In partnership with Starlight Studio & Art Gallery and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, CEPA’s program helps adults with disability explore the art of photography by connecting with Buffalo’s rich architectural heritage.
Cameras in hand, participants document prominent local historic buildings such as Buffalo City Hall, St. Antonio’s Church, Central Terminal, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, and the historic grain elevators, as well as more obscure structures like the abandoned factories, warehouses, hotels and pubs in the First Ward, all evocatively testifying to the days of civic and industrial prosperity.
This experience for adults with disability results in a body of pictures that helps the participants learn about photography while changing their relationship with their surroundings, adding a sense of belonging and pride for Buffalo’s past and present.
A vibrant art studio and gallery located in downtown Buffalo, Starlight was created by Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York to support adults with disability in their artistic development. Along with exhibitions by the Starlight artists, our public gallery is available to the community for other exhibitions.
Originally established in 1965 as a support group for parents of children with suspected learning disabilities, the Learning Disabilities Association grew from its original 9 members to a Western New York chapter of nearly 500 by 1970. Today, LDA of WNY serves offers a full range of support services to over 1200 individuals in eight counties annually, and remains unique in its service to the learning disabled population.