Adult Workforce Graduation
December 14, 2023, 5-8pm
Villa Maria College
YAAS: Web Launch and Advocacy Event
November 16, 2023, 5-6:30pm
Youth Showcase/Exhibition and Advocacy Event
December 15, 2023, 5-6:30pm
The Common Task Showcase
Thursday September 7, 5-6:30 pm
Join BCAT youth Artists and Community mentors as they exhibit and reflect on their experimental creative mentorship project that was conducted this past spring. The Common Task project paired youth artists in different disciplines to professional, high level makers and practitioners in related fields. Throughout 12 weeks, mentors and mentees collaboratively developed and executed a high level project one on one. The results are a diverse and expressive body of projects from virtual reality to traditional painting.
The Common Task Project was made possible with a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation.
Future Mind Exhibit
June 16 – August 18, 2023
Now on view in BCAT’s gallery is the Future Mind Project. This exhibit, a collaborative work of BCAT’s Youth Artists and Community Poets, intends to un-silo youth and the creative crafts they pursue by having them creatively collaborate and help foster a future creative community on their terms. The exhibit celebrates the launch of our collaborative project exploring the intersection of digital arts and poetry. The theme of the Future Mind project is to give a voice and platform to what future Buffalo needs to be and what it needs to represent.
“Responding to Now: Felice Koenig”, December 2021 - January 2022
About Felice Koenig: The “Now” paintings began as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. Koenig structured her practice so each of the paintings is done in one session, which can stretch on for hours. She considers these works in varying ranges of textures, colors, and sheens, as meditative responses to the existential crisis that has been consuming us all – Covid, social unrest, political strife, and environmental crises on multiple fronts. Within this structure she meditates/prays and paints, and if her mind wanders she brings it back to the now of this particular session of painting. These works are filled with our collective emotions-fear, anxiety, hope, and resilience.
Art Heals Nature Initiative, October - December 2021
Environmental decline is present and the effects of climate change are abundant – so artists stepped in to do something about it. Art Heals Nature Initiative is a project created in BCAT’s 2021 summer intensive Youth Arts program. Through the lens of art and technology, BCAT youth engaged in fantastical and critical ways to portray the problems and the possible solutions for environmental degradation. Through this project, youth applied their talents, imagination and use of multi-media to create stories and playful artworks that bring possibilities to the question: what do we do next?