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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Niagara Falls Artists - taking back downtown

I attended the meeting recently downtown and I want to stress how important it is for the Niagara Falls community to get involved.

For the past 5 years, I've been organizing a worldwide paint out , bringing artists from all over into the parks each September to paint Niagara. Interesting to note, I can count on one hand, the artists that have been from this area. Sad to say but, because of no community support, the event will happen worldwide but, Niagara Falls NY, will likely organize their own paint out. One more thing that has left this area.

The arts supported by a community, are so important for our children.
The arts always provide a balance, a calming and security, a sense of belonging in a community. And we have much talent in this area.

Niagara Falls is one of the most dramatic locations in North America - artists are naturally drawn to this natural wonder. Let's make sure the arts survive here, the artists can make a living and the community is pulled together in a central location like downtown.
From there, who knows where we can go !

Please support this grassroots movement by letting others and your councils know. Let's make sure this 'revitalization' is publicized - let's give every small town downtown, something to model after. Niagara Falls is always news, let's let the world watch our success story !

Spread the word 'Where's my Downtown ?"

Where's My Downtown will hold a meeting at Perspective Art School and Gallery on Queen Street, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. A petition to revitalize Queen Street can be found online at www.thepetitionsite.com/1/revitalize-downtown-niagara-falls and Facebook members can find the site by entering My Downtown Niagara Falls in the search section of their profile page.

J. R. Baldini, Executive Director
International Plein Air Painters