Welcome to Buy Local/Build a Future

We invite you take a look at the creative work of students (grades 4-12), teachers, business owners, and teaching artists designed to explore local economic history and promote local products, services, and tourism.  How does it work? Our theme song says it well…

“Buy Local, Build a Future,”
Local businesses support families and lay the ground work for future innovations and opportunities.

“Pride in the Place You Know,”
Even if we travel elsewhere, we take pride in all the ways in which local folks have built new local opportunities and, sometimes, even changed the world!

“Dream Big and Do the Work,”
The Creative Economy requires big dreams and fresh ideas.  But we can’t stop there.  It takes persistence and teamwork to make dreams come to reality!

“Lean Back and Watch it Grow!”
The most successful businesses grow with the combined efforts and creativity of many people.  They take on a life of their own that depends on no single person.  We are ready to watch Buy Local/Build a Future take off with the creativity of local teams everywhere!

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So check out the blogs of teachers and teaching artists.
You will follow them along every step of the way.

Check out new student artworks as they are posted on the site.
You will find videos, music, visual artwork and more that show the unique voices and viewpoints of our students!

Check out the growing bank of lesson plans and training videos.
We believe that there is no reason to “reinvent the wheel.”  We want to share our experience and expertise so anyone can join in.

Check out our partners and sponsors.
Through their efforts, we are helping to inspire a new generation of creative problem solvers, that will come up with the solutions to problems we haven’t even imagined.

Partners

The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, a member based non-profit serving Livingston County, New York, is supported by Livingston County Government and the New York State Council on the Arts which is funded by the New York State Legislature.

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