Making Buffalo Home

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo is hosting a visiting exhibit created by a Burmese artist who, along with hundreds of subjects he has met through his project, are former political prisoners in their homeland. His exhibit, a Show of Hands, features plaster casts of each former prisoner's hand. Some of them are of individuals who have since settled in Buffalo after spending years as refugees.

Lynne Bader

Making Buffalo Home is a WNED|WBFO multi-year project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are having in our community. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a local company is not only employing refugees, it's also helping them learn English.


Saturday was World Hijab Day, and the local organization Western New York Muslims celebrated the event by inviting the community to experience the head covering worn by some Muslim women.

Matt Ryan/New York Now

The New York State Legislature has approved a measure known as the Dream Act that would offer college aid for children of undocumented immigrants. However, they stopped short of acting on a measure to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in New York without documentation.

Tuesday at 1 p.m. WNED/WBFO is hosting another Facebook Live event as part of the "Making Buffalo Home" initiative. It's the second in an ongoing community conversation on the impact of immigration in Western New York. For a preview WBFO's Jay Moran chats with WNED Senior Producer Lynne Bader.


The region has become home to thousands of refugees in recent years. The influx is credited with the dramatic change in the fortunes of the west side of Buffalo.  WBFO/WNED Senior Director of News and Public Affairs Dave Rosenthal will examine the impact of refugees and their future roles in this community during "Understanding the Refugee Process." Rosenthal will be joined by a panel of experts for the community conversation which can be viewed on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 24 at 1 p.m.

Have a question or comment for the group? Leave it on WNED's Facebook event post or send it to fblive@wned.org.


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