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#AKPublicArt Spotlight: Betsy Casañas

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Published on Nov 30, 2017

Artist, community activist, and educator Betsy Casañas was invited by the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative, the Hispanic Heritage Council, and the Rich Family Foundation to create a mural celebrating the significant contributions made by the region’s Hispanic and Latinx communities to the cultural and economic vitality of Buffalo’s Niagara Street corridor and our city at large.

In the beginning stages of the project, Casañas met with members of the community to discuss their desired content for the mural. From these conversations, Casañas developed a design that responds to their shared wish to celebrate cultural heritage, to honor those immigrants and families who form the bedrock of the community, and to encourage participation in the resurgent future of this region. Casañas’s composition was inspired by the mixed and integrated Latinx community she encountered in Buffalo.

We invite you to visit the mural at 585 Niagara Street and share your photos with #AKPublicArt. "Patria, Será Porque Quisiera Que Vueles, Que Sigue Siendo Tuyo Mi Vuelo (Homeland, Perhaps It Is Because I Wish to See You Fly, That My Flight Continues to Be Yours)," 2017, was created in partnership with the Rich Family Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York. Funding for this project was provided by the Rich Family Foundation and M&T Bank. Extraordinary support was provided by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalove Development, and countless volunteer painters.

Learn more at www.albrightknox.org. © 2017 Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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