The West Side Lots project is an exciting series of temporary site-specific public art commissions that will transform vacant lots—remnants of what was once urban blight on Buffalo’s West Side—into vibrant, engaging, and interactive public displays. Projects will foster community engagement, support existing grassroots revitalization efforts, and promote the importance of art and culture on community vibrancy.
Buffalo’s West Side is a microcosm of the city’s growing global populace. Over 30% of New York’s refugee population have resettled in Buffalo, with a substantial percentage having made the West Side their home. People hailing from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, in addition to a large Hispanic population, have relocated to Buffalo’s West Side to reclaim their lives and create a sense of community. With the support of a strong coalition of community-based non-profits, they have begun working towards creating an incredible, self-propelled neighborhood renaissance.
The goal of the West Side Lots initiative is to engage local residents, bring attention to this unique community and promote new approaches to community building by drawing together diverse audiences. CEPA Gallery, with its long history of community action, critical engagement, and cultural presence, seeks to support the efforts of the West Side community through contemporary art.