Pamela Hugdahl began her role as the Rochester Art Center’s executive director in June after serving as the administrative director at the Port Washington Saukville Arts Council in Port Washington, Wis. The art center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts. It currently has four exhibitions open to the public during this time of physical distancing and is working on activating all areas of the building with art. The organization is building relationships with past and future community partners, and emphasizing inclusivity and diversity in its admission procedures, programs, and board and staff development.
The Rochester Art Center (RAC) is an essential community asset and the local hub for culture, innovation, and creativity driven through contemporary art.
We sat down with Executive Director Brian Austin, who has been in his role since January 2018, to learn more about his priorities for the organization and why he thinks the Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative will encourage more collaborations for the community.
Did you know that your entire DNA – or genome – is the same as 99.9 percent of the people around you? It’s that 0.1 percent difference that makes you unique.
Learn more about the human genome at the Rochester Art Center when “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” opens on June 23 in Rochester, Minnesota. This unique exhibit originally debuted in 2013 at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Since then, it has taken up residence in cities throughout the country as a traveling exhibit.
2016 brought a multitude of new ideas and excitement to downtown Rochester with the temporary installation of 16 prototypes at the first ever PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival.
The idea of prototyping is not new, but it is new to Rochester.
Since the September festival, which addressed “Health and the Built Environment,” the community is beginning to see more examples of urban prototyping taking place.
PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival takes place from September 15 to 17, and each day is filled with activities, entertainment, and – of course – the 16 prototypes and engagement with the Makers who built them. There will also be food and beverage available for purchase each day.
Here is the schedule of events:
This September, the landscape of downtown Rochester will take on a new look when sixteen larger-than-life urban prototypes are put into place.
PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival will take place from Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17. The event is a collaboration of Destination Medical Center, the Rochester Art Center, and the Rochester Downtown Alliance and is a unique effort to engage local designers, artists, and community members in remaking of some of Rochester’s public spaces.
Join us at the Rochester Art Center (RAC) to get a behind-the-scenes look at projects for the The PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival.
Maker’s Night workshops will be held every Thursday evening in August and early September and will feature a roster of local experts, including architects, urban planners, artists, landscape designers, engineers, marketing gurus, technical experts, and engineers.
PlaceMakers teams will have the opportunity to use the RAC’s extensive inventory of woodworking machinery, tools, meeting spaces, production areas, project support, and WiFi to help complete their projects for the Sept. 15-17 festival.
Rochester community members were given sneak peek of the 16 projects that will be on display during
the 2016 PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival in September.
The projects range from the clever, including a rocking chair for multiple people, to the practical, like brightly colored bike paths that are meant to make bikers safer in downtown Rochester.
Patrick Seeb, Destination Medical Center’s director of economic development and placemaking, says all the projects exemplify DMC’s broader goal of helping Rochester become America’s City for Health.
Colorful crosswalks and a collective rocking chair are just two of the 16 installation finalists named this week for the PlaceMakers Rochester Prototyping Festival.
The entire list of projects was announced at Thursdays on 1st earlier today by DMC’s Economic Development Director Patrick Seeb.
The downtown landscape of Rochester is ever-changing, and come this September you will see many more creations.
The Rochester Downtown Alliance, along with Destination Medical Center and the Rochester Art Center are putting together what’s called PlaceMakers Prototyping Festival. This year’s theme is health and building the environment.
The idea of this fest is to have creative people come up with ideas to fill physical space. This could be as simple as creating something unique on a cement arch that hangs over a parking garage and restaurant. The possibilities are endless and the festival will take place this September downtown.