BAVPA gets a New Home...

It's official!!!

Doors will open in January 2008. A $28, 000,000 renovation of the building that used to be known as Buffalo Traditional High School is planned. Funding is in place and construction bids are being secured. Phase II of the Joint Schools Construction Project establishes a permanent home for the Buffalo Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (BAVPA).
The trees in the third drawing represent plantings along Ferry Street.
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Here are a few maps to orient you to the site.

Local architects Kelly Kulp and Carol Case-Siracuse of Cannon Design have created a signature school that students, teachers and neighbors will find amazing, uplifting and transforming in this little corner of Masten. Complimenting BAVPA's dynamic and nationally recognized academic and arts program, the emerging synergy between The Apollo Theatre, the African-American Cultural Center and the Robert Coles inspired Erie County Library under construction a few blocks away, along with the developing Artspace and existing programs at Canisus College, will place this little corner of Masten firmly in Buffalo's arts and educational community for decades.

The transformative quality of the decision to locate BAVPA here in this little corner of Masten should not be underestimated. It is the long awaited bridge between the two Buffalos. This nascent arts and educational community is the connection between Buffalo's East side and the already well developed arts, educational and retail neighborhoods of the West side. The Ferry Street corridor is the link. Intelligent urban planning is the reason.

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3/20/05 See what School Board President
Florence D. Johnson has to say about this development!!!

Drew Kelley, the President of BAVPA's PTO describes what happened in City Hall Wednesday morning over here.

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