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

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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

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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

Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm

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

One World Music @ Avon Free Library @ Avon Public Library
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bring your family for an afternoon of instruments, songs, and stories from around the world. This event is part of Avon Free L Library’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock!
Ceramics Workshop: Sculpting the Face @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ceramics Workshop: Sculpting the Face: Wednesday, July 25th, 5-7pm

In this introductory level workshop, participants will learn the proportions of the face in three dimensions, and practice by creating a quick self-portrait. Open to all skill levels and ages. All materials are provided. Please register by July 23rd by downloading a registration form (below). Please email it to melissa@gvartscouncil.org or mail it to GVCA 4 Murray Hill Drive Mount Morris NY 14510. We hope you will join us!

The Instructor: Melissa Moody, GVCA Program Coordinator
Cost: Members: $25 / Nonmembers: $30

2018 Gazebo Concert Series: Old Hippies @ Village Park, Leicester
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm
Open Mic Performing Arts Series @ Dansville ArtWorks
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

July’s Open Mic Performing Arts Series features jazz band Odd Combination. Following their performance, audience members are welcome to participate in with family friendly open mic presentations. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public; donations welcome.

From the Earth
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

From the Earth celebrates rural living around the hills of Alfred, New York. It is a one day event that promotes our connections to the land in meaningful, creative, sustainable, and educational ways. Visit seven locations offering talks and workshops on the subjects such as gardening, pottery, cheese making, timber framing, nature poetry, weaving, natural dyeing, and fiber arts. This eleventh annual will have an impressive total of fourteen presentations led by knowledgeable experts who have volunteered their time for this free event. From the Earth is family friendly and created with a labor of love and respect for the Earth.
Have a “passport” signed at four or more locations and enter to win a gift basket of goodies donated by From the Earth participants.
Flyers with map can be obtained on or before the event at:
Tinkertown Hardware, 833 State Rt. 244, Alfred Station, NY
Or, go to “About” at www.facebook.com/FromtheEarth

Christmas in July @ Dansville ArtWorks
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

It’s never too early to start with holiday decorations! Various Christmas-themed paper crafts. For 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.

Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm

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

2018 Gazebo Concert Series: Tombstone 45 @ Village Park, Leicester
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm
Yoga with Jo Kirk @ GVCA
Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts YOGA Course Offering: August 2018

Joanna (Jo) Kirk, RYT-200

Title/Description: Yoga for All

All levels, beginners welcome

Whether you are just beginning a yoga practice or have been practicing for many years, you are welcome to join this class to share the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a safe, supportive yoga practice for all levels.

While the focus will be on yoga postures (asana), the class will also incorporate breathing techniques (pranayama), visualization (dharana) and short meditations (dhyana).

Classes will run on Thursdays, 4:30–5:45pm, August 2 through 23

Price for this four-week session: $40.00

To register:

call the Genesee Valley Arts Council (GVCA) at (585) 243-6785

or call or text Jo at (585) 413-6898

or go to http://gvartscouncil.org/schedule-classes/, download and complete the class registration form, and email it to info@gvcarts.org

Limited Space – Sign Up Early! Maximum Number of Students per Class is 8

Studio location: #4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt Morris NY

Park behind the building, follow signs for the “New Deal Art Gallery,” and take stairs to the second-floor “movement room”

About the instructor: Jo Kirk, a professor at SUNY Geneseo, began her yoga practice as a student of Ruth Ann at the GVCA in 2012. This June, Jo completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training under Ruth Ann and two other yoga teachers at Shakti Yoga Studio in Geneseo.

Music In The Park – Steel Alchemy Community Steel Band @ West Sparta Town Park
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ted Canning and Steel Alchemy

A free concert of calypso, reggae and Caribbean pop music played on steel drums in the West Sparta park pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic supper (picnic tables are available) and enjoy and evening of good music and good company.

Basic Enameling Workshop @ GVCA
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and learn the basics to enameling with various techniques using milleflori, stringers and various colors to create your own designs and take home a piece of jewelry using the powdered enamel. There is a $5 refundable tool deposit and all other supplies and materials are included. Maximum number of students is 10, so sign up quickly, it is sure to fill up! Please register by May 17 by going to http://gvartscouncil.org/schedule-classes/ and downloading a registration form, then please email it to betsy@gvartscouncil.org or mailing it to GVCA 4 Murray Hill Drive Mount Morris NY 14510.
Instructor: Pam Hill
Members: $35
Nonmembers: $40

Chalk Walk and ArtsFest 2018 @ Dansville ArtWorks
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Chalk Art, Live Music, Art Exploration all to be enjoyed at our FREE family-friendly downtown festival in its seventh year. Everything starts at Dansville ArtWorks, 153 Main Street, Dansville.
Register to participate in Chalk Walk 101 by July 28 and help us chalk 101 feet of sidewalk. Free chalks for all participants.
View juried chalk artists creating their own unique pieces in real time for this year’s festival!
Explore art in our mini-workshops at ArtWorks 11am-2pm.
Enjoy live music 11am-2pm. Bring your chair and spend the day.
Main Street will be closed between Clara Barton and Ossian Streets. Please use public parking lots.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.

Fiddler’s Picnic @ Long Point Park
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

A day of old time folk and country musical performances on a stage under the pavilion, rain or shine! Featuring, The Conesus Cabin Music School, The Brothers Blue, Travis Prinzi Band, Anastazja, Pat Kane with West o’Clare, The Chercroppers with Joe Dady, String of Pearls, and The Skiffle Minstrels. Parking & Admission Free. Bring your picnic baskets, coolers & lawn chairs. Concessions & barbecue chicken by Geneseo Kiwanis.

Needles at Noon! @ Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm

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