Learn more about the team bringing you City of Night!
CITY of NIGHT describes Buffalo; its once-illustrious past seemingly extinguished, and yet all along there was a small flame still burning. Buffalo has been many things, and its evolution continues, the city’s meaning changing with each generation. We seek to celebrate the CITY of NIGHT and all it has awakened in us. What does Buffalo’s night, symbolic or literal, mean to you? What will we do with the dawn?
We are a dynamic group of emerging artists, arts professionals and mentors, who network, support and promote one another. We offer our members critique sessions, workshops, group art shows, job shadowing/mentoring, field trip opportunities, community art projects, parties, and more. It is important to us that we collaborate with other local organizations and individuals working toward similar ends. Explore our site to learn more! more at www.ELABuffalo.com
Lead Event Coordinator, Dana Saylor is a Buffalo transplant, a self-employed professional historical researcher, artist, and community activist. Her passion is Buffalo's history, and how it informs our future. As a co-founder of ELAB, she helped make CITY of NIGHT a reality, with the support of ELAB members and the public. (Photo courtesy City Lights Studio)
Marcus L. Wise, a Buffalo native and graduate of the University at Buffalo, is an artist, arts supporter and advocate. An award-winning photographer, Wise is the owner of 464 Gallery, President of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB), and designer and publisher of local arts magazine, Spark. Wise believes in harnessing the power of art through grassroots and individual efforts to build and rebuild communities.
Marissa Lehner is an artist and art teacher currently living in Buffalo, NY. After graduating from Alfred University in 2009, she returned to Erie County where she has worked with the community to create public murals like the Grant/Amherst Community Mural. Independently, she works with various found materials to create mixed-media sculpture and installation art. She teaches Art at Clarence Middle School and is the Community Arts Chair of ELAB.
Tara Sasiadek is a Buffalo, NY native who has both a BA in Philosophy and a BFA in Painting, from SUNY Buffalo & a Masters in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
Tara teaches at the Buffalo Academy of Science, serves as the Vice President of ELAB, and is the director of the Buffalo branch of Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School.
ELAB member Leslie Fineberg has been a Buffalo performing artist for most of her life. She is an actress, choreographer, and Certified American Tribal Style® Bellydance Instructor. She is also the dance/theater organizer for the Buffalo Infringement Festival.
Owner of Derailleur, a graphic design and screenprinting firm, Jon has worked behind the scenes with ELAB since its founding. The iconic CITY of NIGHT logo was designed by him, as well as a majority of the print and digital collateral for the event. He is an invaluable member of the team.
By day, Krystal works for Deaf Adult Services, and by night (and on weekends) she serves as Volunteer Coordinator for CITY of NIGHT. She brought her extensive experience and connections to the event in 2013 and successfully managed a team of over 120 volunteers!
Analytical and detail-oriented, Jeffrey has led the Food & Beverage section of CITY of NIGHT for two years. Running both the bar area and the food truck involvement, his assistance has been integral to the success of the event.
Candice joined the team in 2013 as our ELAB Treasurer, whose duties included budget planning, and day-of running at CITY of NIGHT. She worked incredibly hard to keep track of all our numbers and work with the vendors with whom we partnered.
For the second year, Craig pulled off the seemingly impossible: lighting and electrifying the entire Silo City site, in an artistic and creative way. Also, he managed stage construction and numerous other fine details that enhanced attendee experience.
Amber's background in marketing, PR and graphic design all came into play in her role as Marketing Coordinator for this year's event. Writing press releases, arranging media appearances, and managing the marketing were just a few of her important responsibilities.
Steve brought his skills and expertise to serve as CITY of NIGHT's head of Grounds and Volunteer Security in 2013. He oversaw a large team and worked incredibly hard to ensure the best possible experience for attendees.
Darren put in his second year as Main Stage Coordinator, curating and communicating with all our musical acts. A musician himself, he understands the challenges that bands deal with at performances, and planned accordingly, to create a great experience for everyone.
Chris was our Culturals & Community Coordinator for 2013, and brought in a number of organizations who provided interesting and interactive booths for the event. His background in community organizing and political activism was put to good use!
You may have seen him at Larkin Square or Sportsmen's Tavern, but we've claimed Seamus for the ELAB team because he did such a great job as our Main Stage Emcee during CITY of NIGHT. His comfort and ease at the mic was matched by his informative and fun banter.
Alex, who has been involved with Silo City Rocks, brought her familiarity with the site to the table when planning the VIP Room experience. She leveraged her connections and abilities and was a valuable asset to the team.