Clarissa Uprooted at RIT City Art Space

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A collage of people hanging out on Clarissa Street.

"Clarissa Uprooted: Unearthing Stories of Our Village (1940s-early 1970s)" is an exhibition focused on Rochester, N.Y.'s historic Clarissa Street, a prominent African American neighborhood where internationally renowned Jazz artists played, families sought their American Dream, and people looked out for one another. 

A partial reconstruction of the stage from the legendary Pythodd jazz club, along with video testimonials, interactive displays, a continuous screening of the Clarissa Uprooted documentary film and more will create a unique and memorable experience of this once thriving neighborhood, why it disappeared, and what we can all do to preserve and help its spirit live on.

This exhibition is organized by Rochester Teen Empowerment along with faculty and students from RIT's College of Art and Design and College of Liberal Arts, with support from elders of the original Clarissa Street Neighborhood, the Clarissa Street Reunion Committee, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York, The Community Foundation, ESL, and the Art Bridges Foundation.

SPECIAL EVENTS (all free and open to the public):

Friday, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at RIT City Art Space
First Friday Public Opening

Thursday, June 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Parcel 5 in downtown Rochester
The Eternal Village: Teen Empowerment's Annual Community Luncheon
(Raindate Friday, June 10)

Thursday, June 16, 6-8 p.m. at RIT City Art Space
Jazzfest Eve Talk and Viewing: Remembering Rochester's own legendary Pythodd jazz room

Wednesday, June 22, 2-5 p.m. at Liberty Pole Plaza in downtown Rochester
Intergenerational Pythodd Tribute

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When and Where
June 03, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Room/Location: RIT City Art Space (280 East Main St., Downtown Rochester)
June 09, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room/Location: Parcel 5 (East Main St., Rochester, NY 14604
June 16, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room/Location: RIT City Art Space (280 East Main St., Downtown Rochester)
June 22, 2022
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room/Location: Liberty Pole Plaza (East Main St., Rochester, NY 14604)

Open to the Public

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