Mel is at Albright-Knox Northland to do some artwork and to find out more about the art truck. Vicente Rondon, the art truck program coordinator says is really fun to drive around the city with the Albright-Knox Art truck because most people don’t expect the Albright-Knox to have some marketing along with BlueCross BlueShield on this big truck that’s almost like a food truck driving around when we park it.
BlueCross BlueShield has been a long-term partner with Albright-Knox gallery says Maureen Hanagan, community relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The art truck is just one of the many collaborative initiatives between Albright-Knox and BlueCross BlueShield. They were hitting the road at the end of 2019 to spread art and then COVID hit. Vicente Rondon says when it came to adapting to COVID, what they ended up doing was creating art kits. He started creating creativity kits to hand out to different community centers and organizations. From front line workers to senior centers the Albright-Knox art truck has delivered over 1,000 art kits to the community during the pandemic. Albright-Knox also offers virtual activities online through their website.