Thursday, September 02, 2010

Visionaries in Motion Series at RIT

Faculty, Staff and Rochester friends:

RIT’s Gannett Project is pleased to bring you another banner year of interdisciplinary “Visionaries in Motion.” Once again, this year’s slate includes best-selling authors, TEDsters, and MacArthur genius award winners.

With verve and creativity, our visionaries imagine new connections among the sciences, social sciences, technologies and humanities.

All 8:00 p.m. evening talks are followed by Q & A, a reception, book sale and signing. Meet and continue conversation with top speakers!.

We look forward to seeing you, your students and friends! Remember, all events are free and open to the public!

Mary Lynn Broe
Chair, The Gannett Project

Saturday, August 21, 2010


So ... Tomorrow at Ellison Park (Creekside Lodge) ... We will be celebrating Womonstock!

We've got a great line-up of local female artists, a beautiful setting, and (cross yer fingers) a beautiful day! We hope you will come share in an afternoon of art, poetry, music and dance!

Womonstock will be held Come Rain or Come Shine! (: I'm voting for Come Shine and will be doing my anti-rain dance tonight in preparation - wish me luck :)

The suggested donation is $8 per person (but No One will be turned away!) The $8, however, gets you a ticket to win Door Prizes (and goes toward future performances by Sista's Sayin' Somethin' and the multi-media anthology to be titled HER).

At the end of each hour we will be givin away a prize - some of the prizes include: A $25 Mobile Gas card, 2 Movie passes, a $45 Equal Grounds Gift Basket, and a $60 Gift certificate from Inspiritual!

So bring your family & friends, a lawn chair or blanket, and maybe an umbrella (: if you bring it then perhaps the rain will pass us by :)

Please Note: We were unable to get a food vendor so be sure to bring some eats and drinks with you to keep ya hydrated and satiated - We'll supply the entertainment of 28 performances, plus a visual art gallery, live canvas, craft & information vendors!

WOMONSTOCK is family friendly, wheelchair accessible and ASL Interpreted.

Come embrace Art in the Park at WOMONSTOCK!
Thank you for supporting Female ART expression!

A CSWA & EvolutionaryGirls Club production
Culture starts with ART!

Here's The Line-Up

1st Hr: 3-4pm

Jackie Micieli
Laura McSpadden
Shekinah Praise & Dance Ministry
Sanja Royale
Taryn Highsmith
Lori Nolasco
Desert Rhythms

2nd Hr: 4-5 pm

Paulette Swartzfager
Lori Hirtelen
Noah Callahan
Sophie Lamont
Naima Atkins
Jazz the Poet

3rd Hr: 5-6 pm

Laurie McFarlane
Ariana Highsmith
Latasha Langley
Marie Starr
Shana King
Grace Flores
Sword & Scarab

4th Hr: 6-7 pm

Jenna Rossi
Chan McKenzie
Amanda Ashley
Lauren Faggiano

Friday, August 13, 2010


WOMONSTOCK, the HER summer, all female outdoor ART show, put on by CSWA’s (Culture starts with ART!) newest female artist support group, Sista’s Sayin’ Somethin’ (SSS) takes place Aug 22nd, 2010 from 3-7pm.

Join us in this community-wide celebration as we showcase and embrace HER!
WOMONSTOCK is a multi-artist event consisting of poetry, music, visual arts, and movement expression showcasing the Female Artistic Expression of each individual artist’s unique personal interpretation of HER.

It’s ART in the Park: on the lovely grounds of Ellison Park.
WOMONSTOCK, will take place at the Creekside Lodge.

$12 per person (or $8 per person for groups of 3 or more) so be sure to bring as many friends as possible! There will be plenty of room, so come one, come all!!!

This event will also offer various food and craft vendors!

A sneak peak at the line up:
Spoken artists: Lu Highsmith, Marie Starr, Chan McKenzie, young Cayla Dancers: The coulorful Belly dancers of Sword & Scarab Photo & visual art gallery ft: Keli Cahill, and EvolutionaryGirls Club artists Musicians: Amanda Ashley, Lauren Faggiano, AmandaGrace and more to be announced!

Proceeds will go towards SSS's upcoming publication, an anthology of multi-medium performances and projects. Called, you guessed it: HER !

Thank you for your support!
Diane Conway, founder Culture starts with ART!

For more information call Diane Conway at 442-5432 or e-mail CSWA at

Friday, March 12, 2010

HER A Multi-media Women's Art Show

So, those of you I actually have the chance to speak to outside the internet might know I've recently joined a new group called Sistas Sayin' Somethin' and our debut show will be next Saturday (March 20th) at The Flying Squirrel community center.

We hope to promote women artists, both by organizing performances to showcasing women artists and to raise money toward publishing multi-media anthologies with visual, written, and media-based content.

I've included all the information below. Hope to see you there!


HER, an all female ART show debut, is put on by CSWA’s (Culture Starts with ART!) newest female artist support group, Sista’s Sayin’ Somethin’ (SSS).

HER is a multi-medium art show consisting of poetry, music, visual arts, and movement expression. The program showcases the Female Artistic Expression of each individual artist’s unique personal interpretation of HER.

Artists range in age from 10 yrs. and up.

CSWA is an artist’s advocacy group that strives toward world peace and happiness for all humankind through promoting and utilizing the universal language of art.


Sista’s Sayin’ Somethin’ Mission Statement

“To foster the expression of HER, we are defining HER by being HER, without limiting HER.”

Sista’s Sayin’ Somethin’ was formed for the purpose of assisting female artists: 1) to connect through their creativity, and 2) to provide a safe, supportive space in which women and girls can remain true to their unique interpretation of Female Artistic Expression and Craft. By design, SSS also seeks to pave the way for young female artists to explore creativity without judgment.

Please note: SSS is not anti men. Rather, as women artists, we simply desire to be true to our unique individual female expressions.


The seasons mark the earth’s energy cycles. The powerful energy of the SSS's creative endeavors has aligned with the earth's mid-point between the coming of the light on 12/21 and the Summer Solstice in June. As we now approach spring, we awaken and experience renewal, gradually moving from dormancy and introspection to new beginnings and growth.

As such, SSS's culminating project and phenomenal female debut falls on the eve of the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2010 from 8-11pm.

Join us in this community wide celebration as we showcase and embrace HER!


Cornhill hosts this multi-medium ART show, HER, at its new community center, the Flying Squirrel, 285 Clarissa St., and it will be signed interpreted.

(This site does not currently provide wheelchair accessibility)

Cost: suggested donation – a sliding fee of $10-$15 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds).

Proceeds will go towards SSS's upcoming publication, an anthology of multi-medium performances and projects. Called, you guessed it: HER

Culture Starts with ART!
HER is a CSWA production

Co-produced by The EvolutionaryGirls Club

For more information call Diane Conway at 442-5432 or e-mail CSWA at

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pure Kona is back Above-ground!

When: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Where: The Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa Street, Rochester, NY

It's our premiere night for Pure Kona at the Flying Squirrel!

We are happy and proud to bring Pure Kona to here; come on out and help us commence what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership with the Community Space!

For our inaugural premiere show we are presenting Phil A. Herford, an uncommonly Eclectic Electric Violinist, as our first feature... afterwards there will be the standard Open Mic portion of the evening's festivities.

Genesee Reading Series

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Where: Writers and Books
Who: Featuring Steven Huff and Ralph Black

Hosted by Wanda Schubmehl

From Wanda:

February - well, it's winter in Rochester, so you can be pretty sure of interesting weather. You can be completely confident that the Genesee Reading Series this month features two of the area's hottest writers - Steven Huff and Ralph Black. Please join us for a memorable evening!

Steven Huff is the author of two books of poems, most recently More Daring Escapes, and a collection of stories, A Pig in Paris. A Pushcart Prize winner in fiction, and an O. Henry finalist, his poetry has been read on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and been chosen by Ted Kooser for American Life in Poetry. The former host of WXXI’s Fiction in Shorts, he is Director of Adult Education and Programs at Writers & Books, and teaches writing at RIT and the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College.

Ralph Black’s poems have appeared in the West Branch, The Gettysburg Review and 32 Poems, among other journals. He is the recipient of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize from The Massachusetts Review. His first book, Turning Over the Earth, was published by Milkweed Editions. He teaches at SUNY Brockport, where he is Co-Director of the Brockport Writers Forum.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Voices from the NY Auburn Correctional Facility

From Pat Schwartz:

Dear Friends--

Please plan to join us at The Flying Squirrel Community Center at 285 Clarissa St, Rochester, next Sun, Jan 31st, 5 pm through 8 pm, for a special event. Free and open to the public.

We will be honoring the voices of the poets inside Auburn Correctional Facility with whom I have been working as a volunteer for almost nine years in a weekly poetry workshop.

We have had published 2 works: an anthology entitled, Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind: an Anthology from the Inmates' Poetry Workshop of Auburn Correctional Facility, 2001-2009, edited by Schwartz and Roche, foreward by Janine Pommy Vega, from FootHills Publishing and a chapbook, Guerillas in the Mist, and Other Poems, by Michael Rhynes (of Rochester, currently in ACF), Olive Trees Publishing.

Two more chapbooks are in the works, one by Jalil Muntaquim, and one a supplement to the anthology of this year's workshop poems, including some poets not in the anthology, both from Olive Trees, out by June.

Paulette is the emcee and organizer of this event on the 31st; reading from the poems will be myself, John Roche, Lori Nolasco, Paulette Swartzfager, Charlie Cote, Grace Flores, Reenah Goldeen, Jamal Golden, Vincent Golphin, Colleen Powderly, John Mourning, Will Wall, Betty Wynn, and Jerry Dillon.

There will be some soup and other refreshments afterward, then an open mic.

The books will be available for sale for the benefit of the inmates. If you buy a book, an inmate currently in the poetry workshop will receive a free book.. (The group has a lot of new guys now, and several are patiently waiting for their books, which we need to raise funds for, having given out all the books previously paid for by our sales).

Please pass this info on to other friends, and we sincerely hope to see you there!!

If you cannot attend, but would like to purchase books, contact me at

Peace and Poetry, Pat

Itinerant Artist seeking Rochester-area hosts for 2010

Dear Friends,

My Itinerant Artist Project (IAP) – “exchanging art for hospitality across the USA” – turns 10 this year, and I’m celebrating with the first local version of the project, the Greater Rochester Community IAP.

I’m looking for volunteer hosts from diverse backgrounds. And I’m looking for hosts living in a representative range of places, from the rural outskirts of Monroe County to inner city neighborhoods.

This is how the project works: My host or host family puts me up for 2-3 days. During that time I make several small paintings based on the local surroundings. And I give one painting to my host in thanks for the food, lodging, and sociability. At the end I’ll exhibit the resulting artwork. To learn more about my project, check out the links*** at the end of this message, or e-mail me:

Hosting can occur anytime from March-November of 2010. All that is required is space (preferably a spare bedroom) and interest. I may have offers from more places than I can get to, but I would like to hear from anyone who is considering being a host.

If you have received this e-mail, please consider being a host AND please forward this message to anyone you know who might like to be a host. Reaching people I've never heard of is one of the more fun parts of this project.

Thank you! Jim Mott


This interactive blog introduces the 2010 Rochester IAP and will be frequently updated as the project progresses:

My main website with plenty of background info:

The Itinerant Artist Project on the NBC Today Show:

City Newspaper Rebecca Rafferty review of my recent IAP exhibit:

D&C Mark Hare column about my project

Friday, November 13, 2009

This Sunday - Me! At John's Bookstore - Yippee!

From John:

On Sunday, November 15, at 4:00 PM, Marie Star will read a selection of her poems. Marie is a vibrant poetry whose poems reflect the joys and ironies of a well lived life. The poems extol nature and love and provoke the listener/reader to examine life in a personal way. This event is free and open to the public. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. If you have any questions, please respond by email to or phone John at 585-474-4116.