Welcome to Painting for Preservation!

Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative, founded by artist Sara M. Zak, is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.

My hope is that we can continue this effort in Buffalo and expand the concept to other architecturally rich cities. Please e-mail Sara M. Zak if you are interested in starting a Painting for Preservation initiative in your city at info@paintingforpreservation.org

Our goals:

1. Raise awareness of at-risk, distressed and under-utilized locations and their neighborhoods

2. Create a record of historically rich locations through art

3. Create a community of artists invested in the urban landscape

4. Bring exposure and provide assistance to artists interested in documenting at-risk historic neighborhoods while also collaborating with members of those same neighborhoods.

5. Involve communities in sharing their stories of local historic architectural and their neighborhoods.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Making Neighborhoods Matter

I attended the Making Neighborhoods Matter conference today at Buffalo's Central Terminal and was so impressed by both speakers I choose to see.  During the morning session, I was inspired by Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D., director of Historic Hills Institute in Pittsburgh.  I think Pittsburgh does an amazing job involving their artists in their preservation movement.I am excited at the idea of reaching out to block clubs in Buffalo and going forward with their support.  In the afternoon, I was equally inspired by Harvey Garrett of West Side Community Collaborative.  Between the two talks, I realized how important beauty and art and flowers are to the changing of people's perception about space.  Even though both speakers seemed to have different methods of community preservation, they both seemed to emphasis how the "look" of something can really influence how people feel about that something. We're on the right path with Painting for Preservation; I can't wait to involve more members of the communities that contain the buildings at which we make art!

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