Location: NFTA Yard (DL&W Terminal) (Get Directions)
Over the course of two summers (2020–2021) 12 artists from the Western New York community and beyond will paint 12 individual murals on the South Park Avenue façade of the NFTA Yard (DL&W Terminal) located in downtown Buffalo’s Historic Cobblestone District. The proximity of this area to the Erie and Hamburg Canals, the Buffalo River, and the Buffalo Harbor made it an industrial, maritime, and product-manufacturing center, especially throughout the 19th century. Today it is a vibrant hub of bars, restaurants, and live entertainment venues as well as the home to the annual Cobblestone Live festival. In 2014, the National Parks Service placed the Cobblestone District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The artists who completed the first 6 murals over the summer of 2020 are Obsidian Bellis (American, born 1993); Jason Brammer (American, born 1974); Lauren Mckenzie-Pearce (American, born 1988); James Moffitt, aka YAMES (American, born 1987); Ellen Rutt (American, born 1989); and Bradd Young, aka SALUT (American, born 1994). This selection includes three regional artists, two female artists, one non-binary artist, and three Black artists. For several of these creators, their contribution to Cobblestone Commons is their first or largest public work to date. This outstanding, distinct set of voices reflects the beautiful diversity found in the Western New York region. The artists working over summer 2021 on an additional 6 murals to join these first 6 will be selected and announced in 2021.