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Renaissance recap

A timeline of the decade in art and theater

2000: "Herd About Buffalo," an immensely popular public art show featuring buffalo figures decorated by local artists, launches.

2001: Curtain Up! celebrates its 20th year as the festive start to Buffalo's theater season with productions like Neal Radice's original musical "Pan-Ambitions," Studio Arena's premiere of "City of Light" and Kavinoky Theatre's "The Odd Couple."

2002: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery appoints a new director, the Toronto-born Louis Grachos. / Scott Behrend and Jon Elston launch Road Less Traveled Productions. / Kurt Schneiderman launches his Subversive Theatre Collective / Ujima Theater founder Lorna C. Hill appears in Irish Classical Theatre's production of "Wit," to great acclaim.

2003: Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola launch the experimental Torn Space Theater in a historic social club and theater on Buffalo's East Side. / "Art on Wheels," an automobile-focused follow-up to "Herd About Buffalo," launches.

2004: The Erie County "red-green" budget crisis threatens funding for galleries and theaters.

2005: Beyond/In Western New York launches its first exhibition. The Buffalo Infringement Festival takes over Allentown for the first time. / The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and University at Buffalo galleries present "The Wall," an extensive exhibition on the art of China.

2006: "Ring of Fire," a musical about Johnny Cash, premieres at Studio Arena Theatre, opens on Broadway and soon flops.

2007: In a controversial move, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery sells more than 200 items from its collection, including a beloved ancient statue of Artemis, earning more than $70 million. / The ALT Theater, American Repertory Theatre of Western New York and Playhouse of American Classics all launch their first seasons.

2008: A troubled Studio Arena Theatre ends its 42-year run as Buffalo's flagship theater with an acclaimed production of "To Kill a Mockingbird." / The new Burchfield Penney Art Center opens at 1300 Elmwood Ave.

2009: The Allentown gallery scene launches "First Fridays," its popular monthly art walk. / The Albright-Knox Art Gallery hosts "Action/Abstraction," an internationally acclaimed show that shows off the gallery's impressive collection of abstract expressionism.

2010: Celeste Lawson is fired as head of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, which eventually dissolves. / The third and largest version of Beyond/In Western New York kicks off. / The Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance forms / Erie County Executive Chris Collins cuts funding to 37 arts organizations, leaving just 10 groups with county funding for 2011.

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