Douglas Rice, Executive Director

ARTWalkPhone: (585) 256-3336


ARTWalk Comes Alive on September 14th!
Annual festival features performances, children’s activities, raffle and “Front Loader Fantasia”

September 9, 2003, Rochester, NY- University Avenue will close from 12-4 on Sunday, Sept. 14 from Atlantic Ave. to Elton St. for partying on the Avenue. Dancers, musicians and poets will perform at various sites on University Avenue as part of ARTWalk's third annual celebration, “ARTWalk Alive!” Featured attractions include:

“Dances on the Avenue” featuring performances of Dance performances range from modern dance to African dance to belly dancing.  The audience walks or dances, led by dancing docents, from stage to stage to enjoy the performances

Musical performances by “Buskers on the Block” ranging from Appalachian and funk to the blues, jazz, and improvisation.  "Buskers,” a term used in its broadest sense to describe street performers, refers to the musicians who will perform at different locations along ARTWalk Alive!

Culture Build Communities Dedication: Mayor William A. Johnson; John Dansler, Vice President and Regional Manager, Citibank; and Sarah E. Lentini, Executive Director, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester will dedicate ARTWalk LAMP Project. Community members and artists collaborated to enhance the environment along ARTWalk with mosaics on street light poles. Mayor William Johnson will also accept the 2003 US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award at a ceremony at 2:00 pm at the Writers & Books stage.

Children’s activities include Seneca Park Zoo’s Zoomobile, Sun Prints sponsored by George Eastman House and Rochester Museum & Science Center presenting “Bubble Fun: The Art & Science of Soap Bubbles”.

Food will be available for purchase from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Starry Nights Café, Edibles, the Corner Store, Snapple and Canaltown Roasters.

Purchase raffle tickets to win works by local artists, including Mark Groaning, Paul Harp, Eric Taylor and Nancy Gong. Advance sale tickets available at Starry Nights Café, Edibles, Craft Company No. 6, and The Elizabeth Collection.

Grand Finale: “Front Loader Fantasia” Front Loaders for the City of Rochester’s public works department join dancers in this one-of-a-kind dance choreographed by Thomas Warfield.

For more information on ARTWalk Alive! Call (585) 234-6670 or visit us online at

Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Vesna at (585) 244-7405 ext. 12


ARTWalk is an interactive, living museum in continual progress along University Avenue.  ARTWalk runs between the Memorial Art Gallery and the George Eastman House.  The museum now operates as an independent non-profit museum, which acquires and maintains art works that celebrate the spirit of the community.  ARTWalk also holds events and programs to encourage members of the eight-county Rochester area to enjoy and participate in the arts. ARTWalk is the 2003 recipient of the US Conference of Mayors "City Livability" award and the Common Good Planning Centers' "Uncommonly Good" award.