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VOL. 18, Issue 6                                                                   June 2018
                  People's Park 
  A place to garden, gather and grow on Main Street
Right in front of Tri-Main Center, on Main Street, there is an oasis. Surrounded by a wrought iron fence, People's Park is in bloom with flowers, children, neighbors and local employees from neighborhood businesses. It's easy to pass this special place and not notice it from your car, but once you've found it, it might become one of your favorite pocket parks in the city. 
Fifteen years ago, People's Park was an overgrown vacant lot, like so many in Buffalo at the time, adjacent to the Belt Line railroad tracks. Tom Montante, the visionary owner of the lot, had a plan to build a community garden like ones he had seen in other cities. He began to build community support, first through Tri-Main Center. They then reached out to community organizations in the neighborhood - FLARE, Parkside Community Association, Central Presbyterian Church, Canisius College and lots of neighbors. Working with an architect from Tri-Main Center, Kevin Connors, to design the park, and with Tom's and Makeda Corp's financial support, the park opened in 2006. 

People's Park is a combination pocket park and community garden. Raised beds are adopted by Tri-Main Center tenants, community organizations and neighbors. A rain garden, butterfly garden, little amphitheater, little library, recycled drums and more, make the park a wonderful place for anyone and everyone to enjoy nature in the city - and they do.  
Tri-Main Center has been a vital partner in this community effort. They have provided logistical support, mechanical help when needed, and most important, TMC management has participated in events, maintenance and programs, and encouraged tenants to do the same. 

Over the years, there have been a great variety of programs. The park is available to the community for events, and so events have been very diverse. These have included gospel concerts, story telling, the Infringement Festival, pumpkin painting, potlucks, plant sales, a zombie film shoot and much, much more. Ongoing programs are a reading circle and science and art in the park for youth programs in the area. And of course, it's a wonderful place to picnic, walk or just relax, whenever you like, and take a break. 
There are many ways to participate and help the park. You can use the park for an outdoor event. Just contact us by facebook and reserve a date. Or hold a class or a meeting. Take and bring books to the Little Library, adopt a raised bed and/or volunteer to help with maintaining the gardens. If you would like more information or would like to know more about volunteering, contact 

People's Park is open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm every day. Check our facebook page for events, concerts and more. 
Space in our newest building, 45 Jewett Ave., has been leasing and there are 9,200 sq ft remaining. We'd love to show this space that features hardwood floors, exposed brick and new windows with views of the iconic Belt-line railway. It's urban work space at its best. For leasing information or a tour, call 835-3366 or click here. 
M&T 4th Friday @ Buffalo Art Studio

(Suite #500) 5:00 – 8:00

Free admission to the gallery and gift shop. Opening receptions include artist talks at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will include donation based wine and beer as well as delicious offerings provided by Ashker’s.        

June 22, 2018
June Fourth Friday at Buffalo Arts Studio will feature a panel discussion titled Coalitions, Cooperatives and Collectives; Building Creative Communities; the panel discussion will begin promptly at 5:30pm and is expected to run until 6:30pm, with networking and one-on-one conversations to follow.

               July 27 - September 7, 2018                                         

                     Buffalo Arts Studio is proud to present a                                     special summer 2018 project titled Connections

       Connections will include three solo exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and a panel conversation with experts in related fields.        
The project provides an opportunity to link artists with communities, with special emphasis placed on engaging underserved audiences. Connections will include three solo exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, and a panel conversation with experts in related fields.Connections’ goals include creating spaces to share stories, strengthening connections within and between communities, and encouraging the creation of new work by women, artists of color, and underrepresented practitioners.
Muhammad Z. Zaman, Kindness Has No Borders, 2017, 36 x 68, acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Liz Lessner, Traces of Friendly Fire (installation view), 2016, mixed media
Fotini Galanes, You and Me, 2017, mixed media

Tenants and employees - 
Join us for the Tenant Appreciation Picnic on
                            Friday, June 22 from 12:00 - 2:00                             
 Picnic lunch, music, games
The Green Shoots for New Americans Farm Stand, from their urban farm on Brewster street, starts in June. Look for them on Thursdays from 12:00 - 4:00 in the Tri-Main Center lobby. Produce and flowers are picked moments before you shop!
R.E.P.S. Fitness is our newest tenant. 
R.E.P.S. Fitness Training in a locally owned personal training company.  "We started R.E.P.S. with the sole purpose of getting Western New York fit and healthy one motivated client at a time."
They are currently located in suite 439, but will move to 413 as their permanent space.

Tri-Main Center was recognized for sustainability and community leadership by two organizations. The Western New York Sustainable Business Round Table presented us with the Silver Level award for ongoing projects, and the Most Innovative Award for our partnership with the Journey's End urban farm.
Cantalician Center presented Tri-Main Development with the Community Leader award for inclusiveness and diversity in our building community. 

Tri-Main Center Management is proud and honored by these awards and appreciate the work that these organization do.


Congratulations to Buffalo Arts Studio for recognition from the Arts Initiative of WNY at the Spark Awards! They were chosen Community Organization of the Year.
Fotoni Galanes, a Buffalo Arts Studio resident artist,  was chosen Artist of the Year at the Spark Awards.

Buffalo Arts Studio brings so much beauty to our building.  



The Occupational Training Center "Exceptional Recycling Services" program was honored alongside 32 other schools participating in recycling efforts. They won the grand prize of a new recycling cart!                                                         
                       This team has made Tri-Main Center a                                                       much greener place to work. 
          Learn more about how to recycle at Tri-Main Center -            Paper, cardboard, plastic, compost and electronics. 
Thank you for your support!
Please note that recycled shrink wrap cannot have labels.
The following plastic codes are not recyclable in our program:    1, 4, 5, 7 
All plastic containers must be clean.
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