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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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Main Street Arts

We've seen how art making can often be a solitary process. But we've also learned that collaboration can yield some incredible results. Well, the Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs, NY has paired up furniture makers with ceramic artists and the results are stunning.

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Cammy Enaharo

When it comes to the soulful voices of Rochester musicians, it's impossible to ignore Cammy Enaharo. She pairs her soothing vocals with her trusty ukulele to provide simple but beautiful melodies. We caught her at the recent First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. Take a look.

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RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center

Have you hear of NTID? The National Technical Institute for the Deaf? They're one of the nine colleges at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ok, sure, of course you've heard of it.

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Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk

Have you ever experienced a deep sense of calm after listening to soothing music? I'm sure you can relate when I say that listening to music can bring peace in stressful or uncertain times.

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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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