Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Arts And Culture

Senator Robach Takes Part in Puerto Rican Parade

On Saturday, July 31, Senator Robach took part in the Puerto Rican Parade in downtown Rochester. The parade started at Liberty Pole Way and ended at Frontier Field, the site of the Puerto Rican Festival, which ran from July 30th until August 1st. The theme for this year's parade was Recordando Nuestros Pueblos (Remembering our Hometowns). For more information on the Puerto Rican Festival, click here.

Unveiling the Three-Panel Mural on the Erie Canal in Greece

On Monday, September 20th, 2010, the Greece Chamber of Commerce dedicated a new kiosk and three-panel mural underneath the Elmgrove Road bridge at Henpeck Park in Greece. The mural, located on the Erie Canal, was designed by artist Stacey Kirby and depicts three stages of the canal in Greece. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held as a part of World Canals Conference, which is taking place through Thursday this week. Events are scheduled for Spencerport, Brockport, Pittsford, Fairport, Bushnell's Basin and Buffalo.

"Sweet House!" Announced at Nazareth College

On Thursday, October 14, the Rochester Children's Theatre unveiled their newest musical, "Sweet House!". Based on the story of Hansel and Gretel, the musical will use the story's theme to show children how to make better choices and help fight childhood obesity. Senator Robach joined Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, and Senator Jim Alesi in a performance at the press conference.

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Grants Awards Ceremony

On Friday, March 4th, Senator Robach spoke at a ceremony where grants were awarded through the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. Senator Robach had the privilege to announce recipients of the grants and congratulate those in attendance for their award.Senator Robach is pictured with Yorgos Kouritas (left), Mike Allentoff of Brighton Symphony Orchestra (center), and Sarah Lentini of the the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

Greece Athena Middle School Director Honored Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

On Friday, March 4th, Greece Athena Middle School opened up its production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Prior to the first show of the weekend, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Artistic Director Carl Wager. Wager is retiring after a 39-year career of a teacher and director. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' continues Friday March 11th at 7:30 and Saturday March 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center.

Tartan Day 2011 Celebration

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.

2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Unveiling

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at the unveiling of the offical poster for the 2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival. The unveiling was held aboard the Mary Jemison boat, which will be used as a shuttle for this weekend's festival. The 2012 Corn Hill Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th. For more information on the festival, visit Great job by artist Lisa Robinson on this year's poster!

Cutting the Ribbon on Art Walk Expansion Project

On Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Art Walk Extension and Enhancement Project. The project reconstructs University Avenue from North Goodman Street to Union Street by replacing aging streets and sidewalks. The portion unveiled today runs east to west on University Avenue from Goodman Street to Union Street, and north to south on Goodman Street from Village Gates to the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

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Front & Center: The Campaign for Geva

Earlier today, I joined officials from Geva Theatre to announce its newest fundraising efforts, Front & Center the Campaign for Geva. This $10 million Capital Campaign will help renovate and remodel the historic Geva Theatre building in Downtown Rochester. We're fortunate to have an artistic organization of Geva's caliber in our community, this campaign will help ensure it is here for years to come. For more information on this capital campaign visit,

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