Letter: Rochester Civic Theatre collaboration helps send important message

After more than 30 years in Rochester, I have witnessed many examples of collaboration among organizations with shared visions and common goals. One organization that has consistently and generously opened its doors and worked to develop new partnerships has been the Rochester Civic Theatre under the leadership of Executive Director Gregory Stavrou.

Recently, the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) partnered with the theater on "What's Left," an art exhibit on loan from the MaCrostie Gallery in Grand Rapids. The exhibit eloquently illustrates the impact of mental illness and suicide on individuals, families and community.

When we approached Stavrou with our request to hold the exhibit in the Civic Theatre lobby, he didn't hesitate and welcomed us with open arms. Stavrou sees important connections in the world of arts and humanities that others don't always see and has made the Rochester Civic Theatre into a treasured community resource that deserves our support.

Mary Gorfine


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