Buffalo String Works  is a creative, grassroots program serving refugee students in Buffalo, New York, inspired by the international El Sistema  model which cultivates students to be agents of social change. Founded and led by local musicians, Buffalo String Works (BSW) is a nonprofit organization providing high-quality music instruction on violin, viola, and cello, with students hailing from Nepal, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Liberia, and Somalia. Recognizing the significance of music as a universal language, we offer a creative outlet for children and their families who are searching for a sense of belonging in a new community.


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