Architectural detail from Buffalo's Prudential Guarantee building, designed by Louis B. Sullivan

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:

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CAI is very pleased to have received many excellent proposals for artist residencies for the next academic year. We received proposals from artists from a wide variety of disciplines, from across the country and around the world. These proposals are currently under review. We will be annoucing our Artists-in-Residence for next year in early 2018.

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:

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”.

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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:

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

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:

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.

Upcoming Events

Described by Dance Magazine as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” with a style that is both “athletic and smooth”, Helen Simoneau has enjoyed her company’s global presence over the last 7 years. The Creative Arts Initiative (CAI) welcomes Simoneaus and her dancers for a three-week artist residency during which they will create a new dance work while integrating the UB students in all stages of the process as well as offering the larger dance community an inside view to their creation and methodologies. 
Described by Dance Magazine as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” with a style that is both “athletic and smooth”, Helen Simoneau has enjoyed her company’s global presence over the last 7 years. Simoneau and her dancers will be CAI Artists-in-Residence for 3 weeks in March 2019, during which they will create a new dance work.
As the founder and artistic director of her own dance company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Simoneau has become a highly sought-after choreographer by companies, schools and festivals and has been described as “a choreographer-on-the-rise” with a style that is both “athletic and smooth” by Dance Magazine. She used her Creative Arts Initiative (CAI) residency to create a new dance work, which will be presented for the first time on March 21, 2019.
The Hayley-Laufer Duo returns with a second concert collecting revolutionary contributions to the 21-century art song repertoire. Premieres by Colombian composer Camilo Méndez, Venezuelan composer Freddy Flores Ávila, and Canadian composer Anthony Tan explore the outer reaches of the technical and expressive possibilities of the Lied genre. The program also features Jonathan Harvey’s monumental and mesmerizing Nachtlied, alongside newly minted works for soprano and piano by UB student composers Ka Shu (Kenneth) Tam and Roberto Azaretto.



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

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