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LOCUST ST. NEIGHBORHOOD ART CLASSES

DATE: Friday Dec. 09, 2016 - Sunday Apr. 30, 2017

TIME: All Day

LOCATION: Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, New York, 14222, Downtown

“Locust Street Art (LSA) has been a staple in our community since 1959.  It has grown immensely from where it started to where it is now, based on contributions from students and community organizations. Contributions include 35mm cameras, easels, clay tools, and monetary donations.  With the help of grants, LSA has been able to afford; a state of the art computer lab for our animation studio and a working kiln for ceramics, all the while maintaining focus on the fundamentals of creating art and what that means.

As with most non-profit programs, LSA has had its financial challenges. The past year was no exception. The beautiful historic building in which Locust Street Art holds its free classes, located in the Fruit Belt just behind the medical campus, is starting to show its age. A lot of the funding has been tied up in fixing and maintaining the building. LSA invested in a whole new heating system after the old radiators burst last winter season. Two separate storms caused fallen trees that damaged the exterior bricks, gutter system, and windows of the building as well. With so much going into the actual structure of this institutional gem, there is not much room to continue flourishing. Because of the setbacks over the past year, LSA had to close its doors for periods of time, yet the staff and students remained committed and dedicated to the school.

It is inconceivable however, for LSA to close for good. Locust Street Art is reintroducing workshops on specialty art forms and growing the classes that already exist by bringing in better and more efficient tools while still focusing on the fundamentals.  LSA wants to introduce digital photography to our black and white film photography class and pottery wheels to our ceramics class. This dream will come to fruition with more and continued help from the Buffalo community, grants and our contracted programs (other organizations use our services and teachers for private programing).

Locust Street Art prides itself on overcoming all odds to create an all-encompassing safe artist space for all of its students. Every individual brings their own talented contributions that enrich our community and allow LSA to grow like a family. It has shaped so many generations of local Buffalo Artists and will continue to inspire future generations of artists to come.”

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