DreamCore: A Collaborative Exhibition Reflective of Surrealism and Dada Movements

BCAT’s youth artists participated in the opening reception for DreamCore Collaborative Exhibition on July 22 at BOX Gallery. The opening reception, hosted by local poet/musician Millie Rea, featured writers from BCAT and Just Buffalo Literary Center. DreamCore Collaborative Exhibition is a youth-centered gallery showing at the BOX Gallery, 667 Main St, Buffalo NY, from July 22nd to August 5th. DreamCore was developed by youth in our Mural Club as an aesthetic that resembles older art movements such as Surrealism and

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BCAT Receives Designation as Neighborhood Champion from Bank of America

Bank of America recently recognized the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) as a Neighborhood Champion for 2021. In recognition of BCAT’s dedication to the community, BCAT will receive a $50,000 grant and access to leadership training to invest in the growth of the organization. “We are very appreciative and grateful for Bank of America’s continued support of BCAT as we continue to live out our mission and provide career development opportunities for our community,” said Gina Burkhardt, CEO,

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Cornell University High Road Fellow Leaves His Mark on BCAT  

Cornell University High Road Fellow Leaves His Mark on BCAT  For the past several years, BCAT has had the priviledge of having a Cornell University High Road Fellow join our team during the summer months. This program was created by the Partnership of Public Good. This summer, Sam Curtis, an incoming junior, and Industrial and Labor Relations major at Cornell virtually joined our team to help us develop a more “out of the box” recruitment strategy for our youth arts &

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A Conversation with Adult Workforce Student Graduate, Teria Newell

Teria Newell came to BCAT after looking at many other programs and colleges for phlebotomy. She selected BCAT on the recommendation of her niece who said, “Aunty, the program is amazing, encouraging and free!” Teria’s niece is a graduate of BCAT’s sterile processing program, so she knew firsthand the impact BCAT can have on someone’s career. On July 29, Teria earned her national certification in phlebotomy after completed her coursework at BCAT.  She is actively looking for a job with

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Just Buffalo Literary Center Selects BCAT Youth for Fellowship

JULY 13, 2021 — Just Buffalo Literary Center selected BCAT youth artist, Millie to serve as a youth fellow with the organization. The Just Buffalo Writing Center Youth Fellowship offers a motivated young writer the opportunity to develop their craft and explore professional avenues within the literary arts. Millie will work with a mentor, be encouraged to develop her unique voice as a creative writer and thinker, and present a creative writing project to be completed over the course of

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Judy Telaak joins BCAT as Director of Development

July 8, 2021 — BCAT is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Telaak to serve as the organization’s director of development.  Prior to joining BCAT,  Judy held the position of manager of grant development for Independent Health Foundation. In this role, she was responsible for identifying and securing funding to support Foundation programs, cultivating relationships with potential Foundation partners, and had the opportunity to manage health focused community-based initiatives for families with young children. As director of development, Judy

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BCAT Youth Artists Release Spring Publication Showcase

June 30, 2021 — Our youth artists released their spring publication to the community today which showcases their unique talents and hard work over the past three months. The publication highlights contributions of more than 50 youth enrolled in 3D Printing, Art, Filmmaking & Photography, Music Production and Mobile App and Development.  Throughout the trimester, youth completed: a major public art mural for Horizon Health Services, created fully functional mobile applications that will soon be available to use in real

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A new path forward for career development and park conservancy

JUNE 28, 2021 — Featured in Buffalo Magazine’s July issue. Quentin Jackson never imagined he’d play a role in beautifying the neighborhood park he jogged through nearly every day growing up on Buffalo’s East Side. Jackson, 55, could see Martin Luther King Jr. Park as a kid from his father’s house at the corner of Fillmore and North Parade avenues and had always admired its beauty. Back then, his dreams centered on becoming a professional basketball player, but life got

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Dr. Kamalah Poles joins BCAT as Youth Arts & Technology Director

BUFFALO, JUNE 22, 2021 —  BCAT is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kamalah Poles to serve as our youth arts and technology director.  Kamalah brings 10 years of experience working with Buffalo’s youth. In her previous role, she worked as the program director for the Williams-Emslie YMCA providing oversight and strategic direction of the facility’s program.  Prior to the YMCA, she served as the program coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club. As BCAT’s youth arts and technology

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Bank of America Awards BCAT with Funding to Support Economic Mobility Initiatives

BUFFALO, JUNE 3, 2021 —  This past March, BCAT announced a new scholarship-based medical billing and insurance upskill preparation program. This initiative is generously funded by Bank of America and will increase access and opportunity for adults looking to grow their careers in high-demand health care fields. Additional funding was provided by Bank of America this June. “BCAT is proud to offer a course that includes the essential and additional skills adults currently working in health care need to advance

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BCAT Youth Unveil Mural of Hope

BUFFALO, MAY 21, 2021 — Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) and Horizon Health Services (Horizon), formed a unique partnership to bring a youth-designed and installed public art mural to the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood. The mural is located at one of Horizon’s mental health and substance use centers, and has been designed and installed by eight youth artists enrolled at BCAT. Mental health disorders are common in the United States among teens and young adults. 50% of all lifetime mental

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BCAT and Horizon Health Services Announce Public Art Initiative to Coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month

BUFFALO, APRIL 26, 2021 — Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) and Horizon Health Services (Horizon), announce a unique partnership to bring a youth-designed and installed public art mural to the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood. The mural, which will be located at 3020 Bailey Avenue, one of Horizon’s mental health and substance use centers, will be designed and installed by six youth artists enrolled at BCAT.  The youth, who will spend approximately 30 hours concepting, designing, and finalizing the mural will

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