The art design of a freshman at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts was selected to promote the Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience events.
Desanay Nalls appeared with Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi, Doug Hartmayer, Director of Public Affairs with the NFTA and BAVPA Principal Jodi Covington and her school Thursday as the art work was unveiled.
“I commend Desanay for driving STEM awareness through her artwork. Buffalo is in a renaissance, reinventing itself through various forms of new high tech industry. STEM careers are opening up, from solar energy to the allied health sciences and applied technology fields. We are making sure that our talented students will be the human capital pipeline that fuels the New Buffalo,” said Cash.
Nalls design will appear on city bus shelters to help create awareness around careers and jobs in the field of math, science, technology and engineering. Her design states “Discover Your Future”.
Nalls said she wanted her design to display ‘unity through cultural diversity’ and ‘common STEM Goals.
“It allows me to earmark a milestone on my path to becoming the first African-American female architect in my family,” stated Nalls.
Nalls Art Teacher Rachel Lyons assisted the art major with the dimensions and graphic requirements for the design project.
“The students of Buffalo are our greatest natural resource and represent the future of our community,” said said Hartmayer. “The NFTA is pleased to promote the STEM program.”
The city schools STEM Experience program is facilitated by UB.
“Encouraging talented students like Ms. Nalls to become actively engaged in the many STEM opportunities in Buffalo is what this program is all about. By giving students a hands-on introduction to the exciting careers open to them in an innovation economy, we hope to inspire even more young scholars to pursue a future career in STEM. And our Western New York community is quickly becoming an ideal place to find those opportunities,” said UB’s Tripathi.