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Albright-Knox spreads message of inclusion through public art

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 04:34:27-04

It’s a project that’s changing the way Western New Yorkers are connecting with each other - and with art.

This brand new “welcome” mural, as it’s referred to, is Albright-Knox’s latest public art mural being showcased on Buffalo’s Eastside in a neighborhood known for its melting pot of cultures.

The Broadway Fillmore neighborhood is known for being diverse, and as such, this mural reflects the word “welcome” in 13 different languages. It’s a silent movement that hopes to spread a message of unity and inclusion by moving those who happen to see it.

This colorful display of greetings was a community-art effort.The artwork is plastered against the side of 751 Fillmore, the former Copacabana Jazz Club, a building that's been vacant for years but is now under new ownership.

Public art days were held at various places throughout the city during which people of all walks of life and backgrounds came together to paint and engage with one another, while under the guidance of two Philadelphia-based artists known for their expertise in mural art.

The mural itself, which is now a permanent fixture in the neighborhood, was the result of months of planning and partnership.

Funds donated from various organizations like: Broadway Fillmore Housing Services and the New Era Cap Foundation, along with support from city lawmakers, made this project possible - from start to finish.