JCC CenterStage Play Survivors Captures the Truth of the Holocaust

In 2018, the play Survivors debuted at the Louis S. Wolk JCC of Rochester’s CenterStage. Commissioned by JCC CenterStage Artistic Director Ralph Meranto, and written by playwright Wendy Kout, the play takes the stories of Holocaust survivors, and weaves them … Continued

On Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour at Memorial Art Gallery

On Saturday, March 3, the video installation Lessons of the Hour – Frederick Douglass opened at the Memorial Art Gallery, as part of the museum’s “Reflections on Place” series. I had the good fortune to be there for the discussion … Continued

Carvin Eison on Reenergizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Rallying a city around an initiative is no small undertaking, but when Filmmaker and RCTV General Manager Carvin Eison looked around in 2017 and discovered no consolidated plan for the celebration and commemoration of the 200th Birthday of Frederick Douglass, … Continued

Mr. Rogers, Art, and Finding Light at the Tunnel’s End

#ArtMakesADifference I recently saw the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville. The film is about Educational Children’s Television legend and mastermind  Fred Rogers, the creator of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I admit to crying during this film, but … Continued