After a long fight with cancer, Orlando arts advocate Leena Buchy, has passed away.

Shanon Larimer, Chairman of the Board for the Downtown Arts District, issued the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Arts District, we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Leena Buchy.  Leena joined the Downtown Arts District in 2005 as the first employee of CityArts Factory and most recently served as the facility’s Manager of Operations.

As an arts advocate, Leena led the expansion of the organization’s mission-based programs and spearheaded special events that promoted cultural diversity and engaged participation.  She provided a significant contribution to the Downtown experience enjoyed by the citizens of our community and visitors to Central Florida.

It is because of Leena’s support and dedication that CityArts Factory continues to remain a catalyst for opportunity, creativity, innovation and artistic excellence.  We will forever be grateful for her service and friendship.  She will be missed.”

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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