Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

There are some big changes ahead for a local arts organization. 

The board of directors of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is restructuring, trying to provide better focus for the kind of work that group does for the local arts community.

There have already been changes in recent years, including some earlier financial troubles, and the resignation two years ago of its longtime executive director.

Officials from RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum have signed a partnership agreement to work on projects together.

The Dean of RIT's College of Liberal Arts, James Winebrake says the two institutions have worked together for a number of years on an ad hoc basis, and he says by formalizing the partnership, they are making a long-term commitment to work together.

One area the museum and the university may work together is the application of technology and new media to support exhibits, research and other activities at the museum.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the naming of its Principal Viola position starting with the upcoming 2016/17 season and continuing for 15 years.

It will be known as the William L. Gamble Chair, and it honors the legacy and bequest of the late Mr. Gamble a music lover and RPO patron who was also a member of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society and played in the Hoot’n Holler’n Hotshots Band.

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There’s an investigation going on to try and determine how several windows at the Strong Museum’s butterfly garden got damaged.

Officials at the museum and Rochester police are trying to find out who or what damaged eight exterior windows at the Butterfly Garden.

Museum staff discovered the damage Monday morning.

A museum spokesperson says the exhibit has both exterior and interior windows.

None of the interior windows were damaged and the exhibit remains open and fully operational.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP)  The top prize at the 2016 New York Wine and Food Classic competition goes to Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah from the Finger Lakes Region.

The red wine was awarded the Governor's Cup trophy on Wednesday in Watkins Glen. Keuka Spring Vineyards, also from the Finger Lakes, was named Winery of the Year at the event, known as the Oscars of New York wine competitions.

This year's competition included 893 New York wines, 20 hard ciders and 38 craft spirits from the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie regions.

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Blue skies shined over the annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade on East Main Street Saturday morning.

Among those in the parade were Cassandra Lopez and Tia Rivera, the Ms. Puerto Rico of Rochester 2016 Queen and Princess.

16 year old Lopez said she enjoys the festival because it’s a showcase of her culture and gives people a chance to see what their community has to offer. Lopez said the title of Ms. Puerto Rico of Rochester 2016 Queen is quite an honor.

"It’s empowering, it’s good to be involved with the community and I’m happy that I get to be this role model."

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CELORON, N.Y. (AP) — A new statue of Lucille Ball was unveiled in the late actress' hometown on Saturday to replace one that was so hated it was dubbed "Scary Lucy."

Hundreds of fans chanting "Lucy! Lucy!" gathered in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the western New York village of Celoron to watch as the tarp was removed from the statue made by sculptor Carolyn Palmer.

An unflattering version by another artist was banished after detractors started a Facebook campaign named, "We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue."

Event Showcases Talents of Latino Youth

Jul 29, 2016

Traditional dance, poetry and music are just some of the art forms that will featured tonight at an event to recognize and celebrate the talents of Rochester's Latino youth.

Annette Ramos, executive director of the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, says artistic performances have a way of uniting people of different cultures.         

"We've had many times in our audiences, non-Latinos that have said, 'that's exactly my family,' or 'that’s my story,' so it really opens a bridge for understanding and communication."

Hillary Clinton's run for President of the United States has brought an additional focus on women's rights and to the place where those rights got an important boost in the mid 19th and early 20th century.

Clinton already is quite familiar to people at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. They inducted her in 2005; in fact daughter Chelsea made a stop there earlier this year to campaign for her mom.

Organizers of this year's Park Ave Summer Art Festival in Rochester are getting ready for the 40th annual event, to be held the weekend of August 6th and 7th.

One larger-than-life personality being remembered by various officials and those involved with the festival is Jimmy Catalano, the longtime community organizer and florist who died in May after a battle with cancer. He was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Park Avenue.”