Photo by James Bogue
Build on the arts. Transform the future.
We all have something to express. That’s the beauty of our shared humanity. And it’s why the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance is committed to bringing music, dance, theater, and visual arts to families and children throughout our neighborhood—and throughout Rochester. The centerpiece of our efforts: transforming a landmark synagogue into an 11,000 square-foot performance and gallery space by 2019. And while we’re at it, we’re also helping to coordinate programming our neighbors can take advantage of right now.
It’s a lot of work. And we love it. But to keep the momentum, we need your generous support.
JAACA at a Glance
Founded in 2014 by a small, determined group of performing arts lovers
Key urban location: Northeast Quadrant, Rochester, N.Y.
Cornerstone initiative: renovation of the 1928 Congregation B'Nai Israel synagogue at 692 Joseph Ave. into a performing arts center
Facility size: 11,000 square feet, with seating for 300
Events hosted: theater, music, dance, visual arts, and community gatherings
Local population served: 30,000 in neighborhood, hundreds of thousands throughout Greater Rochester
Fundraising goal: $2.6 million
Funds raised to date: $1.8 million
Anticipated grand opening: Early 2019
Other events currently co-sponsored: summer outdoor concert featuring an RPO Ensemble with the Garth Fagan Youth Dance Ensemble and the Rochester Latino Theatre Company; after school performing arts programs; entertainment at the Annual Joseph Avenue Festival; library-based music instruction programs with the Eastman School of Music
Renovation Milestones Achieved
Landmark Designation, City of Rochester
Feasibility Study (Farash Foundation Grant)
Steering Committee Formation
Start-up Fundraising to support branding and web presence
Progress Grant: Rochester Area Community Foundation
Letters of support received
Mayor Lovely Warren
Senator Joseph Robach
Joseph Ave. Business Association
Borinquen Dance Company
Rochester Medical Orchestra
Rochester Latino Theater Company
Application approved for New York State Registry of Historic Buildings
Pardi Associates, Architects chosen as project architect
Listed in the Rochester Cultural Education Resource Guide as published by the New York State Education Department Office of Cultural Education