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Future of arts downtown is Dialogue topic

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The closing of the

SEMVA Art Gallery last month

, along with rising real estate values and rents, has many people asking, including artists: 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 Jere Lantz,CEO and music director of the

Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale



Post-Bulletin Dialogues 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

. If you have a question or comment and can't attend, go to the

Furst Draft blog


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