Helpful Tips for Visitors to Imagine RIT Festival

Comprehensive plan in place to make Saturday, May 3, fun for festival-goers

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A comprehensive plan is in place to make Saturday, May 3, fun for visitors to the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Imagine RIT is poised to become the new annual kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.

Imagine RIT, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, is designed to demonstrate what can be accomplished when, as RIT President Bill Destler likes to say, “the right and left brain collide.”

More than 400 interactive exhibits and displays will be featured in various locations across campus. Topics include new ideas for products and services, the creative arts, research and design projects, and unique performing arts productions.

Below is some information that may be helpful for those who plan to attend.

Parking: Visitors will be able to park free on the RIT campus on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is also available at Monroe Community College, with free shuttle bus service to RIT. Once RIT lots are full, volunteers will direct all visitors to MCC.

Volunteers: Hundreds of volunteers, wearing bright orange T-shirts, will be on-hand to enrich the Imagine RIT experience. Twelve information stations will be sprinkled across campus to assist visitors and answer questions. A festival program will be available at all information stations, in addition to the Toyota Welcome Center in D Lot.

Interpreters: Sign Language interpreters will be posted at the Toyota Welcome Center, outside the Student Alumni Union and the Wallace Library. They’ll be wearing navy blue T-shirts marked “Interpreter.” In addition, the main stages will have interpreters for all performances.

Exhibits: The Xerox WOW! Center, featuring more than 50 cross-disciplinary projects, will be a premiere attraction. However, more than 400 other examples of innovation and creativity can be found throughout the campus. Visitors are encouraged to explore the entire campus. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Carnival: RIT’s annual Spring Festival coincides with Imagine RIT and is located to the east of the Xerox WOW! Center. Rides and inflatables are available to visitors free of charge. Games and food are available for a nominal fee.

Food: Each of RIT’s dining facilities will be open to the public. Food will also be available for purchase at various food tents across campus.