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Rochester Downtown Alliance announces recipients of Start-Up Grant for First-Time Events

Release Date: February 12, 2018

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9883

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Rochester Downtown Alliance announces recipients of Start-Up Grant for First-Time Events

ROCHESTER, Minn. --- February 12, 2018 --- The Rochester Downtown Alliance’s (RDA) Downtown Cultural Initiative (DCI) Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of Start-Up Grant funding for events taking place in 2018. 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.

1st Annual Rochester Math Festival - Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00-8:30 pm – Downtown DoubleTree Hotel
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 – Saturday, May 12 from 5:00 – 10:30 pm – Gallery 24
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 – Monday, May 14 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm – Rochester Civic Theatre
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, 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! – Monday, August 20 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm – Peace Plaza
Drums, Please!, organized by the Greater​ ​Rochester​ ​and​ ​Olmsted​ ​County​ ​Arts​ ​Response​ ​Team (G.R.O.C.A.R.T.) celebrates the end of 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.

This grant period, a total of $8,500 will be distributed to these first-time events taking place in Downtown Rochester. More information about these events and the Start-Up Grant program can be found at