Great art needs rich, fertile soil to grow. Here in Buffalo, there’s plenty to be found. So, this spring, the Arts Collaboratory challenges you to stay right where you are. Explore your own roots. Dig deeper. Plant enough seeds and you’ll happily reap what you sow. Because as any artist will tell you, more often than not, their best work is HOMEGROWN.

THE CITY is where people and ideas are meant to meet—but it’s been a while since we’ve been able to come together. Finally, this Fall, UB students and faculty are returning to Buffalo. That’s cause enough for celebration. Let’s make the most of Buffalo.

In the Spring and Summer of 2021, the Arts Collaboratory continued to issue our rallying cry: Let’s Make Art! As the snow melted, we ventured beyond art’s traditional venues—and brought the power of art to the entire Buffalo community.

In the Fall of 2020, we introduced the theme LET’S MAKE ART. We have always believed that art can be a powerful agent of social change—and in troubled times, it’s more important than ever to keep creating.

In early April 2020, the Arts Collaboratory began offering cash micro-grants and honorariums to UB and Buffalo artists who continued to create during the crisis. Submissions to our Live Your Art (At Home) program were shared on Instagram and IGTV.

The arts disciplines converge for a Spring 2020 season of programming that cast a spotlight the work of women artists—together with UB alumni and UB arts students—representing a profusion of styles and practices.

The Fall 2019 season of programming—with the thematic focus of FEMALE—cast a spotlight on the work of women artists representing a profusion of styles and disciplines. The FEMALE theme continued through spring 2020.

A collaborative filmmaking experiment, Live Your Art documents the experience of living and working in Buffalo as an artist. Bringing together four diverse UB artists, the short film is a celebration of creativity across the disciplines. The production team, led by UB filmmaker Mani Mehrvarz—and featuring UB artists Naila Ansari, Julia Anne Cordani, Pam Glick, and Maryam Muliaee--takes cameras into spaces where art is made, and then leads viewers out into the city on a search for sources of inspiration, collaboration and community.