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David J. Pacific named Executive Director

David Pacific

Please join in our celebration! The Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of David J. Pacific as our first Executive Director.

David's resume includes marketing and communications with the Friends of Chamber Music in Kansas City and previous work as Associate Director with the Southeastern Piano Festival in Columbia, South Carolina.  A trained pianist, he is a graduate of Nazareth College and has a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina.    

The Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance has as its mission to provide dynamic arts and cultural experiences for underserved families and youth in a safe, inspiring place for artistic expression — instilling pride and serving as a catalyst for community transformation.

We are thrilled to welcome David J. Pacific aboard as we continue our contribution to Rochester's revitalization through the performing and visual arts!

A classically trained pianist, vocalist, and conductor, David J. Pacific devoted a number of years to the performance and education of music, theater, and dance while simultaneously cultivating his passion and commitment to enabling the artistic expression, exposure, and education of all people who wish to gain access to the arts. He has long believed in partnerships between community music schools, performing and visual arts organizations, private enterprises, and accredited colleges and universities. Previously David served as the Assistant, then Associate Director of the Southeastern Piano Festival; he also served The Friends of Chamber Music - Kansas City as Community Outreach and Marketing Director.

A New York native, David earned a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Nazareth College of Rochester, graduating cum laude with awards for Excellence in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina. He and his partner make their home in the Upper Monroe neighborhood with their Border Collie, Gatsby.

Alliance receives Strasenburgh Award for Activism

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance

The Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance has been named the 2017 Recipient of the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism. This award, given annually by the Community Design Center of Rochester, honors our effort to convert a landmark building on Joseph Avenue into a Center for Performing and Visual Arts, the dance, music and theater programs we continue to develop for Rochester and underserved families and youth, and all those supporters who have helped us get to this day.

Mayor Warren joins historic plaque unveiling

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance

On June 21, 2017 Mayor Lovely Warren participated in a plaque unveiling ceremony --   our building at 692 Joseph Avenue has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places! Also gracing the podium:  Isobel Goldman (Farash Foundation), Wayne Goodman (Landmark Society of Western New York), and Sherman Dickerson (Joseph Avenue Business Association).  Featured the same evening on local television news, this important event concluded with a stirring performance by the Garth Fagan Youth Dance Ensemble, Yvana Melendez, and Bonnie Abrams.

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