Iconic Buffalo Muralist Brings New Hope to Family Promise
Family Promise of Western New York, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, got a face lift courtesy of Casey Milbrand, local Buffalo artist and muralist. Milbrand, who is known for his iconic precision painted lines, typographical style and three-dimensional work, painted a mural in the Family Promise shelter building around the concept of hope. The mural was a part of Family Promise's Light our Future campaign to celebrate the completion of critical renovations completed in 2020 which allowed the shelter to double in size.
"We are thrilled to be working with Casey on this project," said Luanne Firestone, Executive Director of Family Promise of WNY. "Casey is creating a message of hope that will not only be visually beautiful, but will uplift the families we serve. The mission of Family Promise is to help families find their way back home, but our vision is to build a community that wraps homeless children and their families in hope. This mural is a great demonstration of living into that vision!"
“When my ‘Let Hope Shine Through’ mural concept was chosen for Family Promise of WNY many months ago, I didn’t know what a personal impact it would have on my life and how much painting it would mean to me,” said Milbrand. “I am so grateful to work with such an amazing organization and to have met the amazing families that currently call it home! There is so much hope that fills the Family Promise of WNY space from the moment you walk in the door, and so I’m hoping my mural captures that feeling.”
"Working with Cassi has been a delight! We feel so lucky as an organization to have benefited from her talent and vision. Her colorful and whimsical murals added the magic we were looking for to transform our homeless shelter facility into a truly special space. Cassi herself has been very easy to work with and has connected into the vision of Family Promise which seeks to build a community that wraps homeless children and their families in hope. Thank you, Cassi, for gifting us with joy and color and light!"
Luanne Firestone, Executive Director