ALLEGANY, N.Y. – The second annual Bonaventure Art and Media Fair (BAM) is slated for April 20 to April 21 in the San Damiano Room of Francis Hall at St. Bonaventure University and the Olean, N.Y., Art Space .
The BAM Fair is an opportunity for St. Bonaventure students, local and regional artists and performers, and community political organizations to show their creative interests and provide an outlet for free expression.
The independent spirit is in full force as Dr. Mark Huddle, assistant professor of history at St. Bonaventure, and a group of students, expand upon the ground they broke at last year’s fair.
In addition to live musical performances by a variety of groups throughout the two-day fair, there will be interactive workshops and panels covering issues such as independent magazines, self-publishing, the music industry and social advocacy.
The Bonaventure Art and Media Fair is student driven. Bill Boguski, a senior journalism/mass communication major from Carmel, N.Y., is one of the student leaders.
“Last year, against all odds, we were able to create a successful and rewarding event for all those involved and who came,” Boguski said. “We’ve got access to people with a wide variety of interests in art and music.”
Cathy Kula, a junior English major, is heading the events and is excited to be able to be a part of something that really matters for the community and herself personally, she said..
“Having the ability to utilize my own talent, as well as reach out to others who haven’t had the opportunity to do so is a wonderful feeling,” Kula said. “I love being connected to the community. We help each other and the result is amazing.”
All events are free and open to the public, although organizers will be asking for donations at the door.
Information is available through Boguski at 845-705-2134 or email@example.com; Kula at 585-610-7263; or Huddle at 716-375-2242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.