FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2005

For more information:

Press contact: Doug Rice at (585) 256.3336

Public contact: (585) 234-6670

ARTWalk Seeks Artists and Performers for September Event

Rochester, NY –ARTWalk is coming Alive again in the Neighborhood of the Arts on Sunday, September 18, 2005.    Individual artists, dancers, musicians, dance companies, poets, music ensembles and collaborations are all invited to apply to perform.  Twenty (20) performances will take place at different sites on University Avenue as part our fifth annual ARTWalk Alive! celebration. Competitions are open to all residents of the eight-county Greater Rochester Area.

ARTWalk Alive!  also features music, art displays, prizes and activities for kids and families. "ARTWalk events are extremely popular with people of all ages from all over the Rochester area," says Rice.

Informational meetings will be held Wednesday, April 27 and Wed, June 1 at 7PM at Writers & Books, located at 740 University Avenue.

Applications are invited for the following categories:

 1. Music: Music on the Block

All styles of musical expression, both instrumental and/or vocal, composed and/or improvised, are encouraged, including, but not limited to, classical, pop/rock, folk, jazz, contemporary. Musicians may also apply for other performance opportunities at ARTWalks' "Muse-a-Thon" on June 11, and the Saturday Summer Music Series on ARTWalk.

 2.Dance: Dances on the Avenue

All forms of creative movement expressions are encouraged, including but not limited, to contemporary, ethnic, ballet, tap, folk, or non-traditional dance.

3. Spoken Word: Word on the Street

All forms of creative spoken expressions are encouraged, including, but not limited to, poetry, storytelling, individual or ensemble performance or “slam” poetry, rap, and short dramatic presentations. Pieces may have rhythmic or musical accompaniment, but the word art should be dominant.

4. Visual Arts: Artist at Work

All forms of creative visual art are encouraged, including but not limited to, painting, drawing, caricatures, sculpture, computer, ceramics, sidewalk artists, installation artists, film, collage, jewelry.  Collaborations are encouraged.

A group of independent jurors, made up of residents, business owners and arts professionals, will review submissions for all submissions, which must be received by Friday, June 17 at 4PM.

Other opportunities are available for ARTWalks' June 11 "Muse-a-Thon", where artists will line the street showing their work and musical groups line the route. Student art will also be displayed.

Application and guidelines can be downloaded from www.rochesteraARTWalk.org.  or picked up at the Edward Jones office at 730 University Ave. or the South East Area Coalition at 1045 South Clinton Ave.

ARTWalk is an interactive urban outdoor museum on University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts. ARTWalk’s mission is to foster, create and maintain a distinctive public walkway connecting art destinations and cultural centers in the neighborhood, in order to provide an environment that encourages increased exposure to a variety of artistic experiences and build community.

ARTWalk has received the Common Good Planning Center’s “Uncommonly Good” award and the US Conference of Mayors “2003 City Livability Award.”

For more information, visit www.rochesterARTWalk.org, call (585) 256-3336 or email ARTWalk@rochesterARTWalk.org

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