Buffalo's Shark Girl

Bring amazing art to Buffalo! All fields of creative and performance art are eligible to participate in CAI’s Artist-in-Residence program:

Architecture is Art!  Fredrick Law Olmsted described Buffalo as “the best planned city in America”. Buffalo is a showcase for generations of the world’s best architects:

Buffalo’s snowy winters provide a unique artistic medium. On the shore of Lake Erie, above Niagara Falls, it would be hard to find a more beautiful place to stoke your creative fires. Discover why Buffalo is called the “City of Good Neighbors”.

Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain

Buffalo has long inspired great artists like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, both of whom called Buffalo home. Our literary legacy continues to thrive, through one of the nation’s top literary presenters, the Just Buffalo Literary Center:

The University at Buffalo has a tradition of nurturing pioneering spirits such as:

Students in a dance rehearsal

Arts One is a unique course offering UB students the chance to experience the wide range of art available in Buffalo by attending something new each week:

Buffalo’s arts community has deep roots, wide impact, and a unique regional sense of identity. The Creative Arts Initiative shares leadership and encourages partnership and collaboration with Buffalo’s leading artistic and cultural institutions.

Buffalo is blossoming and the energy is contagious. Once a hub for shipping across the Great Lakes, Buffalo is becoming a center for green energy, higher education, and culture. Historic spaces are being recycled, repurposed, and rennovated:

Upcoming Events

9/14/18
Valery Lyman’s “Breaking Ground” is a meditative, site-specific exploration of the cycle of expansion, migration and abandonment that has characterized much of America’s industrial history. “Breaking Ground” evokes the memory of those who worked at the Silo City site and invites the public to consider its own history in relationship to other places.
9/14/18
Filmmaker Valery Lyman will discuss her creative process and her current installation, "Breaking Ground."
9/14/18
Sam Van Aken is an award-winning contemporary artist, professor of sculpture at Syracuse University and creator of the “Tree of 40 Fruit Project,” which has been described as “part Dr. Seuss, part Frankenstein, and just about everything fantastic.”
9/14/18
Manmade Earth is at the intersection of performance and installation. A guided performance that is created by the attending audience, this piece continues 600 Highwaymen’s singular trajectory of making work both for and by community. The audience that comes together for the performance are the authors of the work.
9/14/18
Duo Axis will use their CAI residency to focus on the nature of duo playing itself. Duo collaboration has in the past consisted of two important but discrete forces. The goal of this project is instead to create a seamless unity of two moving bodies who happen to make sounds as their medium of communication to the audience. By moving fluidly through various identities and tasks as performers, the pianist and flutist will be able to occupy each other’s mental and physical space, melding as one. They seek to develop their collaborative model to produce performances whose aural and visual result is interactive and multi-dimensional.
9/14/18
Sam Van Aken is an award-winning contemporary artist, professor of sculpture at Syracuse University and creator of the “Tree of 40 Fruit Project,” which has been described as “part Dr. Seuss, part Frankenstein, and just about everything fantastic.”
9/14/18
A ward-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm in Reading, PA, but he spent his college years and much of his early career focused on art rather than agriculture.

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

Artists-in-residence

The CAI accepts proposals for residencies for sessions from as short as a few days up to four months. All fields of creative art are eligible to participate. Both emerging artists and established artists are invited to participate. Companies and collaborating artists may apply.

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Arts One

ArtsOne students with Director Saul Elkin following a performance of After the Revolution

Arts One is a unique academic experience, designed to introduce students to a wide range of artistic performance and creative activity and to connect them to the artistic resources in the Buffalo community. Over the course of a semester, students will attend a variety of artistic exhibitions and performances both on campus in in Buffalo.

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Have questions about the CAI? Want to collaborate? Please contact us.

Creative Arts Initiative
610 Samuel Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260-7015

Phone: (716) 645-6073
email: CAI-UB@Buffalo.edu

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