In celebration of creative sustainability, local artists and owners are building window displays out of upcycled material for the Green Window City project. Buffalonians can come out to enjoy the art, visit the businesses, and rethink junk.

Event Details

  • Who:

  • The GWC project will be displayed for the community, highlighting thirteen local businesses and artists. It’s a resident-initiated program, funded in part by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Spark grant, administered by Locust Street Art, the Air & Waste Management Association – Niagara Frontier Section Earth Day grant, and a generous donation from Fat Bob’s Smokehouse. An interactive map of all current and past participants may be viewed at bit.ly/GWC_map

    • Organizers:

Kelly Atkinson a resident, Joe Kurtz of The Tool Library, Virginia Leary of Zero Waste Buffalo, and Mickey Thoren Harmon of Allentown First Fridays

  • Artists:

Ani Hoover, Bob Melnyk, Bobby Allen, Caesandra Seawell advising Pelion Community Garden, Emma Percy, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, Jessica Widmer, Kayleigh Small & Sarah Barry, Leah Bogdan, Melissa Swiatek-Odien, Suzie Molnar, Tina Bethge-Kaczynski, and Virginia Melnyk

  • Businesses:

ACME Cabinet Company, Allen Street Dress Shop, Alley Cat, Caffèology, Fast N’ Tasty, Freshly Dipped Clothing, Grindhaus Cafe, High Klass Hair, Hyatt’s All Things Creative, Les Jardins, Pawprints by Penny & Co., Rick Cycle Shop, and Salon Bandelian

  • What:

  • GWC is a collaborative effort to build art installations in shop windows with upcycled elements diverted from the waste stream, creating a pop-up gallery walk atmosphere. Documented from planning to building to debut, this teamwork further supports our community’s united effort for conscious, even creative, waste diversion.

  • Where:

  • Allentown will host the sixth iteration of the project, partnered with thirteen storefronts:  ACME Cabinet Company, Allen Street Dress Shop, Alley Cat, Caffèology, Fast N’ Tasty, Freshly Dipped Clothing, Grindhaus Cafe, High Klass Hair, Hyatt’s All Things Creative, Les Jardins, Pawprints by Penny & Co., Rick Cycle Shop, and Salon Bandelian. An interactive map of all current and past participants may be viewed at bit.ly/GWC_map

  • When:

  • GWC is a month-long installation, opening on May First Friday.

  • Why:

  • The project will demonstrate reclaimed materials’ form and function, while increasing awareness of reuse opportunities, local businesses, and artists. GWC is a synergistic opportunity to rethink waste, from both a personal and entrepreneurial angle.

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