Aided by local artists, Casañas led members of the community in a series of public paint days at our partner location, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Library, and at the mural's site. Through the many hands that have touched this artwork, it will serve as a vibrant community touchstone of Avenida San Juan.
Located at 585 Niagara Street (Get Directions)
Artist, community activist, and educator Betsy Casañas was invited by the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative, the Hispanic Heritage Council, and the Rich Family Foundation to create a mural celebrating the significant contributions made by the region’s Hispanic and Latinx communities to the cultural and economic vitality of Buffalo’s Niagara Street corridor and our city at large.
In the beginning stages of the project, Casañas met with members of the community to discuss their desired content for the mural. From these conversations, Casañas developed a design that responds to their shared wish to celebrate cultural heritage, to honor those immigrants and families who form the bedrock of the community, and to encourage participation in the resurgent future of this region. Casañas’s composition was inspired by the mixed and integrated Latinx community she encountered in Buffalo.
About Betsy Casañas
As an award-winning artist, educator, and social activist, Betsy Casañas has dedicated her practice to empowering neighborhoods through murals that fuse the historical and contemporary imagery of their communities. To date, she has created more than 40 murals and mosaics across the world. Casañas is also a cofounder of the grassroots arts initiative Semilla Arts and owns and manages A Seed on Diamond Gallery. Both organizations aim to connect underserved communities in Philadelphia with the visual and performing arts.
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