Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

Bringing words and people together

Writers & Books can be a generative center for people, breaking down barriers and widening the circle, says Alison Myers, the organization’s new executive director. She shares her vision for the nonprofit with Rochester Beacon Senior Editor E.C. Salibian.

Appreciating our lilacs, in 7 photos and 10 facts

In 1898, some 3,000 people gathered in Highland Park to smell lilacs planted by famed horticulturist John Dunbar. Today, a half-million people take part in the 10-day Rochester Lilac Festival. Here are some things you may not know about these beautiful and fragrant symbols of renewal and love.

Lessons of the Hour: a review

Isaac Julien’s video installation tells a visually splendid story, but doesn’t ground Douglass in his marriage, his children, his Blackness. It evades the hideousness and savagery of bondage and forced labor, in order to construct mythic imagery.

Centering ourselves

Women of color in the arts and culture sector are leaders. Just because the mainstream arts community has not recognized this reality with jobs, funding, awards and other forms of professional recognition does not mean it isn’t so.

A plight years in the making

The Rochester Historical Society’s finances have been spiraling downward, imperiling its collections. The chief causes: misguided self-reliance and difficulty adapting to modern fundraising realities.

Rochester’s imperiled heritage

The Rochester Historical Society, home of artifacts that tell the community’s stories, is in danger of losing these treasures.