Burchfield Penney Builds Creative History of Western New York

By Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News, 21 May, 2016

“In two small, white-walled rooms on the second floor of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, a dedicated group of archivists, curators, writers and interns are quietly constructing a new version of history.

During the busiest times, the space is abuzz with activity as a handful of staffers and up to five interns upload letters, photographs, audio interviews and other pieces of ephemera into the center’s rapidly growing digital archives or write biographies of Western New York artists living and dead.

It’s all part of an ambitious and multipronged effort to catalog and digitize the center’s rapidly growing collection of archival material from area artists and important institutions.

But even more broadly, the history these employees and volunteers are writing aims to put the creative culture of Western New York on equal footing with the city’s industrial legacy, with its architectural heritage and with its rich ethnic traditions. And as they meticulously drag the region’s artistic life into the light, one tattered piece of paper and 35 millimeter slide at a time, they are making a stronger argument for the central role art plays in our lives.”

Follow the link below to learn more about a fascinating initiative from The Burchfield Penney Art Center, a NYSCA grantee making an impact on its community and serving as a model for others:

Burchfield Penney builds creative history of Western New York

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