BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) The weather could not have been better for the "Music Is Art" Festival behind the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo Saturday.
Buffalo native and rock star Robby Takac, of the internationally known "Goo Goo Dolls", staged a free day of music, dance, art, magic, and mayhem to benefit his "Music Is Art" foundation.
The MIA website ( www.musicisart.org ) describes the mission of the organization:
Music is Art enlightens and ignites a personal connection to the artistic merit and acceptance of all forms of music. Music is Art will help to explore and reshape music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on our community.
MIA has been active in helping area schools receive musical instruments for students, showcasing musicians, and supporting arts education. Executive Director is Tod A. Kniazuk.
The Saturday festival brought music and art lovers of all ages together from 10am until 10p.m. Bands and DJ's performed in all corners behind the Albright Knox- while the grounds were filled with vendors, artists, and community organizations.
According to the MIA website, the first Music is Art Festival was in 2003, right down the street from the Allentown Art Festival, to make sure that music was recognized as an important part of the local arts scene.
Now, the Music is Art Festival is Buffalo’s most extensive exhibition of local music, dance and art. Every year the Festival features live music performances of many genres on multiple stages, plus:
Visual artists displaying their work
A stage dedicated to dance troupes
A Kids Village featuring live music and hands on art creation
Live art being created right in the middle of the action
Other not for profits educating our audience on their important work
A photography exhibit
Local DJs spinning an interactive dance experience
A performance by the winner of our student Battle of the Bands Contest
WKBW Channel 7 has been a proud supporter of "Music Is Art" from the start, and will continue to help MIA make good things happen everyday.