Ranzenhofer secures funds for artisan education workshop
State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer recently announced $50,000 in state funding to build an Artisan Education Building on Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s 35-acre campus. The funds will help to create new opportunities for programming, jobs training and student field trips.
Plans call for re-creating a historic industrial building from the Buffalo Niagara region during the late 1800s. The new building is the first step in creating an artisan village that will eventually feature additional shops, including pottery, printing and tin smithing.
BNHV Woodwrights Guild will construct the new building in phases, along with students, as part of a “Workforce Development Entry Program.” Members of the community will be able to sign up for classes to learn new skills.
BNHV’s campuswide facilities are currently in a state of gridlock due to high demand for workshop space from numerous new and forming volunteer artisan organizations. The new building will provide needed space to adequately support increased demand for community opportunities, such as long-term workshops and classroom programs. It will also enhance hands-on demonstrations for the nearly 4,000 school-age children who visit the village annually.
The new structure will be located near the blacksmith shop and farmstead. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $70,000. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed in multiple phases through the next two years.