The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) annually looks for new partners to help continue making Downtown Rochester a vibrant place. The Start-Up Grant is designed to help first–time events come to fruition, while additionally bringing excitement to Downtown and enriching the community of Rochester and its residents. If you are organizing a first-time event consider applying for the Start-up Grant.
Contact Karli McElroy, RDA Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-216-9883
Organized by the Rochester Math Club, Math Fest will take place on National Pi Day and feature a keynote speech by 3-time TED talk speaker and world-famous mathematician, Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a math competition, and a variety of math-related family-friendly activities. Admission is free and open to the public.
Paint Off, coordinated by Gallery 24 President and local artist Cassandra Buck is an art competition which will showcase 6 artists painting a given theme under pressure of limited time and a live audience. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists by a panel of judges. Additionally, attendees will be encouraged to participate in a public art project outside Gallery 24. Admission is free and open to the public.
US TOO is an event devoted to the issue of sexual misconduct, assault, and the voices of people who have experienced it. Topics will be expressed through visual art, videography, spoken word, storytelling, and music. US TOO is organized by Regina Mustafa of Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam, Dawn Sanborn, and Pam Whitfield. Organizers say the goal of this event is to promote healing, question assumptions, combat victim shaming, and further discussion between communities in our region. This will be a free event, but pre-registration is encouraged.
Drums, Please!, organized by the Greater Rochester and Olmsted County Arts Response Team (G.R.O.C.A.R.T.) helps end summer on the Peace Plaza with experience that goes beyond the traditional after-work event. Drums, Please! will feature local high school drumlines, a community picnic, an “angry hour”, and summertime games. Admission is free and open to the public.