Message from the Chairman
Welcome to our nineteenth annual celebration of Western New York’s creative spirit. There have been a lot of changes to the Elmwood Village since we began this experiment of promoting Local, in an environmentally responsible manner, while trying to engage and inspire attendees. We’ve tried to build community through our little Festival. Buildings and blocks may get torn down by big developers, but it is the creativity and can do approach of the artists, homeowners and small business owners who built the Elmwood Village. It’s that Small model that we now see playing out in neighborhoods that adjoin the Elmwood Village. It’s the Small model that creates livable neighborhoods.
Enjoy everything at the Festival and please try to carry the spirit of it with you throughout the year.
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment. We strive to accomplish our mission in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The goals of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts are:
- To give regional artists, craftspeople, musicians, arts organizations and community groups a family oriented venue in which to present their work, and to help foster the creation and growth of these grassroots enterprises.
- Create a children’s festival that celebrates and educates through the Arts. Offering hands -on art projects, some collaborative, that will bring together children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
- Commission and fund public art, fund tree plantings and other beautification projects.
- Create an environmentally sustainable event.
- Highlight the richness of Buffalo, the Elmwood Avenue Village and its stores, restaurants and people.
We plan on accomplishing this by seeking out regional artists and developing marketplaces for them in cooperation with our volunteers, commmunity groups, neighborhood businesses, regional arts organizations, galleries, colleges and universities and our sponsors. We feel that providing such a venue is an economic development tool for the neighborhood, city, region and state.
The 2018 Festival Committee:
Festival Chairman: Joe DiPasquale
Performance Committee: Michelle Perkins Kowalewski, Ron Kowalewski, Angela Hastings, Dee Adams, Christine Fraser
Site: Joe Moslow, Kevin Lee, Joe Hassett, Tom Kelly, John Marfoglia, Pat Murphy, Anthony Sabuda, Tom Murphy, David Reimers, Larry Lundberg
Kidsfest: Ellie Byrne, Maureen Chapman, Tess Zabawa, Vicky Lucas, Jennifer Connor, Diane Schaefer, Franklin LaVoie, Tanya Zabinski
Volunteer: Katherine Pessecow, Kara Rickicki, John Veenis, Ellen Chapman
Cultural & Environmental Row: Marika Woods-Frankenstein, Yuri Hreshchyshyn, Laura Popielarski
Artists Market: Joe DiPasquale
Website: Patrick Buchholz
Festival Guide: Kristin Meyer, Jared Mobarak
Festival Beverages: Jeff Carballada, Cathy Kiggins, Sean Kiggins, Mark Kubiniec
Festival Cafe: Joe DiPasquale, Joe Moslow
Merchandise Sales: Carla Freeland, John Toohill, Elaine Grisanti, Michael Grisanti
Block Captains: Kristin Meyer, Michael Niman, Millie Reimers
Festival Creative: Greg Meadows