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Pride in Place Buffalo

Community Challenge grant in partnership with the Buffalo Center for Health Equity, one of six grantees selected in the state of New York.

The grant will be used to celebrate and reinvigorate Black and Brown culture, community, and pride throughout three Buffalo neighborhoods. Working with a team of local creatives and equity advocates, this effort aims to gather community input while lifting up important landmarks, parks, art and music happenings, and cultural events occurring in these neighborhoods. The effort will highlight and promote health, hope, and exploration during COVID-19 recovery, while planting seeds for neighborhood-owned community development visions as we work together to rebuild.

Walk and Capture Community Workshop | Pride In Place Buffalo

This work centers Pride in Place – We are here. Black people have been an important part of Buffalo’s history since the beginning. We are excited to lift up the community during this scary time. It is not only needed, but this effort is lauded, and we are so excited to work with LISC and AARP,” says Rita Hubbard-Robinson, CEO of NeuWater & Associates, LLC and consultant with the Buffalo Center for Health Equity. “We are looking forward to raising spirits and inspiring the Black community. This placemaking work will allow us to explore our own communities, and help other people interested in learning about our communities to see and experience areas where we envision positive transformation.”

Our Partners

This project would not be possible without the passion and partnership of the following organizations.
We encourage you to learn more about these partners and hire them for your upcoming programs! 

About The Buffalo Center for Health Equity

The Buffalo Center for Health Equity works to eliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region.

The Center works

collaboratively with community members and organizations as well as the public and faith-based sectors to advance this multi-level agenda. The work focuses primarily in the 14204, 14206, 14211, 14212 and, 14215 zip codes in Buffalo, NY where African Americans are dying at three times the rate as their white counterparts. The health inequities affecting Buffalonians, like in many American cities, are the downstream effect of failing schools, high unemployment, low property values, poor access to public transportation, absence of grocery stores, lead contamination in homes, highway pollution, brownfields, and poor access to healthcare. These social and economic conditions are known to be the primary drivers of health.


LISC WNY works regionally with partners to bring local neighborhood ideas to life; creating great places to live, work and raise a family for all. Our five-year strategic plan takes a place-based, multidisciplinary model to help individuals and small businesses currently isolated from economic opportunity better connect to the training, employment, 

technical assistance, and capital necessary for them to successfully participate in their regions’ growth and prosperity. The plan includes neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, neighborhood business, and family income & wealth building goals. This place-based and people-centered approach aims to better coordinate and concentrate workforce, small business, and real estate development in districts or neighborhoods that have traditionally seen a lack of investment.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Media Partner

The Challenger

About The Challenger

The Steering Team

& Associates LLC.

Freedom Gardens

Additional Partners

Company/Organization NameWebsite
Neu Water & Associateshttp://www.neuh2o.com
Eat Off Artwww.EatOffArt.com
Breland Designswww.Brelanddesigns.com
Get AMP’D Photography
Urban Legacy Filmworks
Buffalo History Channel
Buffalo and Western New York African American History Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffaloandWesternNewYorkAfricanAmericanHistory
Buffalo, A toast to the Townhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/855505714485399
Imani (XIII)instagram.com/xiii_513
Get Fokus’d Productionshttp://getfokusdproductions.com
John Bakerhttps://www.albrightknox.org/person/john-baker
Julia Bottomswww.juliabottoms.com
Chuck Tingleywww.chucktingley.com
Edreys Wajedwww.edreys.com
EKL Prohttp://eklpro.com
Colored Girls bike too (CGBT)
Harriet Tubman School #31https://www.buffaloschools.org/PS31
Urban Fruits & Veggies
Tina Washington-Abubekerhttps://www.aaccbuffalo.org
Food for the Spirit / Buffalo Food Equity Network
Good Food Buffalo Coalition
Impacted Families Initiative
Massachusetts Avenue Project
Igniting Hope Radio
Freedom Gardens of Buffalo
Jericho Road Community Health Center.https://www.jrchc.org/
Grassroots gardens of WNY
Michigan street African American Corridor
Millenium Health Rado
REACH (a project of CAI Global)
Cepa Gallery
Wakanda Alliance
Cultrue, Inc.
Hamlin Park Community & Taxpayers Association