540WMain Partners with Rochester City School District Enrico Fermi School #17 for Student Open Mic Showcase | May 23

We are pleased to announce our first ever partnership with the Rochester City School District Enrico Fermi’s School #17 for a spring Student Open Mic Showcase

Who: A group of 8th grade students from School #17

What: Stories of Resilience: An Evening of Song, Poetry & Photography : Student Open Mic Night

This is an event coordinated by a group of 8th grade students from School #17, their teacher, Alicia Renner, and Calvin Eaton of 540WMain Communiversity. Working through the M.K. Gandhi Institute’s Youth Healing Hate grant, the event’s focus is to shine a spotlight on the students of the Rochester City School District’s Enrico Fermi School and allow them to tell their stories through songs, poetry, and photography.
In preparing for the event, students are participating with community members and with each other about finding one’s voice, overcoming obstacles, dealing with racial biases and systemic racism, maintaining resilience, and highlighting the beauty in their communities. The event will be student performances in an open-mic style.


1872 Cafe | 431 West Main Street


—> No cover, donations accepted
—> Pre-register recommended, walk-ins welcome (space is limited)

About Alicia Renner

I am an 8th grade Spanish teacher in the RCSD. I have been a teacher for ten years, both in the RCSD and in Mexico City, where I lived for five years. I’m excited to be part of a community school at Enrico Fermi School #17, where we place student and family empowerment at the forefront by working to build unity between students, families, our school, our neighborhood, and community members and agencies.

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: