Simon Griffis Memorial Celebration

Press Release

Simon Griffis in actionMulti-media event planned to celebrate the life of Simon Griffis
Almost one-year ago, the entire Western New York region suffered a major loss due to the passing of Simon Griffis, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation. For the thousands of lives Simon touched; the tears have dried, wonderful memories forever sealed, and a multi-media celebration is being planned to honor the life of Simon Griffis.

“Sibo: the Simon Griffis Memorial Celebration” will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Essex Arts Center, 30 Essex Street in Buffalo. Tickets for $15 can be purchased at Terrapin Station or Spot Coffee on Elmwood, or can bought for $20 at the door. For more information, visit

The event will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with the re-naming of the student art studio to the “The Simon Griffis Studio.” Musical and artistic performances will begin after the dedication.

In typical Ashford Hollow Foundation style, the event is sure to be eclectic, bombastically creative and will consume all areas of the arts complex. Music acts Soul Committee, Sonic Garden, and Nick Gordon & the Family Band will play sets on the outdoor stage. Aircraft & The Talking Heads tribute band Stop Making Sense, will play inside the Studio for Youth. Buffalo’s favorite New Orleans style-party band 12/8th Path Band will be working the crowd.

There will be plenty of additional artistic performances and experiences, provided by Mbaye Rama Drumming & Dancing, Musical & Light Interpretation by Poverty Hymns Light Show, hula hoopers, photo booth, live painting experiences and much more. All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Ashford Hollow Foundation.

Simon, or “Sibo” as he was known to many, picked up the torch passed by his father Larry Griffis, Jr in becoming the steward of the foundation that operates the Griffis Sculpture Park in Cattaraugus County and the Essex Arts Center on the Westside of Buffalo. In addition to managing America’s largest sculpture park in Ashford Hollow, NY, Simon brought arts and education programming to all corners of Western New York. From his incredibly successful Boys and Girls Club program in the inner-city of Buffalo, to working with classes in rural areas, Simon brought passion, respect, kindness and unlimited creativity to his students. The impact that Simon Griffis had on students, his fellow instructors, the community, and most-importantly to his family and friends will realized for decades to come.

For more information, visit or call 716.667.2808.

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