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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > December 2014 > Public Art Presentation To Local Developers

Public Art Presentation To Local Developers


December 9, 2014 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Dr. Janne Sirén hosted a breakfast today for local developers titled Improving Your Assets:  Public Art and Private Development.  This unique presentation, sponsored by the City of Buffalo Arts Commission, was held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  The purpose of the event was to raise awareness in the local development community about how public art can further expand economic revitalization efforts in Buffalo. 

“With over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, resulting in over 12,000 new jobs, the City of Buffalo continues its commitment to embracing public art and diversity as a catalyst for future economic development activity,” said Mayor Brown.  “By strategically placing public art in places, we know we will continue to draw more interest and traffic from city residents and visitors and today I encourage Buffalo’s development community to consider incorporating public art into its upcoming projects.”

“Public art plays an integral role in the development of vital, vibrant communities that are beacons for investment and growth,” said Dr. Sirén. “I join Mayor Brown in inviting the development community to incorporate public art into upcoming building projects, and look forward to exciting collaborations that will harness the energies of professionals from different disciplines. Together we are stronger.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo continues to expand its support of public art initiatives:

  • Mayor Brown committed $60,000 in financial support for Albright’s new public art initiative in 2014
  • A number of upcoming major public projects in Buffalo will include public art including:
    • The return of traffic to Main Street
    • A makeover of the Niagara Street corridor
    • Improvements to Allen Street and upgrades at Roosevelt Plaza downtown.

Albright-Knox Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott was also in attendance to answer questions about how the Albright-Knox can lend its expertise in identifying regional, national and international artists perfect for projects of any size.  For more information, please contact the Buffalo Arts Commission at 851-5027.