Buffalo Exchange Honors Rick Wamer, 2015 Contributor to the Arts Award

Tucson, ARIZ. — Buffalo Exchange, a privately owned, family-operated fashion resale retailer based in Tucson, will honor Rick Wamer, a nationally and internationally recognized performing artist, educator, organizational leader and arts advocate. As the recipient of the 2015 Buffalo Exchange

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Contributor to the Arts Award he will receive a $10,000 cash award funded by the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts, held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $190,000 to individuals in the Southern Arizona art community since 1994.

“Forget the stereotypical annoying mime: the guy trapped in a box, the guy climbing the ladder, the guy you want to strangle. Wamer is part many things–part dancer, part actor, part comedian–but he’s never anything less than fully mesmerizing. ” – Tucson Weekly

“The Buffalo Exchange Arts Award was created to celebrate the arts and those individuals who live it one way or the other. The arts enable society to see beyond its every day experience. Artists are the visionaries and Rick Wamer exemplifies this. It is a pleasure to honor him for his special talents and work over the last two decades as our beneficiary to the Arts Award.” – Kerstin Block, Buffalo Exchange founder

Rick is the co-founder of Embody Learning in Tucson.  He has impacted over 100,000 students, which has led to improved social-emotional growth and academic learning via the arts.  Rick is also the Program Director for Arts Integration Solutions.  In both cases he advocates for the place and power of the arts in our society, and models its usage in schools and on stages.

Mentored by the famed Marcel Marceau, Rick is a globally recognized performing artist who inspires and touches the lives of thousands each year.  The person who nominated Wamer described him as being a risk-taker, empowering of others, passionate, gentle, a community builder, visionary and thought leader.  “I consider Rick Wamer to be a living legend and a Southern Arizona treasure.”

Each year, candidates for Buffalo Exchange’s Arts Award are nominated and selected by two panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona arts scene.  The focus of the award changes from one year to the next, highlighting important contributors to the arts, or emerging artists in the visual arts and performing arts – ones who are not necessarily well known but are showing great promise in fulfilling the highest standards of excellence.

To learn more about the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts and see a complete list of past recipients, please visit Buffalo Exchange Arts Award

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Photo credit: Larry Hanelin