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2021 PLAY/GROUND art festival begins in Buffalo Friday

The festival, which will run from August 5 to August 16, has five locations across downtown Buffalo and the Broadway-Fillmore district.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The 10-day public art festival PLAY/GROUND began Friday in Buffalo. 

The festival includes 20 different projects at five locations in the downtown and Broadway-Fillmore district from August 6 to August 15. The festival put on by Resource:Art and The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA), and it will focus on health and wellness through art.

“Art has the ability to reflect and celebrate the unique perspectives of our diverse community and PLAY/GROUND invites everyone to join in this unique experience,” said Emily Tucker, director of Resource:Art.

There will guided and self-guided bike tours to the seven-mile radius of the five instillations. 

"If they happen upon things outside or in the Broadway Market and it piques their interest, then hopefully they'll come into this gallery and stop at other galleries and help out the whole art scene, which would be great," Tucker said. "We like to take art out of the white box and really get people engaged so they learn more about the art scene here, which is really incredible."

Installations are located at: 

  • The Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive
  • Broadway Market, 999 Broadway Street
  • The Handley Room at The Lederman Building, 239 Lombard Street
  • Matt Urban Center, 1088 Broadway Street
  • Canalside, 44 Prime Street

The event will take place outside where social distancing can be observed.

The instillations are free to observe. On Friday night, the Poetic Café will be at Canalside doing spoken word on a piece activated by sound. 

Tickets can be purchased at the PLAY/GROUND website to attend workshops and musical events.