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City Art Space is RIT's only off-campus venue in downtown Rochester where community engagement flows through exhibitions, events and educational programming. 

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We're open 1-5 PM Thursday-Sunday, and 1-9 PM Fridays. Always Free! 

SPECIAL Extended Hours: 1-9 PM Thurs 6/23, Fri 6/24, Sat 6/25

Exhibitions on View Now

Clarissa Uprooted: The Exhibit

June 03, 2022–July 24, 2022

Clarissa Uprooted: Unearthing Stories of Our Village (1940s-early 1970s)

The Clarissa Street Neighborhood (now known as Corn Hill) is rich with history. It was a thriving cultural center in downtown Rochester, NY, where the original RIT campus sat nearby. It was especially known for the Pythodd Jazz Club - where legendary artists once performed.

A partial reconstruction of the stage from the legendary Pythodd Jazz Club, along with video testimonials, interactive displays and more are all part of a unique and memorable experience of this historic neighborhood, addressing why it disappeared, and what we can do to preserve and help its spirit live on.

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Clarissa Uprooted

Video Spotlights

Short mobile-friendly videos highlighting selected artists along with the Artist Short Sesh, an artist interview series where we get to know some of our recent art and design grads and talk about their creative work. Watch on YouTube (linked below) or on our IGTV @ritcityartspace.