Anderson Gallery, Community Center Collaborate to Create Mural

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: January 14, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A mural created through a special collaboration between the UB Anderson Gallery and the Gloria J. Parks Community Center is on display in the "penthouse" of the community center at 3242 Main St.

The mural, entitled "Imagination Playground," was the first project in an ongoing series of arts-in-education programs for children and families of the University Heights District.

The artwork is divided into four sections, each representing a season. Buffalo landmarks and neighborhood houses are incorporated into the design of the mural to emphasize the overarching theme of "community."

The mural was created under the direction of muralist Fernando Godinez and painted by 12- and 13-year-olds who attended summer camp at the community center during July and August.