Flower City Arts Center

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Founded 1973
Rochester, United States


We are a community-based not-for-profit that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the arts. Established in 1970 as the Genesee Street Corporation, The Flower City Arts Center is located in an historic firehouse, built in 1895-1905 (Try to find evidence of the fire poles next time you're here!). We are the only community visual arts center conveniently located within the City of Rochester. In 1973, the Arts Center incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational institution. The Flower City Arts Center offers programs in three visual arts areas: Printmaking & Book Arts, Ceramics, and Photography & Digital Arts. We produce youth programs, classes and workshops, provide facilities to our studio artists, and exhibit work in our galleries. We collaborate with community groups for the benefit of all. Our photography, ceramics and book arts programs are available to community members of all ages, income and background.

Local Information

The third largest city in New York State, Rochester is situated at the mouth of the Genesee River and was the first Erie Canal “boomtown.” It is the cultural capital of Upstate New York and one of the most arts-vibrant cities in the country. Affordable and accessible, Rochester is a six-hour drive from New York City, three hours from Toronto and 90 minutes from Niagara Falls. Rochester is the front door to the Finger Lakes, one of the most agriculturally rich regions in the country. The Greater Rochester region is home to 19 colleges and universities, welcoming students from all over the world. Many of the area’s educational institutions are rated among the best in the nation, producing cutting-edge research and development. Culture and the arts thrive in this region, which is home to world-class music, theatre, dance and visual arts. A rich festival scene caters to every taste and interest, with more than 140 festivals throughout the year.

Network Affiliations

  • Alliance of Artist Communities

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