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Led by acclaimed international artist Nick Cave, PLENTY is the multi-arts, multi-generational collaborative art-making experience teaming schools, neighborhood organizations, cultural groups, local artists, and families with the goal of creating new pathways toward a more equitable Buffalo.

James Baldwin’s America Reading & Discussion Program

Inspired by the process of planning Nick Caves’s PLENTY, a reading and discussion program was created.


Plenty will weave together the rich cultural traditions found in Buffalo – African-American, Burmese, German, Indian, Iraqi, Irish, Native-American, Hispanic, Polish, Somalian, Sudanese, and Ukrainian, among others – with the magic, wonderment and creative experimentation of artist Nick Cave, who uses a city as a canvas to inspire cross-neighborhood, cross-cultural dialogues.

Community groups, Buffalo school students, organizations and artists from across Buffalo will work side-by-side to create floats, dance mash-ups and performances beginning in fall 2019. The collaborative works will result in public performances at city parks, in spring 2020. Plenty will culminate in a parade, performance and celebration at Silo City in Summer/Early Sept 2020. This project is currently moving into the community organizing and fund development phase necessary to execute a project this democratic and expansive in nature. Plenty will be Cave’s largest community interaction to date.  His acclaimed Here Hear collaboration took place in Detroit in 2015.  Organized by the Cranbook Art Museum, Here Hear  allowed the city to “hear” itself across barriers of race, class, and access. 

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Learn More about Nick Cave:

Nick Cave Uses His Capital to Help Aspiring Artists, New York Times, November 2018.

PBS short interview/documentary with Nick and community, and views of his studio.

AS IS, documentary by director Evan Falbaum on Nick Cave's 12-month collaboration in Shreveport, Louisiana with five social service organizations.

AS IS trailer.

Nick Cave Gets Personal about Race and Gun Violence, New York Times

Where was Nick Cave this year:

The Sunshine Eaters, a group exhibition in Toronto at OCAD University. On view January 10 - April 15, 2018.

Feat., an installation at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. On view November 10, 2017 - June 24, 2018.

The Let Go, an installation at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. On view June 7 - July 1, 2018.

More Links Here.

Rick Smith (CEO Rigidized Metals, Steward, Silo City) and Nick Cave

Rick Smith (CEO Rigidized Metals, Steward, Silo City) and Nick Cave

Nick Cave at Silo City March 5, 2015

Nick Cave at Silo City March 5, 2015


About Nick Cave

Nick Cave is one of the most celebrated artists working today, garnering deep appreciation by the public, media, and major art institutions. Trained as a dancer and a fine artist, Cave has a magnificent ability to blend fashion, craft, performance, sculpture and public engagement. He is renowned for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits, which Cave first created in the aftermath of the Rodney King beatings in Los Angeles (1991), envisioning an emotional shield that protects one’s race and gender while still expressing individuality. Built from found materials (beaded dresses, twigs, buttons, antique knick-knacks, and toys), these wearable collages create a place to dream the old into a new vision.

Cave has created immersive, public installations and events in New York City (Grand Central Station, 2013 – HEARD NY) Shreveport, Louisiana (AS IS, 2016) and Detroit (Here Hear, 2015). In October 2016, the public will experience his immersive installation, UNTIL, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

Cave’s work is in the collections of Crystal Bridges; Hirshhorn, MOMA, NY; MFA, Boston; Smithsonian, among others. Cave has received several prestigious awards including: Joan Mitchell Foundation (2008), Creative Capital (2002, 2004, 2005). He is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cave is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery


Leadership Team:

Claire Schneider, Founder/Director, C.S.1 Curatorial Projects

Nick Cave, Artist

Robert Faust, Director, Nick Cave Special Projects

David Rust, Executive Director, Say Yes to Education Buffalo

Rick Smith, Founder/Director, Silo City


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Working Group:   

Michele Agosto, Director of Arts Education, Buffalo Public Schools

Max Anderson, Director of Communications & Public Policy, Open Buffalo

Marisa Caruso, Program Development and Special Events, Torn Space Theater

Anne Conable, Community Engagement Manager, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Dan Cross-Viola, Extended Learning Time Supervisor, Say Yes Buffalo

Annette Daniels Taylor - Multi-media artist, MFA Student UB Media Study

Brian Dold, Planning and Design Manager, Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Robin Hibbert, Founder, Le Ballet Touba

Michelle S. Holden, English Teacher, Williamsville Central School District

Jon Lehrer, Aware Winning Choreographer and Dance Curator, Burchfield Penney Art Center

Sean Mulligan, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of David Rivera, Majority Leader, Buffalo Common Council.

Tanya Staples, Community Schools Director, Say Yes Buffalo

Maritza Vega, Vice President, Hispanic Heritage Council

Jim Watkins, Site Manager, Silo City

Edreys Wajed, Community Schools Liaison, Say Yes Buffalo