CITY of NIGHT
"ART, HISTORY, CULTURE & SUSTAINABILITY" - HELD 2012-2015 IN BUFFALO'S OLD FIRST WARD
CITY of NIGHT was a crazy art party idea I had in 2011, which my colleagues at the nonprofit Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB) embraced wholeheartedly. A festival featuring immersive art installations in and outside the historic grain elevators, with light projections, music, poetry, food and more, we all volunteered our time to make it a reality. Over the course of four years, it grew rapidly, as did the notoriety of our first venue, Silo City.
I learned a great deal about managing a team, promoting and marketing an event and a completely unique location, and leveraging the historic status of a place to generate community excitement. Attendees, and our committee, were changed forever by the experience. Over 40,000 people got to experience the event as it evolved, and the Old First Ward benefited from increased attention.
Photograph by Lemur Studios, 2014.