December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald

We are pleased to spotlight our December Artist of the Month Allison McDonald About Allison McDonald Allison McDonald is a 23 year old photographer from Rochester, NY. She recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Studio Art and concentration in photography. She plans on going to graduate school for Art Therapy in the near […]

Community Volunteer Spotlight | Jianna Howard

We are pleased to spotlight Jianna Howard our newest Community Volunteer About Jianna Howard Jianna graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport this past May after earning a Bachelors of Science. She is currently working as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship and is placed at Jefferson Family Medicine. As […]

Rochester Makers Gift Shop Business Spotlight | Jess Kreiser Illustration

We are pleased to feature Jess Kreiser of Jess Kreiser Illustration as our second Business spotlight in the Rochester Makers Gift Shop summer vendor series About Jess Kreiser Illustration Jessica Kreiser is an artist and founder of Jess Kreiser Illustration. Inspired by nature, food, stories and animals Jessica creates stunning hand illustrated cards and prints. […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Tiara Downs

We are pleased to spotlight Tiara Downs a Workforce Development Intern & co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? TD: I am eighteen years old. Where were you born? TD: I was born here in Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? TD: In my free time I […]

A Thankful Word from the Director | Fall Tour Series Kickoff

Dear Community, My body isn’t cooperating on this Friday in fact, I’ve spent all day in bed in full recovery mode one day before our Anniversary Celebration. (Yikes!) So is the life of a chronic spoonie but fortunately my heart is full of joy and thankfulness. The intern’s display of black youth magic last night […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Fast Times & Tour Guides

Dear Community, This week’s word will be super quick. We are in the thick of practicing and planning for tomorrow’s Back to the Past Urban Art Architecture Tour kickoff event. I promise that next week’s word will be more in depth.  I am so proud of the interns and the work that they have put […]

Artist of the Month Spotlight | Lavonne Barfield

We are happy to have Lavonne Barfield at the 540WMain Artist of the Month LaVonne D. Barfield is a native to Rochester, NY and has been involved in  creative arts her whole life. She is a gifted multifaceted artist who has a heart for the youth of this city.LaVonne is a graduate of Wilson Magnet […]