540WMain Learning Academy is an educational venue that hosts classes and events for a wide variety of interests. The nonprofit “communiversity” can be found on the first floor of the historic 540 W Main Street building, located in this Susan B. Anthony Preservation District.
At the heart of what makes 540WMain so special is its mission to bring together people of all walks of life around learning. Founder Calvin Eaton aims to do this in a setting that fosters a sense of community and collaboration.
The space is easily affordable for anyone looking to teach a niche class or just simply share their knowledge with the community. From vegan baking to lectures on intersectional feminism, grant writing to hip-hop cardio fitness, the selection of classes offered there is broad and useful to many. 540WMain also provides space for local artists to show their work, along with internship and employment opportunities for young people.
Since taking up the location in 2016, the team at 540WMain has been slowly renovating the building. Working with Kiva Rochester, the organization secured a crowd funded loan to redesign the community classroom. Eaton says it’s not only about having a good space, but making it accessible to others to use, that makes 540WMain special.