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St. Michaels Woodshop

From ancient Egypt to modern times, the skill and art of woodworking continues to hold a place in society. And as WXXI's Need to Know recently learned, if anything it's a craft with benefits that might far outweigh what you might expect.

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David Cowles & Maria Friske

Local artists, David Cowles and Maria Friske, have collaborated for over two decades. They started out working together as illustrators for the Democrat & Chronicle and have been thick as thieves ever since.

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Adrian Esposito

Local filmmaker, Adrian Esposito, may be young, but he has already made many films, often about social issues. Having Aspergers himself has made him passionate about telling stories about people with disabilities.

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Katie Jo Suddaby

Artwork is something most of us would want to preserve. Well, as a lesson in impermanence, sand mandalas are created to be destroyed. Let's visit with local sand mandala artist, Katie Jo, to learn more. Aired 2/10/17

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Ventures PROS

Rochester Rehab's program, Ventures PROS, works with people who are living with and often battling mental illness. It identifies an individual's goal - such as joining the workforce or going to back to school - and then works to make that goal a reality.

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Arleen Thaler

Some of the most vulnerable and neglected people in our region, have found an ally and a friend in Rochester photographer Arleen Thaler.

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Todd Stahl

Art teacher, Todd Stahl, believes in the power of art. Every day he works to further art and art education in the Webster School District. By treating his students as equals he empowers them to believe in their art and to have high expectations. Let's take a look into his classroom to see how....Learn More>>

Made On State

When local developer, Craig Webster, acquired the building at 510 State Street, he knew he wanted to do something a little different. When local artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Airigami became part of the conversation, that's when the project took off.

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Dayhab Without Walls

Tonight, lets learn about the Cobblestone Arts and Education Center's Dayhab Without Walls program. They're dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by bringing them out into the community. Aired 12/9/16.

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Nancy Gong

When you think of glass art you probably think of stained glass, leaded glass and blown glass, right? Ever heard of architectural glass? Local artist, Nancy Gong, has been diving deep into architectural glass techniques.

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Nicolas H. Ruth

Printmaking is an often misunderstood artform. It's often categorized more closely with mass production than it is with one-of-a-kind works of art.

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Artists Unlimited

It's unfortunate, but there's a common assumption in our society that if you're living with a disability, you can't be artistic, you can't contribute and you can't possibly be creative. Well, these assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.

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EvanDawson_Headshot.jpgArts InFocus is a half-hour weekly program that champions arts and culture in the Rochester region and beyond.  It is hosted by Sasha-Ann Simons, a radio and television reporter/producer, who also serves as a fill-in host and regular contributor to Need to Know – WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs TV program.    

Sasha-Ann Simons joined WXXI in February 2015. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Sasha-Ann comes to Rochester after spending her formative years growing up in Toronto, Canada. She studied broadcast journalism at Ryerson University and has worked, for nearly a decade, both in front of and behind the camera in various Toronto newsrooms. During her childhood, she performed with a number of Caribbean dance troupes at street festivals and on the big stage. Sasha-Ann is fun-loving and sassy. When she's not on the air, she spends her time with family and exploring new recipes in the kitchen.


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