Community Design Center News                                                               August 2020
July's PLACEMAKING 101 Webinar

Thank you to all who joined last month's PLACEMAKING 101 webinar which used Rochester's Inner Loop initiatives to show the importance of community engagement in transportation projects. We had over 120 live attendees and the most active participation of the new series yet! Special shout-out to C4 Center City Community Coalition and Hinge Neighbors for co-hosting.

Join us for the next one!

Moving Rochester Forward
September 9, 2020 | 12:00PM

The next installment of our PLACEMAKING 101 webinar series features Dorraine Kirkmire and Kevin Kelley from the City of Rochester Planning Department! They will explain what went into Rochester's 2034 Comp Plan and how they intend to implement its features.
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Photo Credit: NYSCA
Community Design Center Rochester is one of 49 NYS arts organizations to receive federal COVID-19 relief funds

We are excited to announce that the Design Center was selected for a NYSCA NEA CARES Grant! These grants of $10,000 each are being given to arts organizations "with budgets of less than $1.5 million and which have a proven track record of essential contributions to their communities," to help face the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. "Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, these grants will cover salaries and supplemental benefits, fees for artists and other contracted personnel, and operational facilities costs, including rent and utilities payments." We are thankful to NYSCA for their ongoing support of our work and this additional generosity.

 See the full list of recipients and learn more about the fund here.

Photo Credit: Arian Horbovetz, The Urban Phoenix
A Greater Purpose

"Rochester's premier public artist, community advocate and humanitarian Shawn Dunwoody, in concert with city leadership sprung into action, painting the entire MLK Park space black and providing a limitless supply of chalk for those who want to visit and make a statement about institutionalized racism in our city and society." Read more of Arian Horbovetz's article here.


Design As Protest National Call

Join Design As Protest (DAP) for their next National Call to learn about the BIPOC organizing work of the last two months, ways you can become involved, and the exciting actions DAP has planned for the fall. DAP is the organized action of Colloqate's Design Justice Platform; it is a Black-led organizing effort, in solidarity with the #mvmt4blklives, to marshal creative design strategies to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as a tool of oppression. Register for the August 19th call here.


Current Events Articles from

Photo Credit: David Ryder, Getty Images
"While this kind of reform may seem in the purview of criminal justice policymakers, the planners lay out in a letter to the American Planning Association how neighborhoods that were racially segregated by a range of planning policies have become further denigrated by police violence and harassment of Black people - and that planners have done little historically to help change this dynamic." Read more.
"In April, CityLab asked readers to share homemade maps of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The more than 400 maps we received are so many windows into what people around the globe have experienced through this extraordinary crisis, as well as its sprawling social consequences." View the maps.
See what our friends are doing:

Mon. August 10 - Tues. August 11 | The Cub Room, 739 South Clinton Ave (take-out)

Remember Greentopia's annual Dinner on the Bridge fundraiser for their youth workforce development program? This year, they're taking it OFF the bridge. While continuing to support the organization in these socially-distanced times, you'll get to experience all the flavors you would have - in the comfort of your own home (or wherever you choose). Featuring goodies from The Cub RoomLaughing Gull Chocolates, and Java's Cafe.

Sat. August 8 | 10:00AM-1:00PM | Macyville Woods Nature Preserve, Sodus Point, NY

Join a special volunteer work party! You will first pick delicious Japanese Wineberries and native blackberries, then remove the invasive Wineberry plants from the Preserve to open up space for native species. Please dress appropriately and wear a mask. Register now!
Thurs. August 20 | 3:00PM-5:00PM | 1000 Island Cottage Road, Greece, NY
Help cut brush from overgrown trails and remove tree tubes from young trees that no longer need them at the Island Cottage Woods preserve. Please dress appropriately, bring a water bottle, and wear a mask. Register now!