The Western New York Minority Media Professionals Inc. (WNYMMP) closed on the purchase of the historic 1914 Sattler Theater located at 512 Broadway Street in the city of Buffalo, New York. The Broadway Theatre will be the home of our annual Professionals of Color Media Hall of Fame Awards dinner. The theatre will be a multi-purpose community building for showcasing films, theatrical productions, hosting concerts, live events, business conferences and dining events.
Since Buffalo is the home of the first movie theater built in the world, the preservation and restoration of The Sattler Theatre, a 1914 terra-cotta treasure, is an important part of the fabric of the historic architectural history of the Western New York region. It stands in a neighborhood with two other important theatres, The Savoy (1906) and The Michigan (1909), both of which need reconstruction and preservation. All the theatres are part of the New York State Movie Theatre Corridor which is an important new statewide initiative to preserve historic theatres and bring cultural tourism to the state.
Both the Sattler Theatre and the Media Museum will bring thousands of tourists to the Downtown-East Michigan Avenue Historical Preservation District along Broadway.
WNYMMP are the producers and developers of UPFRONT TV, OFFICIAL HEAT, and SPEAK-A-BLESSING which air on WKBW-TV ABC CH7. On January 1, 2008 we developed a high school media program which hosts and mentors 45-50 high school kids every Friday. They are currently in the process of creating an online newspaper to address youth issues called The Eagle E.Y.E.S. (Experienced, Youth, Expressing, Skills).
Our group which operates at WKBW-TV has outgrown their studios with 150 students in our media training center. The need for this project can only be expressed by lookimg at the number of incarcerations and homicides in our city amoung youth. This training center would be their home to learn skills in the multi media technical arena.
Our organization provides over 500,000 dollars of in-kind professional technical training and mentoring to 500 students each year, and we provide about 50,000 in cash towards this project.
We produce several programs that air on WKBW-TV CH7 ABC along with the arriving new media that will allow the project supporters to get main stream media exposure.