Don’t believe everything you’ve read about Buffalo!
Yes, the city does have occasional epic snowstorms, and for decades has faced the usual rust-belt challenges. What you might not know is that the city of Buffalo is on the rise. Businesses are moving back, building cranes are visible downtown, our extraordinary architecture is being dusted off and restored, and the arts are thriving. How many other mid-size American cities have a full-time orchestra not facing perennial budget crises, more than one first-rate art museum, and a 24-hour commercial-free classical-music radio station?—not to mention dozens of entrepreneurial music and arts groups!
Buffalo’s population is growing, and not just from the many young people moving back into the city. Since 2010, close to 9,000 immigrants and refugees have chosen to call Buffalo their home. On the West Side, a long-underserved part of the city, the streets are now teeming with businesses, many owned and operated by new residents. Lots of immigrant children attend P.S. 45 International School, a public school serving over 70 different language groups. This school is generally acknowledged as one of the finest in the city, but nonetheless struggles with meeting the needs of this diffuse student body. They offer as much music as they can, but unfortunately they cannot afford to run an instrumental-music program. And here, the story of Buffalo String Works begins.