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Since the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology opened in 2012, students from city schools have been working to hone their video production and editing skills under the tutelage of Squeaky Wheel's Kevin Kline. Those students have pumped out a variety of projects about life in Buffalo. The latest is a collaborative, AT&T-funded documentary called "The Civic Heart" t…

Tod A. Kniazuk, who helped to build the the Arts Services Initiative into a champion for the region's arts and cultural organizations, announced Monday that he has left the advocacy group to work as a consultant. The decision to part ways was mutual, said Kniazuk and ASI board president Randall Kramer. "It's time to move on," said Kniazuk, who will work as a consult…

Debbie Lamby Jenkins was 11 years old in 1969 when her family got the news that her older brother, Chuck, a sergeant in the Army fighting in Vietnam, was missing in action. Two weeks later, she thought for a moment her brother had returned home. "My mom was taking a bath and I was in the living room of our house. I saw two uniforms get out of a car," she said. "I got…

1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…

For every great artist, there comes a moment of revelation that sends echoes through the rest of their career. If you're lucky, like Charles Burchfield was, that moment comes early, leaving you decades to develop and perfect your work. For the great watercolor painter, that moment came in 1917 when moved back home to Salem, Ohio after attending art school in Cleveland. …

When rising rents forced Michael Mulley out of his pint-sized art space on Allen Street in 2015, he took his art to the streets. Mulley's "Art Under the Stars" event, launched in September of that year, was an effort to remain part of the neighborhood and its monthly gallery walk without owning a physical space. It was immensely popular, drawing crowds of revelers to…

It's "Jurassic Park." It's "Into the Woods." It's something you won't find anywhere else, that's for sure. The Griffis Sculpture Park, sprawled over about 400 acres between Ashford Hollow and East Otto, radiates weird dreaminess. Birds -- you think they're birds, anyway -- are ingeniously poised atop high sticks. You can see them from the road. You can also see a crowd …

Cultural organizations in Western New York pump more than $352 million into the local economy every year, according to a new report from the advocacy group Americans for the Arts and the Buffalo-based Arts Services Initiative. The report, released Monday, studied 126 cultural organizations in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. It found that th…

Remember the photographer who captured those stunning images of ferocious waves on Lake  Erie? He is at it again, but this time his subject is great white sharks, not the Great Lakes. In a way, David Sandford explains, there is a connection. A renowned Canadian sports photographer - he has photographed many hockey games in Buffalo - he grew up in London, Ont., not f…

We've heard of viral photos. Viral videos. Viral tweets. But a viral poem? That hadn't really happened, in any earth-shattering way, until last summer. That's when a heart-rending poem by Ohio-based writer Maggie Smith began its tear across our social media feeds, leaving hundreds of thousands of readers in a state of amazement that someone they had never met had render…

A 3,000-pound man with a heart-shaped hole in his chest will soon greet visitors to the Outer Harbor and boaters on Lake Erie. "Flat Man," a 30-foot metal statue by the late sculptor Larry Griffis Jr. that has long been a favorite of visitors to Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, will be re-installed along the Outer Harbor's Greenway Nature Trail in early September. …

Jeffrey Gundlach, the multi-billionaire bond trader who is funding the expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, joined Twitter on May 8. He follows no one. His bio lists him as a fan of the Bills, art and truth. And he has sent out only 70 tweets since launching his account. But if you want to get a sense of the Buffalo-born philanthropist's personality, his Tw…

Scott Propeack's world is art – but it just expanded to health care. Propeack is a 19-year fixture at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, serving as chief curator and associate director. These days, he's also the art center's interim co-director. Across town, he is also volunteering as curator at the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, which will open this fall on th…

Three weeks after Kristina Gassman learned that her 4-year-old daughter's debilitating exhaustion and mysterious bruises were symptoms of leukemia, she walked out of the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House on West Ferry Street with her two sons. It was morning, and they were on their way to spend the day with Claira at Women & Children's Hospital a couple of blocks away. …

For years, the words of Buffalo poets Alberto Cappas, Juan Gonzalez and Olga Mendell spoke out from a blue-and-purple tiled wall in the Metro Rail's Allen/ Medical Campus Station. "Buffalo gives me wings," one of the poems began. Another: "Who would have guessed it a home so far from home here in Buffalo" The tile mosaic, first installed in the 1980s, was packed …