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Buffalo Co-Lab

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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Madeline Rutowski

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Orchard Park, NY
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
  • Served as a teaching assistant for BCAT’s Youth Arts and Adult Workforce Programs in collaboration with teaching artists.
  • Interviewed BCAT staff and students and compiled their stories into a report on the qualitative impact the organization has had on their lives and in the community.
  • Met Bill Strickland, the founder of the Manchester-Bidwell Corporation and the concept of the "environment shapes behavior" philosophy upon which BCAT is built.
  • Helped coordinate the end-of-trimester showcase in which BCAT youth performed and displayed their work.

“I have learned so much about the city of Buffalo this summer. Though I am a Buffalo native and I very frequently traverse into the city, I realized throughout my time on the High Road that there is so much about my city that I simply did not know. Whether it be the astounding number of festivals, the hidden culinary gems that serve anything from five star cuisine to charcoal flavored ice cream, and the people, I found myself in awe of how great Buffalo really is.”

-–From Madeline’s Final Evaluation

“Our High Road Fellow was an excellent worker, always professional, detail oriented and always ready to help. Madeline has done very important work including helping us tell our story better.  The impact of her work is felt every day at BCAT.”

-- Tom Dreitlein, Youth Program Coordinator