Neighborhood of the Arts
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In the Neighborhood of the Arts, converted factories house studios for artists and dancers. Post-war apartment buildings, multifamily Victorians and charming cottages line the area’s many side streets. In the middle of it all is Memorial Art Gallery at 500 University Ave. Known for a comprehensive collection spanning 50 centuries, the museum hosts traveling exhibitions and operates a popular gift shop and restaurant, plus the Clothesline Arts Festival in September. Next door, School of the Arts offers student and community performances in music and theater. (Actor Taye Diggs and musician Tweet are alumni.)
Take a stroll down University and check out ArtWalk, Rochester’s outdoor interactive art museum. The award-winning streetscape features sidewalk imprints, artistic benches, tiled light poles, sculptures and bus shelters from MAG to George Eastman House. Nearby are the Visual Studies Workshop gallery and MFA program and Village Gate Square, a converted factory housing restaurants, shops, offices and public art. Next door at Anderson Alley Artists, some 40 artists share three floors in an old manufacturing building. Artists open their studios to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month from October to June. They work on bookbinding, jewelry, mixed media, painting, ceramics and more. Writers & Books, the region’s literary center on University Avenue, keeps a calendar jammed with readings and classes in—you guessed it—writing and literature. A cultural center called MuCCC provides a setting for community theater and other events in a former Arts and Crafts church.
Live music: Starry Nites Café