How to Kill A City: Demolition & Divestment in Rochester | December 8

540WMain Communiversity & Visual Studies Workshop presents:

How to Kill A City: Demolition & Divestment in Rochester 
An Interactive Film Based Workshop 

Saturday December 8 // 2pm-4pm

Join us for an interactive people centered workshop rooted in a curated selection of films from the Visual Studies Workshop collection that address the causes and effects of gentrification, with a focus on the urban redevelopment strategies in Rochester’s history and how systemic factors have impacted and will impact development and revitalization in Rochester’s future.

Facilitated by Calvin Eaton Founder/ Executive Director & Ray Ray Mitrano Art Activist for an afternoon of reflection, discussion and active participation in building a more inclusive community in Rochester.

Let’s Come Up With Something (circa 1970) 
16mm film Produced by Metro Act (now Metro Justice)
This film takes a critical look at living conditions among the working class in Rochester and the effect of municipal planning and construction initiatives in Monroe County.

Demolition: Justification or Remedy? (1980)
Umatic Video
Produced by Leslie Knowlton for Portable Channel
Independently produced video profile of the Corn Hill Neighborhood construction project in Rochester in the late 1970s.

—-> RSVP required online // walkins accepted
—-> This workshop will take place at the Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St)
—-> Open to all ($5) suggested donation (no one turned away)
—–> This interactive workshop will combine discussion, film, creative arts, writing and movement
—-> Perfect for those who attended the fall Gentrification Conference or any gentrification course at 540WMain

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton aka theglutenfreechef ( Calvin Eaton is a community educator, digital content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, inclusion, equity, curriculum writing, and higher education. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain Communiversity a grassroots non-profit community education and event space ( with a commitment to enrich the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through antiracism, arts & culture, and wellness education.

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