Creative Arts Initiative
The University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative (CAI), a four-year, $1 million investment in the arts, links the university’s resources, rich history and enduring commitment to the arts with Buffalo’s already vibrant local arts environment by encouraging the creation of new works through residencies inspired by collaborations with university and community partners. It will involve students and faculty and audiences both on- and off-campus in exhibitions, performances, public conversations and new course development.
Co-directed by Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture, and SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder, Birge- Cary Professor of Music, the initiative is itself a work of art with a carefully conceived and developed outline that ultimately will be shaded and filled in with selections from an initial round of residency applications from university members and arts organizations that will determine the first wave of participating artists. It will bring to campus world-class creative and performing artists in all fields for on-campus residencies exploring creative expression in innovative ways that reach beyond studios and performance spaces and into all aspects of the university and Western New York community.