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Black History through Art Pop-Up Exhibits

Join us in the Corridor every Friday evening from 5 - 8 PM for a new pop-up exhibit! Each exhibit will be held in the Nash Lofts at 163 Broadway Ave. All events are free and open to the pubic.


Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Memorial

Stephen Gabris

Friday February 3, 2023 | 5-8 PM. 

Artist Statement: I saw a segment on Vice News which explained a bit about the Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Memorial and immediately thought I would like to photograph that. The people that have photographed the site are all talented people, so it is a challenge to explain why you should be allowed to participate in this narrative. 


The board was kind enough to allow me to explore my vantage point of their incredible memorial. 


I spent a day walking the museum and scouting the site- it is easily an all day exploration. Primary photography began in the evening and concluded the following morning at sunrise. 


For me the site is hallowed ground and represents a very dark period in our not so distant past. Brian Stevenson, his board, and the artists they have chosen to illustrate this past, give me hope that through discourse these stories can be told, and with great diligence we can emerge a stronger people. 



Alexa & Edreys Wajed

Friday February 10, 2023 | 5 - 8 PM

About the Artists: Alexa and Edreys Wajed, the founders of Eat Off Art, are dynamic artists, creative change agents, and activists in their own right. As shining stars their presence has been impressed upon settings such as UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series, or on the panels of Buffalo’s most iconic public art projects including the Freedom Wall and The Pride in Place Buffalo Initiative. Eat Off Art is a multi-dimensional agency, platform, and affirmation all in one, providing transformative experiences through Creativity, Food, and Art, countering the adage of the “starving artist,” in subscription to a new narrative of “thriving artists.”



Charli Cardwell

Friday February 17, 2023 | 5 - 8 PM

Artist Statement: Charlotte “Charli” Cardwell, born and raised in Buffalo, NY. A retired classical trained dancer of 25+ years, jazz and ballet teacher of 5 years, administrative assistant of 10 years, and now a happily established abstract visual artist. Through-out her life, Charli has had a large range of skills in the art world. She became a self taught jewelry maker specializing in beadwork at the young age of 7 and later on, briefly branching off into chainmail.

Charli has truly found her purpose in life and pushes to become the best version of herself through her art work without limiting herself to one art “form”, this is why the term “abstract” best describes ArtiSHE as a whole.

Community Pop-Up Exhibit

The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission is seeking submissions for our Black History through Art Exhibit. The program is a series of pop-up art exhibitions taking place in the Nash Lofts at 163 Broadway Ave on Friday evenings in February from 5 - 8 PM. Submissions that are accepted will be displayed during our final week of the pop-up exhibits in a Community Pop-Up Exhibition that highlights Michigan Street’s rich art and culture. The Community Pop-Up Exhibition will take place on February 24, 2023 from 5 - 8 PM. All members of the community are encouraged to submit pieces for display. 


Submission themes

  • Represents Buffalo’s African American History

  • Highlights history on Michigan Ave


Submission guidelines

  • Work is no larger than 24” x 36”

  • Work must be able to be displayed by hanging on a wall or by being placed on the floor. There will be no pedestals for sculptural work. 


Accepted submissions include but are not limited to

  • Paintings or drawings with themes celebrating Black history, culture, and arts. 

  • Family Artifacts (ex. Photographs taken by older family members who lived, worked, or visited Michigan Street).


Application instructions

  • Submit a photograph of the piece to 

  • Email should have ART ENTRY in the email subject line.

  • Email body should have dimension details and a description of the piece in the body. 


Submissions are due February 14, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by February 17, 2023 if their submission has been accepted. Successful applicants will be asked to drop off their submission the week of February 20, 2023. Further instructions will be emailed with the acceptance notice. 


For more information, please email or call (716) 322 - 1002

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