Center for the Arts Artists in Residence Working on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Project in Buffalo

Artist in Residence Colleen Darby from the CFA's Arts in Healthcare program selected to create a mural in the project house

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: November 11, 2009 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Colleen Darby, an artist in residence in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts' Arts in Healthcare Program in Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, has been selected to create a mural for ABC Television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" project currently underway at 228 Massachusetts Ave. in Buffalo.

Darby is being assisted by four other artists in residence who also are volunteering their time for the project: Susan Reedy, Leah Daniels Houghtaling, Margo Davis and Robin Bishop. All are also artists in residence at Women and Children's Hospital.

"When we selected the artists for our Arts in Healthcare program, we emphasized that it is our wish for them to also remain active as artists in the community at large," said Thomas Burrows, executive director of the Center for the Arts. "Their compassion and desire to improve the lives of our community is evident in the work they do in the hospital on a daily basis. Now their efforts will help improve the lives of a very deserving family in Buffalo, outside of the hospital environment."

The Arts in Healthcare initiative was established by the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo to bring the performing and visual arts into the health care settings at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This is the first comprehensive program of its kind in Western New York, and is made possible by the John R. Oishei Foundation, Seymour H. Knox Foundation and Bank of America Foundation. Support for the program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute comes from: Samuel Son & Co., Inc., The Pepsi Bottling Group and The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation.

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