Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The Rochester area has made a top-20 list of organizations being recognized for their support of the arts.

The list is put out by the National Center for Arts Research, part of Southern Methodist University, and it publishes what it calls an annual Arts Vibrancy Index.

The Rochester metro area ranks number 19 on the list of the top 20 most ‘arts vibrant’ large communities (population over 1 million). The total survey  ranks more than 900 communities.

National Park Service

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State is planning to commemorate this year's 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal with a series of major events along the waterway.

The state Canal Corp. announced Thursday that it will host three premier events in Waterford, at the canal's eastern terminus; Lockport, near the waterway's western end; and Rome in central New York, where construction began on July 4, 1817.

Dr. Neil Sheier

This spring, a plaque will be unveiled to proclaim that an early 20th century synagogue in Rochester's northeast quadrant is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

B'nai Israel is where hundreds of Jewish immigrants once worshiped when Joseph Avenue was a bustling commercial corridor.

A local group of business, cultural and community leaders has been working for several years to renovate the more than 11,000 square foot building and use it as a performing arts center.

WXXI photo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The New York State Canal System is getting a spring cleanup.

More than 100 volunteer cleanup events have been scheduled Friday through Sunday along the 524-mile (843-kilometer) canal system and its trails.

The cleanup weekend is organized by Parks & Trails New York, a nonprofit group working with the New York State Canal Corporation.

New York's canal system dates back 200 years to the founding of the Erie Canal. The system runs from Buffalo to Albany and into northern New York.

New security policy at this year's Lilac Festival

Apr 19, 2017
Alex Crichton

This year's Lilac Festival will feature a new entrance policy, requiring anyone 16 years old or younger to be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult over 21 year or older.

Monroe County Parks Director Larry Staub outlined the new program, as organizers unveiled the Lilac Poster for 2017, marking the official countdown to the annual event.

"What better way to encourage family participation and ensure a family-friendly event than to implement this parental escort policy," he said.

Rochester Rhinos prepping for home opener Saturday

Apr 18, 2017
Alex Crichton

The owners of the Rochester Rhinos are getting ready for another season of soccer at Capelli Sports Stadium in the city.

This season marks the second for owners David and Wendy Dworkin, and they say year one was a very expensive learning experience, but they are ready for the new season.

"We spent a year getting food and beverage taken care of, working on getting our staff to go, we obviously had a lot of field improvements at the stadium. It's a very long process and there's no off season in sports." David Dworkin said

Animal Adventure Park/Facebook

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby in upstate New York has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history. 

YouTube says April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012. 

Monroe County Exec. & Seneca Park Zoo/Twitter

The widely-watched birth of a giraffe at a facility near Binghamton on Saturday also brought comments from Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Larry Sorel the director of the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.

The officials announced that they plan on welcoming three giraffes to the zoo next summer, one male and two females. There will be ground breaking on the exhibit this year.

Dinolfo and Sorel say there will be opportunities to be “up close and personal” with the animals, and the ability to feed them both outside in the summer and at an indoor facility in the winter.


HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — And baby makes glee.

Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room.

George Eastman Museum

Another phase of renovations is scheduled to begin at the George Eastman Museum this summer.

Starting in June, construction will begin on the east porch of George Eastman's historic home. The floor of the porch will be replaced, as well as its roof.

"And it's a flat roof, of course, so water will pool there so it will be replaced," said Kathy Connor, curator of the Eastman Legacy Collection. "And then all the spindles, the balustrades that make the decorative feature around that roof, will be replaced. And then of course, everything will be primed and painted."