Beau Fleuve Music & Arts will be launching their "Sit and Think" initiative at this year’s celebration featuring artists: A.J. Smith, Emeka Wajed, Ken Newton, and RozPaintedIt. The project will consist of Adirondack chairs, painted with a message of the artists’ choosing. The community can engage by sitting in the chair, thinking about their takeaway from the artwork, and responding in "Thinking Boxes", nearby to collect participant perceptions and feedback. The chairs will travel to locations across Buffalo: the East Side, West Side, Elmwood Village, Allentown, Innovation District, Downtown, South Buffalo, and Larkin Square neighborhoods, starting August 2021.
An additional phase the chairs will be a part of an art installation at the 5th annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, still involving community engagement, and hosting a silent auction to provide proceeds for the Foundation.
The foundation provides educational music and arts programs for inner city youth ages 5-22 and has serviced over 400 youth since its first year in 2019.
Funded by Buffalo, NY (April 2021)