The closing of the SEMVA Art Gallery last month, along with rising real estate values and rents, has many people, including artists, asking: What's the future for arts organizations, galleries and performance space in downtown Rochester?

The question is especially relevant as the future use of the now city-owned Chateau Theatre is being worked out and with Destination Medical Center planners shifting into overdrive to show results this year.

Several arts leaders and advocates will come together at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at our next Post-Bulletin Dialogue for conversation about the future of the arts downtown. Managing Editor Jay Furst will moderate the informal, 90-minute talk in the Rochester Public Library auditorium.

Joining the conversation will be Andy Westreich, of SEMVA; Bari Amadio, CEO of the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust; Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking for DMC's Economic Development Agency; Megan Johnston, Rochester Art Center executive director; Gregory Stavrou, Rochester Civic Theatre executive director; Audrey Betcher, Rochester Public Library director; Steve Schmidt, executive director of the city's music department; and a surprise guest or two.

Post-Bulletin Dialogue meetings are free and informal Q&A sessions with audience members about issues in the news. They're videotaped and posted on the library website, and this one will be livestreamed on Postbulletin.com. If you have a question or comment and can't attend, go to the Furst Draft blog at Postbulletin.com.

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