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Arts and Entertainment

Jul 21, 2022

Irondequoit Community Orchestra awarded grant for children’s music program

The Irondequoit Community Orchestra Inc. has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Rochester Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, to produce a program of music for children, featuring musical compositions by underrepresented composers.  

Jul 1, 2022

County creates grant program for mid-sized arts organizations

Mid-sized arts organizations will have access to grant money through a new program launched by Monroe County.

Jun 17, 2022

Free admission Saturday at The Strong in honor of Juneteenth 

In partnership with the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, The Strong is offering free general admission and parking this Saturday in celebration of Juneteenth.   The event is part of a larger, community celebration beginning at the nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.   From 11 a.m. to […]

Jun 16, 2022

M&T and REF team up to collect musical instruments for students during Jazz Fest  

M&T Bank and the Rochester Education Foundation are teaming up once again to collect musical instruments for local students during the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, which runs from June 17 – 25.  

May 24, 2022

Succession plans critical for survival of family-owned businesses

While family-owned businesses are commonplace in the United States, those that are multigenerational remain rare gems. According to Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, there are over 5.5 million family businesses in the United States, with the average lifespan of a family-owned business at 24 years. Just 40% of family-owned businesses are handed down […]

May 17, 2022

The Strong awarded $7.5 million in federal funds for expansion project  

The Strong National Museum of Play has been awarded a $7.5 million grant through the Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Competitive Tourism program for an expansion project that includes creating a Neighborhood of Play, a new home for the World Video Game Hall of Fame and a Digital Gaming Hub.  As a result of the funding, […]

May 4, 2022

Storytelling event in honor of Mother’s Day will benefit SPCC  

ROC The Mic productions once again presents “Listen to Your Mother” in celebration of Mother’s Day weekend. The annual storytelling event is in its eighth season in Rochester and will be held this Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hochstein Performance Hall.  Since its first show in Rochester, the event has welcomed nearly 4,000 audience […]

May 2, 2022

International Plaza — The heart of Rochester’s Latinx community

Salsa music plays. The smell of bread, kababs and empanadas waft through the air. Colorful, flowing dresses and skirts catch the eye. For over 50 years, the Puerto Rican Festival has celebrated food, culture, dancing and beauty in downtown Rochester. Founded in 1969, the festival recognizes the many Puerto Rican people who have settled in […]

Apr 29, 2022

Cruising on the Erie Canal

According to Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, nearly 80 percent of upstate New Yorkers live within 25 miles of the canal, including the historic villages of Pittsford and Fairport. A stroll along Main Street in both villages — exploring local shops, galleries, foods, craft beverages and early 19th-century architecture — will immerse you in canal […]

Apr 29, 2022

Many reasons to ‘Celebrate More’ in the year ahead

Welcome to Rochester, where there is no limit to what you can do — and no reason to do it anywhere else. After seemingly endless disruptions to every aspect of our lives over the past two years, Rochester residents and visitors alike are ready to come together and celebrate. And celebrations will abound throughout Rochester […]

Apr 26, 2022

The Hochstein School appoints new president and executive director 

Hilary Field Respass has been appointed president and executive director of The Hochstein School, effective July 1.   Respass has served as executive director of Boston University Tanglewood Institute since 2014. Prior to that she held the leadership role at the community divisions of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut – a […]

Apr 19, 2022

Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival slated for August  

The 26th anniversary celebration of the Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival will take place on the last Friday and Saturday of August at Frontier Field.   The festival will kick off at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, with the ROC Summer Soul Tailgate in the Frontier Field VIP parking lot.   The festival will continue with […]