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On First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month, Governor Hochul Breaks Ground on $30 Million Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute in Buffalo

Governor Previously Announced $5M Grant for Institute’s Construction, Along with $775,000 WNYREDC Grant and $300,000 from NYPA

Institute will Celebrate the Region’s Hispanic Arts and Culture and Serve as Central Hub for West Buffalo

See Institute Renderings Here

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Governor Kathy Hochul today broke ground on the new Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute at an event with Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York leadership, community stakeholders and elected officials in West Buffalo. The HHCI will feature a museum, 150-seat performing arts theater, event space, café, media center for radio or television broadcasts, learning center, and more. The three-story, 37,000-square-foot infill development on Niagara and Hudson streets will celebrate the region’s Hispanic arts and culture and serve as a central hub for the West Buffalo community. The groundbreaking coincides with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month which goes from September 15 through October 15 and the 13th anniversary of the founding of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

“This center, the first of its kind in Upstate New York, will be a beacon for the West Buffalo community and region. This beautiful setting will allow us to showcase, celebrate and share the history, culture and contributions of Western New York’s Hispanic community,” Governor Hochul said. “I thank Cas Rodriguez and the Hispanic Heritage Council for making history by bringing history to this corner of West Buffalo through their tireless efforts and commitment that ensures this cultural institute will be celebratory, educational and interactive for today’s generation and for generations to come. I couldn’t be prouder to be the Governor that helped make today possible.”

Read the full press release here.