An editorial today deals with the Buffalo Arts and Technology Center, set to roll out next year under the direction of educator Amber M. Dixon. The idea is to get people working who are unemployed and better jobs for the unemployed, largely in the medical field as medical coders and pharmacy technicians.
The center, a neighbor of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will be housed in the vacant first and lower floors in the Artspace Buffalo Lofts at 1219 Main St., providing adult and high school students with art and culture and new opportunities.
The program is supported through more than $4 million in funding, primarily from the John R. Oishei Foundation, First Niagara Foundation and Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, along with the Empire State Development Corp. and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
It is modeled after the Manchester Bidwell Corp. concept from Pittsburgh.
Dawn Marie Bracely - Editorial Writer