortable, often profound, sometimes funny, and generally necessary.

Framed within this context and the issue of the “white flight” form of suburban sprawl is Bruce Norris’ Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park, a bit of a sequel to what The New York Times called “The play that changed American theater forever,” Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun. Inspired by its relevance to life in Buffalo, Road Less Traveled Productions Artistic/Executive Director Scott Behrend has brought Clybourne Park to Buffalo, with  Read moreRead more

14
Nov
McKinley CAO & Young Audiences 21st Century Visual Arts residency, December 2012 - photo from YA-WNY

An Insider’s Look Into a Young Audiences Partnership

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By Nancy Sterman, Director of Education, Young Audiences of Western New York

 

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It is one of the great joys of my job to watch professional, talented artists see themselves in the children that they touch and in turn, see a light of recognition in the eyes of the kids. This light shows a little bit of them in each artist they connect with, and brings them into a community of artists created in that space at that moment.  Throughout it all, we will be here, playing tug-o-war with schedules, balancing personalities and counting our blessings that somewhere a kid feels good about themselves because they had a taste of success. Read moreRead more

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