Rochester's art community gathers for potential 'game-changing' meeting

December 14, 2018 11:16 PM

A study triggered by the proposal of a large-scale performing arts center in Rochester may have led to a much bigger force in the city. 

On Friday, advocates for the arts, big organizations and individual artists came to talk about arts and the community. 

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Many of them were interviewed by research firm AMS about what Rochester's arts community needs. The room discussed putting resources in the hands of people who will make a difference.

And that led to talk of a committee which will work to get a room full of ideas to the next step.

"There are an awful lot of folks who get together to fight against something. These folks are getting together to fight for something," said Elaine Spaull, chair of City Council's Arts and Culture Committee. 

"This isn't a superfluous extracurricular thing.These are people who work in the arts for a living and they want to do that in Rochester. Arts and culture is what makes a city truly a city. It's the heart and soul," added Jonathan Binstock, director of the Memorial Art Gallery.

A group of people, that united because of this meeting, will research what's worked in other cities, and bring ideas to a second meeting.


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