Nick Cave Returns to Buffalo to Germinate Year-Long, Multi-Faceted Community Arts Program

Photo by SandroNick Cave, a widely celebrated multi-media and performance artist, is coming to Buffalo on August 18-20th to meet with key project partners and potential funders to begin planning Plenty, a year-long collaborative arts program designed to engage and connect a variety of social and cultural groups throughout the city of Buffalo.

C.S.1 Curatorial Projects, Young Audiences WNY, Say Yes Buffalo, Silo City, Ujima Company and many others are collaborating with Cave to create one of the region's most substantial arts initiatives in the city's history.

Plenty will start off in 2017 with the development of a series of dance and theatrical performances and a parade of floats. The effort will result in four public performances in city parks in spring of 2018 and will culminate in a parade, performance and celebration at Silo City in July 2018.

During Cave's visits, local artists and dancers will be planning workshops and performances that may include his incredible "Soundsuits" -- wearable sculptures made from a variety of "found materials" such as buttons, twigs, bottle caps, feathers, old toys and beaded dresses. Cave transforms what some may consider "junk" into amazing, unparalleled pieces of art. His elaborate full-body costumes give the wearers the appearance of some type of tribal or futuristic creatures. When the wearers move, all sorts of sounds are emitted - from clacking to whooshing to chiming.

"Nick Cave's performances are an unusual and thrilling experience.  Like giant toys, performers in Soundsuits have a way of bringing us all back to our childhood, when the unknown challenged and excited us. They joyfully expand our understanding of the world. In Buffalo many members of the community will have the opportunity to work with Nick in creating these experiences."  says Cynnie Gaasch, Executive Director of Young Audiences WNY who is spearheading the effort with Claire Schneider of C.S.1 Curatorial Projects. "Plenty will be Cave's largest public engagement to date. Just as the Soundsuits are a mix of found materials which offer their wearers a new identity, Plenty will bring the various ethnic traditions of Buffalo together to build a transformational neighborhood collage." says Schneider.

After being awarded a $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the collaboration is now in its community organizing and fundraising phase. The total planned budget is $750,000.

To support the effort or for more information, including examples of Nick Cave's work and a list of local collaborators, visit:

Please contact Beth Ireland at or 716-881-0917 for more information about this affiliate initiative.

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Nick Cave - Photo by Sandro,

Nick Cave - Heard*DAM Denver, 2012,


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