Open-Source Biography

Get to Know Your Neighbors, Learn About Our Histories, Share Your Storiesopen mask
Free community workshop!
Open-Source Biography refers to the evolving story that we are all part of as a community, and contribute to every day.
The goal of Open-Source Biography is to generate compassion through sharing our histories.
The workshops will provide a safe space for people to share personal stories that expose our differences as well as our common ground. We will work with various tools to document and share our histories.  We will collage our individual biographies to generate a multi-media, evolving community archive: an Open-Source Biography. We will share our Open-Source Biography with the public in the form of an interactive installation in the Chapel of the W. Ferry/Richmond Church on Sunday, September 13th.
Over the course of the 8 workshops we will work with some of the following exercises, methods and mediums:
-Breath, Body and Mind awareness
-Writing and speaking
-Video self interviewing and partner-interviewing
-Mask/Costume playing with character dynamics
-Exchanging, sharing and overlapping personal details to observe how our specific stories inform and interact with one another.The first workshop on September 1st will be an introduction both to each other as expressive collaborators, and to the ideas that we will later explore in depth over the course of the following 7 workshops. It is highly recommended that participants attend this frst workshop.Before each workshop an all-levels yoga class will be held as a physical warm-up. The yoga class is recommended for workshop participants but not required.
Yoga classes, workshops and final public sharing will be held at the Richmond Ferry Church: 467 Richmond Ave Buffalo.
Tuesday September 1st
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Wednesday September 2nd
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Thursday September 3rd
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Saturday September 5th
yoga 12:30-1:30pm workshop 2-4pm

Tuesday September 8th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm
workshop 6-8pm
Wednesday September 9th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Thursday September 10th
yoga 4:30-5:30pm workshop 6-8pm
Saturday September 12th
yoga 12:30-1:30pm workshop 2-4pm

Sunday September 13th…………………..Final performance 1pm

Workshop places are limited so please register ahead of time if you would like to join.

To register or for further questions/information,
please send an email to Kyla Kegler: [email protected]

The workshop locations are being donated through the Rosanna Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts & Richmond Ferry Church.

Open-Source Biography is a new community performance work developed and fascilitated by artist Kyla Avery Kegler. It is funded and curated by artist Tina Dilllman of Project Grant.

Hand Across Buffalo At Richmond Ferry Church


Dear Friends of the Richmond Ferry Church,

We would like to invite you to be a part of an historic event where 7,000 people will link arms to stand in unity to create a human chain across the City of Buffalo along Ferry Street from Niagara St to Bailey Ave.

We have organized a team to represent The Richmond Ferry Church. If you are interested in participating please register at and indicate (at the end of the online form) that you are affiliated/representing “The Richmond Ferry Church”.  Once you are registered,  plan to meet on Saturday at the Ferry Street side of the church at 10:30am. We will link arms along Ferry Street from 11:00am-11:15am. A music performance organized by Griffin Brady ~ The Slyboots Drum Ensemble will follow the arm-linking event.

Please also share this invite with your family, friends, clients…. and spread the word to as many people as you can. If you need any further information please feel free to contact [email protected]

Thanks for your support!


Renovation at RFC have begun

Channel 4 and Channel 7 spent all morning at the Richmond Ferry Church talking with owner Rachel Heckl, anchor tenant, Benjaman Contemporary gallery owner Emily Tucker and Tyra Johnson Project Manager, discussing the inspiring creation of a collaborative arts center in the former Richmond Ferry Church.