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Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper received funding for a community mural at Smith Street, near the entrance to Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, New York. The Mural will be painted on one of the abutments of a deconstructed bridge owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).

As the Buffalo River continues to recover, Red Jacket Riverfront Park is regularly used by the community and provides visitors with the opportunity to be surrounded by natural beauty in the heart of the city. Our recent Buffalo Blueway project has made the park even more accessible with new benches and an enhanced kayak launch. Evidence of Buffalo’s rich industrial history is visible from the Park entrance, where visitors can see two rail bridges as well as the Concrete Central Grain Elevator.

The entrance bridge to the Park had previously been disconnected and what remains are the abutments, the canvas for the Mural. Currently, the abutments have existing murals that have been graffitied and faded. We envision that cleaning up the abutments and installing a Mural will beautify the entrance to the Park.

This project is made possible with funds from the Expanding Access to Arts Funding in WNY, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cullen Foundation.

Do you live or work near the future mural?

We’d love to hear your ideas! Take the Mural Survey below today. Scroll through and fill it out, and make sure to click the purple “Submit” button at the end of the survey.

Are you a muralist?

Check out our Call for Artists and apply today! We are accepting applications from April 1st  – April 30th