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Rochester Art Center Receives Funding from Minnesota State Arts Board

Rochester Art Center Receives Funding from Minnesota State Arts Board

Rochester Art Center has been awarded more than $57,000 by the Minnesota State Arts Board to support its general operations and arts education programming. The award combines resources from the state’s Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and additional funds that recognize the meritorious nature of the Art Center’s exhibition presentations and diversity outreach in the community.

Artists Spruce Up Downtown Area

Artists Spruce Up Downtown Area

If you've driven through downtown Rochester this week, you may have come across a few people painting random objects in town.

It's not graffiti, it's art.

The Downtown Alliance is kicking off its Color Downtown Project.

Where artists get to jazz up everyday objects such as electrical transformers.

"I want it to be that people driving by are going to just smile. When people come up there's a little bit more detail that you can see. I just want it to be, just, make you smile. That's it,” artist Karen Lequia says.

Painting transformers and utility boxes is only one part of the project.

Artists are also showcasing their work in windows of empty buildings in downtown.

They're also painting murals on several walls in downtown.

New Eye-Popping Mural in Downtown Rochester

New Eye-Popping Mural in Downtown Rochester

You may have noticed an eye-popping sight in downtown Rochester lately. It's part of an initiative to bring more color to the city.

It's a new mural just off South Broadway, near the Rochester Senior Center.

An artist from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts finished it Wednesday. Today crews put on a protective coat.

The Rochester Downtown Alliance says a second mural will be painted soon, along with other colorful pieces.


   

Shakespeare at the Plummer House

Shakespeare at the Plummer House

On Wednesday evening, July 18, 2012, the Friends of Mayowood Residence & Historic Sites will host a festive evening of great theater with actors and staff from the Great River Shakespeare Festival of Winona. The event will feature a live performance excerpted from the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s ninth season.

Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and cash bar by the Canadian Honker, as well as the opportunity to mingle with Festival actors and staff. The historic and beautiful Plummer House, and its grounds, will be open for all to explore. Guests also will be among the first to view the Friends of Mayowood Residence & Historic Sites’ second purchase of original Plummer family furnishings, given to the City of Rochester for display at the Plummer House a few weeks ago.

Tickets are $45 in advance, and additional donations are welcome. All proceeds from this event will support the purchase and conservation of original furnishings for the Plummer House.

Food Festivals Compete to Feed Food Fanatics

Food Festivals Compete to Feed Food Fanatics

If you're a food fanatic you'd better head over to downtown Rochester.

Vendors at Thursdays on First and Third and Rochesterfest are serving up anything from fair food to fish tacos.

It's the only time these two events will overlap this Summer.

Organizers say it's not about competition, but collaboration.

"The more the merrier. It's really that approach and it's the synergy that pulls people in. If you come to downtown Rochester you have so many things that usually go on during the weekends. Now you really have two things that overlap during the week,” Heidi Mestad of the Rochester Downtown Alliance explains.

Both festivals offer a variety of food from opposite corners of downtown.

Thursdays on First will continue every Thursday this Summer.

Rochesterfest runs through this Sunday.

Musical Car Wash

Musical Car Wash

Otherwise Actors, a popular youth performing troupe of Rochester Civic Theatre, brings back Musical Car Wash to Rochester this summer by popular demand. This event is scheduled on July 7th and 14th, starting 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Eastwood Plaza, near Cub Foods and Big Lots in the Southeast Rochester. This is a fundraiser for Rochester Civic Theatre Education Department and all proceeds benefit youth education programs at the Civic Theatre. Last year, Otherwise Actors raised about $1,100 through Musical Car Wash for two days.

Otherwise Actors is one of the Civic Theatre’s youth performing troupe designed for the creative spirit. Members are chosen at an audition and they explore the world of improvisation, commedia, clowning, theatrical movement, classical theater, storytelling, and much more. The works of this group are developed through a collaboration of all members involved.

Thursdays on 1st & 3rd Begins

Thursdays on 1st & 3rd Begins

This year marks the sixth year of Thursdays on first & 3rd Summer Market and Music Festival being branded as such, however a smaller scale market actually began two years prior from passionate volunteers and community members. 

Thursdays on first & 3rd has become a truly authentic community gathering place with a variety of live music featured on two stages, a tasteful spread of outdoor food choices and a vibrant mix of market vendors showcasing art, craft and baked goods products.