A Different Sort of 40 Hours

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A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here A Different Sort of 40 Hours I’ve […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Ann Lowe (16)

We are pleased to spotlight Ann Lowe in day sixteen of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Ann Lowe is the the first notable Black American Designer. Lowe learned her craft in her family’s custom dress shop in Alabama and then moved to Florida in 1916, where she […]

Why Black History Month is Necessary & Vital

“In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. But we don’t live in one.” With stories of racial profiling still making national headlines, Haiti being referred to as a “shithole” country by the the nation’s current sitting president, and Africa being oft referred to as a country (it’s a continent); it’s painfully obvious […]

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 […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Jaden Hayes

We are pleased to spotlight Jaden Hayes a Workforce Development Intern co-creator of the Urban Architecture Tour How old are you? JH: I am sixteen years old Where were you born? JH: I was born here is Rochester What do you like to do in your free time? JH: In my spare time I like […]

A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week

Dear Community, Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we celebrated 540WMain’s one year anniversary back on June 16, 2017 and plan to celebrate this milestone this Saturday August 26th from 4-7 PM I’m super excited to celebrate this Saturday with great vendors, good food, friends, and community. All week long keep […]

A Wednesday Word from The Director | One Day At A Time

Dear Community, Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe a whole week has passed since I last came to you. The summer is flying by and boy does it feel like summer. Sunshine, humidity, sweat dripping down your brow, ice cold water, fireflies… Don’t you love Rochester summer? It goes just as quick as it arrives so […]

Special Announcement Wednesday Word | 2017 Workforce Development, Entrepreneur College Preparatory Internship

I am pleased to announce The 2017 Workforce Development, Entrepreneur & College Preparatory Internship Program The summer 2017 cohort started orientation yesterday here at 540WMain Community Learning Academy. This summer marks the second year of our unique summer internship which is a collaboration between 540WMain Community Learning Academy & Rochester Works Summer Youth Employment Program. This […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Carly Wise-Levick

  We are pleased to feature Carly Wise-Levick in our latest Community Educator Spotlight About Carly Carly Wise-Levick is a money saving guru, blogger, & entrepreneur, who has almost two decades of experience saving money.  She has taught classes for colleges, nonprofits and community groups, teaching people how to save money.  A true couponing queen, […]

Special Announcement | Black Women Roc! Campaign

We are thrilled to announce our June Black Women Roc! Campaign Today is the official launch of our June Black Women Roc! Campaign All month long 540WMain.org will spotlight the accomplishments of local black women who are effecting change in our community. Additionally, the center will feature classes and programming taught by black women (and […]

March Positivity at 540WMain | Community Thank You

Dear Community, I like to give my sincerest thanks and gratitude for the tremendous support that 540WMain has received throughout the month of March. So far, the center has been bustling with truly unique and one of a kind events that have out a spotlight on the center’s core mission; connecting and providing Greater Rochester […]