What they’re saying about MAGIC Spell Studios

“The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, headquartered in Rochester, has a history of supporting programs in the areas of education, health and wellness, and workforce development. RIT is recognized as a pioneer in the digital media industry, and we’re happy to help take this exciting undertaking to the next level. MAGIC Spell Studios is important to RIT, and what’s good for RIT is good for our community.”
- Danny Wegman, president and chairman of the board, The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation

“RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios, a creative hub and incubator for New York’s next-gen entrepreneurs in digital gaming, film and animation, demonstrates the strength of our continued academic, industry and government partnerships in building a robust regional and state economy.”
- Howard Zemsky, president, CEO & commissioner, Empire State Development

“RIT has truly become a hub of innovation in our region and our state, with the grand opening of MAGIC Spell Studios being the latest example. As a representative of this community, I am pleased to see this project receive significant state investment and know the economic possibilities are endless with this collaborative partnership. I greatly look forward to seeing the state-of-the-art productions that will be created in this space by students and industry professionals in the years to come.”
- State Sen. Joe Robach, 56th District

“I am so pleased to join President Munson; folks from Dell, Cisco, The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation; and Austin McChord as we open the home of MAGIC. This is a great day for RIT, its students, our region and the gaming and film industries. I am confident that through this multidisciplinary and revolutionary approach, what is going to be created and conjured-up in this facility will be the kind of magic that has made RIT a leader in cutting-edge technology.”
- Assemblymember Harry Bronson, 138th District

“I congratulate RIT, New York state and the various business organizations that have made this unique public-private partnership possible. MAGIC Spell Studios puts RIT and our community at the forefront of the digital media industry in terms of education, research and development. This collaborative approach to higher education will have a lasting impact locally and globally.”
- State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, 59th District

“The opening of MAGIC Spell Studios is another example of RIT’s role as a leading innovator here in the Rochester region and across the country. I am always proud to partner with RIT because of its proven track record and look forward to seeing how this studio will impact student opportunities and economic development.”
- State Sen. Rich Funke, 55th District

“Academic and industry partnerships are a top a priority for the regional council. As a result, we strongly support the new MAGIC Spell Studios facility which will serve to further these collaborations, driving economic activity throughout the Finger Lakes region as it continues to move forward.”
- Anne Kress, Monroe County Community College president and Bob Duffy, president & CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, co-chairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council