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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Preservationists Pack the Statler Towers

The masses of the National Preservation Conference checking out ART + PRESERVATION.

The City of Buffalo welcomed over 2400 attendees of the National Preservation Conference last week. After the Opening Plenary, everyone exhilarated by keynotes by Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and James Howard Kunstler, author/activist, flooded the Statler Hotel on Niagara Square. Crews have been working hard to prepare the Statler for this event, and Painting for Preservation dressed up two temporary walls with the artwork of over 50 artists and 100 pieces.

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