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Get Into the String of Things with BSW at CBW
October 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come learn more about Buffalo String Works and help us support this amazing organization which provides a creative home for refugee and immigrant children displaced from all over the world. Please join us on Friday, October 19 as we host our neighbors from BSW in our taproom at 520 7th Street on Buffalo’s West Side. Current BSW supporters and all guests who sign up for BSW’s newsletter at the event will enjoy $1 off core beers from 5:30 – 7:30PM.
Buffalo String Works (BSW) is a creative, grassroots program serving refugee students in Buffalo, inspired by the international El Sistema model which cultivates students to be agents of social change. Founded and led by local musicians, BSW is a nonprofit organization providing high-quality music instruction on violin, viola, cello, and double bass with students hailing from Syria, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Somalia. This year, BSW is serving 92 children from Buffalo’s refugee community – a far cry from the 17 children who began with the program 5 years ago!
BUFFALO WELCOMES REFUGEES
16,000 refugees have resettled in Buffalo since 2002. Many refugees have relocated on the city’s West Side, where over 50% of the residents live at, or just above, the federal poverty level. Children especially—who can be placed in schools with no English language skills at all—may be left feeling adrift and isolated as they search for a sense of belonging in their new city.
BSW believes that music can be the antidote to these struggles. Research shows that music education improves social skills and academic outcomes, as well as self-confidence and emotional intelligence. Through the universal language of music, BSW extends a welcoming hand towards our city’s newest Americans.
You can read more about BSW at www.buffalostringworks.org.