Dear Friend of Hallwalls,


We are writing today to ask that you consider making a year-end donation—in any amount—in support of our 2019 Annual Campaign. You and all of our donors and members make us thankful we live and work in a community that appreciates and supports the arts.


Our 2019–2020 season began spectacularly in early September with Rio Negro II, a Hallwalls Artist in Residence Project (HARP) installation at Silo City by musician/composer/artist Douglas Ewart (Minneapolis), musician/composer/sound artist George Lewis (NYC), and sculptor/robotics engineer Douglas Repetto (Memphis). During a single month, over 800 visitors ventured out to Silo City to explore this unique audio/kinetic installation. Future HARP residencies will feature “Plunderphonics” artist John Oswald from Toronto (March 2020) and world-renowned media artist Vicki Bennett from the UK, creating a new Buffalo edition of her ongoing project “People Like Us” (fall 2020).


Fall also brought four full days and nights of screenings for the ever-growing Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) and a stunning exhibition of new works by Arkansas-based artist Shea Hembrey. In November, Hallwalls will premiere Redoubt, the new film by celebrated sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker Matthew Barney. Other exhibitions this season include new work by Buffalo-born Jacob Kassay, paintings by Ithaca artist Sarah Sutton, sculpture by Katie Bell from Brooklyn, drawings by Argentinian artist Osvaldo Castillo Ramirez, and a special performance in April by mathematician/artist John Sims called The Afro Dixie Remixes. As always, summer will feature our popular Annual Members Show, which in 2019 exhibited works by a record 175 artists!

As this letter goes out we have just been notified of a major grant from Buffalo’s Cullen Foundation in support of a three-year jazz programming collaboration (2020–2022) between Hallwalls’ Music Program and Buffalo’s Historic Colored Musicians Club.


Support for Hallwalls projects, programs, and operations comes from such foundation grants as that, public arts agencies, local businesses, and membership and other earned revenue (such as ticket sales to concerts and film screenings), as well as from special fundraising events like our Annual Hallwalls Auction (AHA!) in late spring and two popular Drawing Rally events in February and July. But at this time of year, around the holidays, your generous support in the form of individual and household gifts to our Annual Campaign has become an increasingly critical component of the income that keeps us going and programming year round. When we ask you to support this campaign with a donation “in any amount,” we mean that literally. In last year’s campaign—which raised around $30,000 from nearly 200 donors—the size of your gifts ranged from $10 to $2,500! No matter what amount you are able to contribute, big or small, every dollar and every donor makes a difference.


We value your generosity and support, as well as your attendance at and participation in the wide range of events and exhibitions we offer. We hope you to see you at a Hallwalls event soon, and we thank you for your support of this critically important annual year-end appeal.



Edmund Cardoni
Executive Director
Beth Smith
President, Board of Directors


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