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, October 8, 2011

"Building Stories" at Buffalo Architecture Foundation Kick-Off Event

The artwork of Meagan Baco and Steve Siegel, two committed Painting for Preservation participants, was on display at Buffalo Architecture Foundation's kick-off event, Fall for Architecture, held tonight at the Tri-Main Center. Packed with architects and friends, the bottom floor of the venue, displayed Building Stories: memories, retrospectives, photographs, and paintings focused on the importance of place. Also on display was Buffalo Through Their Eyes a collaborative project between Journey's End and CEPA Gallery, giving cameras to refugees to document their experience in Buffalo. All giving a fresh perspective.

Buffalo Architecture Event @ Tri-Main Center
From the Buffalo Architecture Foundation website:
Buffalo Architecture Foundation, Inc. (BAF) is a not-for-profit, public charity dedicated to inspiring the exploration and appreciation of architecture and how it shapes our lives.  BAF's mission is implemented through educational activities for school-aged children and public awareness events engaging citizens of all ages.

Established with the generous support of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/Western New York Chapter, Buffalo Architecture Foundation is a not-for-profit, public charity committed to nurturing creative cooperation with the AIA and other regional cultural organizations to promote and celebrate architecture, design and construction.
You can submit your Building Story to Buffalo Architecture Foundation here!

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