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Rise Collaborative is a news and entertainment platform. We cover culture and lifestyle in Buffalo, Rochester and Western New York.
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No Boundaries Magazine is a semiannual, 76-page, perfect bound production covering social and economic justice, community change makers, and arts, music, history and culture. We distribute to every neighborhood in Buffalo, every one of its suburbs, Niagara Falls and Rochester NY for FREE.

LIFTED by Rise Collaborative is a podcast released weekly, taking a deeper look at the people behind positive change. From politicians who got their start during the Civil Rights Movement, to head brewers and blacksmiths, to refugee entrepreneurs.

Rise VIDEO combines general content about our communities with promotional content we develop specifically for our clients. This ain’t that shit on TV.


Kevin Heffernan
Managing Director

Growing up in West Seneca was great, but living in the city of Buffalo the last 15 years has been even better. I’m behind the camera and at the editing desk for most of Rise’s videos and it’s been such a privilege to hear and share the stories of the people who are turning our city around. Not-so-secret passion: Laser Moustache Softball on Wednesday nights with friends I’ve had since kindergarten.


Drew Brown
Creative Director

Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side, I spent my teens in East Aurora, and now call Buffalo’s West Side home. I’m a lifer. Whether behind a camera or with a mouse in hand, I’m looking for all the ways to give our city the fresh look it deserves.


Cecelia Gotham
Rochester Production Manager

#RiseRoc – I go by Cecelia or Cece – whichever you prefer. Born and raised in Rochester – with an 8 year stint in Buffalo. I grew up in the 10th Ward of Rochester and will always have a sweet spot for that neighborhood. I’m a proud double graduate from Canisius College and a lover of all things baseball, basketball, and J. Cole.