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Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 11am-5pm, Thursday 11am-7pm
and Saturday 11am-3pm. Also open by appointment.
Contact us at (585) 243-6785 or info@gvartscouncil.org.


Genesee Valley Council on the Arts maintains an extensive calendar of visual and performing arts events as well as classes and workshops throughout the area. See Calendar


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That Time of Year Again!

GVCA loves recognizing our neighbors, friends and members for the wonderful support they give us. Please consider nominating a Livingston County resident for one of our annual arts awards in either Arts Education, Arts Leadership or Volunteer of the Year. The winners...

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July 4th Schedule

HAPPY JULY 4TH! GVCA and The New Deal Galley will be open Tuesday, July 3rd from 11am-3pm, closed July 4th and reopen for regular gallery hours July 5th, 6th & 7th! Enjoy a happy and safe...

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Please Consider Donating Blood!

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive! Please consider donating your time and blood for this worthy cause! Email Betsy if you are interested in volunteering or to give blood at...

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It’s June!

We can't believe we are already half way through 2018! Here at GVCA we are excited about what's coming up! Reminder: Unfortunately, today, Friday June 1st, GVCA will be closing at 2:30. We will be open during regular gallery hours on Saturday, June 2nd from 11am-3pm....

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Upcoming Events

Writers & Books’ SummerWrite Youth Camp inspired by Frederick Douglass
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm

June FDSW18 (1)

Rochester NY: Writers & Books invites local youth, ages 5-18, to participate in a
number of week-long Frederick Douglass-inspired camps during summer break in
celebration of the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth. Writers & Books will offer
eight, age-appropriate SummerWrite camps that will focus on Douglass’ life and
times as well as social justice issues.

The workshops are:
Who Will Tell Your Story? Is Anybody Listening? (June 25 – 29)
Ages: 12-14
This class explores the historical and cultural underpinnings of the artistic,
scientific, and philosophical contributions made by indigenous American and
African peoples, as well as the diverse contingent of immigrants to our country’s
Afrofuturism and Black Panther (July 2 – 6)
Ages: 12-14
Blend Black Panther-like movie storytelling and writing with your own
interpretation of distinctive African cultures, history, and Sci-Fi fantasy.

Rebels, Leaders, & Innovators (July 9 – 13)
Ages: 5-7
Learn about people like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham
Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, Lou Gehrig, and more by reading age-
appropriate biographies.
Heroes of Social Justice (July 9 – 13)
Ages: 8-11
We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick
Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic
swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more!
Writing the Unexpected: A Fiction Workshop for Writers of Color (July 30 – Aug
Ages: 14 & Up
This class will be comprised of serious and advanced fiction writers of color.
Students will learn how to build strong, complex characters who subvert
stereotypes of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. We will read, write,
and workshop story drafts, examining craft elements.
Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, & Democracy (Aug 6 – 10)
Ages: 14 & Up
Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of
racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion
and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues.
We Breathe Fire: Teen Poetry Slam (Aug 13 – 17)
Ages: Teen
This camp requires two prerequisites for all participants: Open mind. Open heart.
The world is eager to hear you! “A lot of people resist transition and therefore never
allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is;
once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.”
– Nikki Giovanni
Write for Write: A Social Justice Workshop (Aug 13 – 17)
Ages: 14 & Up
Located in Geneseo at the Wadsworth Library
This fiction-writing workshop honors the life of Claire Allen and her humanitarian
legacy. Participants will discuss relevant and urgent social justice issues affecting
local, national, and global communities, study short stories that address those
issues, and help one another write their own stories that illuminate the realities of
these issues. This work will culminate in a public reading intended to raise
awareness and stir discussion that leads to community action to create positive

Writers & Books’ SummerWrite Youth Camp “Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop”
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm

JUN DeafLens18

Rochester NY: This summer, Writers & Books’ youth camp program, SummerWrite,
will be offering a unique workshop specifically for Deaf and hard-of-hearing
students. With instruction from faculty member Stacy Lawrence, students will
create short films inspired by field trips around Rochester that showcase landmarks
specific to our city’s Deaf history. Welcome to “Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop”.

From the camp description: Under the guidance of artists who respect American
Sign Language, twelve young filmmakers will be assigned roles and divided into two
teams, to take their chance to win the Deaf Eyes! Challenge, a friendly competition
that will be judged by distinguished members of the Rochester community at the
end of this workshop.

Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday for Needles as Noon! Bring your fiber project, eat some lunch and have great conversation!

Art Saves Lives – Blood Drive @ Dept of Social Serivces - Auditorium
Jul 17 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2018 Gazebo Concert Series: Groveland Station @ Village Park, Leicester
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Drawing Feelings Workshop @ Dansville ArtWorks
Jul 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

We’ll use mixed media activities to draw feelings. Open to all ages; children must be accompanied by adult. $5 per person includes supplies. Please register in advance at Dansville ArtWorks (open Thursday-Saturday) or call 585.335.4746.

Rollicking Rocking Games & Music @ the Avon Free Library @ Avon Free Library
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Get ready for interactive fun, music, and games for the whole family! Featuring Cathy McGrath of Teakettle Music.

Mini Wood Birdhouse Workshop @ Dansville ArtWorks
Jul 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Decorate a mini wood birdhouse for your home or yard. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person includes supplies. Please register in advance at Dansville ArtWorks (open Thursday-Saturday) or call 535.335.4746.

Community Mosaic Project
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/12/2018 – Today’s workshop will focus on hand making ceramic tiles out of clay.

7/21/2018 – Today’s workshop will focus on glazing ceramic tiles.

8/21/2018 – Today’s workshop will focus on grouting the mosaic.

You’re invited to join us in making a series of collaborative woodland themed mosaic murals for display around Rochester. You’ll learn how to hand make ceramic tiles, glaze tiles, and assemble the final mosaic while making new friends and giving back to the community! Completed mosaics will be part of a touring exhibit around Rochester, NY.

Workshops are facilitated by art therapists Sarah Beren, LCAT and Mark Rodgers, MS at Spotted Rabbit Studio, with support from Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc. Youth ages 5+ and adults with a disability, as well as their caretaker, are welcome to participate. Space is limited. Workshops are FREE to attend.

To learn more about Spotted Rabbit Studio and our programming please visit our website at https://spottedrabbitstudio.com/

Dogfight @ JCC Center Stages
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JCC CenterStage 2018-19 Season
Performance Dates:
Saturday, July 21 at 8pm
Sunday, July 22 at 2pm*
Wednesday, July 25 at 8pm*
Thursday, July 26 at 8pm
Saturday, July 28 at 8pm
Sunday, July 29 at 2pm