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, July 2, 2011

Art-In at "I Heart Central Terminal"

Painting for Preservation (P4P) will be creating new artwork at the I Heart the Central Terminal event for the kick-off event of Buffalo Unscripted filming. The all-day event at the Central Terminal on Paderewski Drive is on Saturday, July 16, 2011 with the P4P event starting at 9:30am to 3:30pm. Architects, painters, photographers, videographers - artists of all media and skill level are welcome, or come to observe artists tackle the iconic Central Terminal tower. Exterior and typically off-limits interior locations will be accessible to participants.

P4P is an inclusive and eclectic group of artists and preservationists that gather to create artwork on-site at under-appreciated historic buildings. The act of meeting at these spaces highlights the setting of unique architectural places and creates a record of their aesthetic value, all to raise awareness of their preservation opportunity. Past locations include the Blacksmith Shop, Harris Hardware, St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vaux Barn and Lyth Cottage; many locations are part of the Preservation-Ready Sites project.

Buffalo Unscripted is a grassroots documentary sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation filming in Buffalo, July 16-23, 2011. All Buffalonians are invited to participate by answering questions like, “Describe Buffalo in one word,” “What's your favorite building in your neighborhood?” The premier of Buffalo Unscripted will take place during the National Preservation Conference in Buffalo from October 19-22, 2011.

Facebook RSVP to Art-In at I Heart Central Terminal here!

*Photographers: A tour has been set up for you during the event. To participate email Jason at unscripted@nthp.org. All spots currently filled!

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