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Special Event  |  An Evening for Educators

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4–7:30 pm

Teachers and administrators of every discipline are invited to join us at The Center for an evening of art making, conversation, and discovery. Highlighted by workshops throughout the evening, participants will explore curriculum connections with museum educators and fellow teachers, while learning about the valuable opportunities made possible for schools by the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank.

We are excited to welcome artists Valentino Dixon, Carly Rickus-Todaro and Amy Hartman to the event for three very powerful and informative discussions and workshops.

In addition to proof of professional development credit, educators will receive museum passes, and a 10% discount in The Museum Store.

4:00 pm Registration

Come Draw and Talk with Me
Art making demonstration and conversation with Valentino Dixon
In the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium

Valentino Dixon spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. While incarcerated, art, specifically a technique he calls ‘painting with pencils,’ became his solace and his lifeline. “Art saved my life,” said Dixon.

Attendees to the 2019 An Evening for Educators at the Burchfield Penney will have the extraordinary opportunity not just to experience Valentino the artist, but also to engage in conversation about how his life choices as a young man led him to being in the very wrong place at the very wrong time. He will discuss his experience with teachers, and no questions are off-limits.

Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbook and colored pencils.

5:30-6:30pm and 6:30-7:30pm
Participants will experience both workshops. Please see the cover of your folder for the order of events.
Crossroads: Arts, Performance and Well-being with Carlie Todaro-Rickus
In the Project Space
Art & Culture: How Painting in Buffalo Reflects and Shaped the Culture of our City
In the East Gallery

Crossroads: Arts, Performance and Well-being with Carlie Rickus and Amy Hartman
In the Project Space

Meet artist Carlie Todoro-Rickus who will share the concepts behind the installation SCAN. The installation, created by Rickus and her husband/collaborator John Rickus, allows the viewer to create cues for the tubal light sculpture which in turn becomes a becomes a performance of light.

Todaro-Rickus is a working artist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the John R, Oishei Children’s Hospital, where art is used for patients to explore their own creativity for relaxation, distraction, and self-actualization.
Art specialist at Elmwood Franklin School and digital and fiber artist Amy Hartman with her students from Elmwood Franklin School will demonstrate how you can use light as a medium in your classroom using the app Slow Shutter Cam. iPads and software will be provided.

Art & Culture: How Painting in Buffalo Reflects and Shaped the Culture of our City
In the East Gallery

Tour the new landmark exhibition IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, PAINTING IN BUFFALO 1832-1972 with museum docents. Painting in Buffalo follows the history of our city, from Buffalo’s rise as a boomtown following the completion of the Erie Canal, to its post-industrial days through to the current resurgence. Docents will discuss how painting reflected and informed the culture of Western New York while the influence of burgeoning technology shaped style. Following the tour, participants will create a work of art that transforms from realism to somewhere along the continuum of abstraction

Refreshments will be available in the Reception Area


Let us know you’re planning to attend, or find out more by calling 716-878-3156, emailing