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Starlight Studio recognized

Photo courtesy of Starlight Studio


A unique art gallery in Buffalo is getting some major recognition.

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, a local organization that supports adults with special needs, was recently named one of “17 Amazing Art Studios for Adults with Special Needs” by the international organization for children with special needs, Friendship Circle.

“It’s an honor for Starlight Studio to be included alongside such inspiring organizations,” said Marc Hennig, the program's deputy executive director. “Starlight was actually modeled after another featured art studio on the list called Creative Growth. We’re happy to see these types of programs continue to grow and inspire.”

Located at 340 Delaware Ave., Starlight Studio was created by the Learning Disabilities Association of WNY (LDA of WNY) in 2005, thanks to a grant proposed by Hennig after he saw how successful similar organizations had been while living in California.

After writing the initial grant proposal, Hennig contacted Carrie Marcotte, who, at the time, was running the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Matter at Hand Program.

“I was instantly intrigued by the idea of Starlight and how it was not presented as an art therapy program,” Marcotte said. “It was really about developing folks as artists which meant honing and developing their skills and interest.”

Starlight has developed into an “open studio,” meaning that the artists lead the way by using any materials they want in any way they want. There are teaching artists on-site to offer guidance and demonstrations on new techniques.

“Starlight’s inclusion in this [list] is not only a proud moment for LDA of WNY, but for the entire Buffalo arts community,” Hennig said.




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