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New Monroe County relief program will help cultural organizations (access required)

Monroe County will allocate up to $2 million in CARES Act funding to provide financial assistance to the arts and cultural sector. JumpstARTS will allow small- to medium-sized arts and cultural organizations to apply for funding. The sector was hard ...

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Kids Out and About celebrates 20 years of connecting parents, community (access required)

When advertising is your bread and butter, it seems unlikely you would want to give it away. But that is exactly what Debra Ross did during the pandemic. Ross is the founder, publisher and CEO of EntertainmentCalendar.com, the umbrella company ...

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New tenants arriving as Gallina’s creation of Innovation Square continues (access required)

An eatery and a theater management firm have signed on as tenants at Innovation Square, the latest re-creation vision of a downtown landmark by Gallina Development. Innovation Arts Management LLC will oversee the reimagination of the former Xerox Auditorium. The ...

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Lilac Festival returns with a retro, weekends-only feel (access required)

The Lilac Festival is going retro, reverting to the format of yesteryear as it kicks off Rochester’s festival season and a return to near-normalcy. Instead of operating for 10 consecutive days, the 2021 Lilac Fest will welcome visitors to Highland ...

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City again accepting applications for event permits (access required)

The city of Rochester will begin issuing special event permits, provided organizers adhere to state COVID-19 mandates and health department guidance. Nearly all events, concerts and neighborhood festivals have been canceled since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown in ...

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Lilac Festival returns in May (access required)

After the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation in 2020, the Rochester Lilac Festival will return for a 123rd time, albeit with a different format. The festival will take place in Highland Park over nine days covering three consecutive weekends: May 7-9, ...

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RIT’s game design program ranked among world’s best (access required)

Rochester Institute of Technology’s game design program continues to climb in The Princeton Review international rankings of the best collegiate programs. RIT’s undergraduate program ranked fourth on the Top 50 list, released today. That’s up one spot from 2020 and ...

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Writers & Books receives $10,000 national award (access required)

Charter Communications Inc. has partnered with Ovation, America’s only arts network, to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs in five of Charter’s Spectrum markets nationwide. Rochester’s Writers & Books on Tuesday received $10,000 as one of ...

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State Council on the Arts awards $40M in grants (access required)

The New York State Council on the Arts will distribute $40 million in grants to 1,225 arts and cultural organizations statewide, supporting nearly 150 artists across 10 regions. “During an unprecedented and most challenging year for our sector, New York ...

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ESL lands naming rights to Museum of Play’s digital exhibits (access required)

ESL Federal Credit Union has committed $1.5 million and obtained the naming rights to Digital Worlds, a 24,000-square-foot gallery at the Strong National Museum of Play. As part of the Strong’s $60 million Powered by Play: A Campaign for the ...

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Garth Fagan Dance joins forces with RIT/NTID (access required)

As Garth Fagan Dance continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary season, a new collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf may help ensure another 50 years of expressive contemporary dance. Garth Fagan Dance ...

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Rochester native’s Tocsin Magazine gives voice to social justice issues (access required)

Shanique Byrd learned long ago that the rich and famous — and infamous — prefer talking to fans over talking to media. Especially when it comes to dispelling rumors. “I learned that celebrities, especially urban entertainers, a lot of them ...

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