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    The Need

    Like all of us, Music is Art has had a bumpy road this year. We have not been able to hold our normally held events and fundraisers, but in spite of that we are going strong, and generating new “safe” programming including some exciting initiatives coming your way!

    If you are not familiar with us… Music is Art is dedicated to creating opportunities to fuel the unifying power of music in our region. Music is Art has been proud to enrich our community through our programs and initiatives. From education to instrument drives to helping aspiring musicians, we have been an integral part of Buffalo’s music scene. It is our hope that we encourage people to find their musical voice, think about how music touches their lives, and most importantly, think about the fact that...music is art.

    Music is Art is a not-for-profit, founded in 2003 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo resident, Robby Takac. Music is Art operates through a board of directors, staff, sponsors, and volunteers, as well as collaborations with several partner organizations. 

    The Artist

    Lorrie Frear

    Lorrie is a Professor in the School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is committed to creating collaborative learning experiences for students representing different departments in the college, other colleges at RIT and other universities. Her specific areas of expertise include typography, calligraphy, packaging design, design systems, design literacy and contemporary lettering. Every year since 2008 (aside from this year), Lorrie has volunteered for Music is Art at their annual festival.



    Carol Fillip

    Carol is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Graphic Design Department in the School of Design, at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her scholarship and research interests are diverse and collaboration is a high priority. Creative processes and techniques using design thinking, as well as improving design education, can be seen throughout her work. Carol’s other research interests are in the area of socially responsible design, experiential education, branding and identity, typography, color theory and practice. Since 2008, Carol has sat on the Board of Directors for Music is Art.