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Math festival added to downtown Rochester's 2018 calendar

Math festival added to downtown Rochester's 2018 calendar

A community math festival and live "paint off" are among the first-time events being planned for downtown Rochester in 2018.

On Monday, the Rochester Downtown Alliance announced the recipients of "Start-Up Grant" funding for 2018. The annual initiative provides seed money to groups looking to organize new events downtown.

This year, four events were awarded a total of $8,500 in funding. In addition to the funding, event organizers are also provided with a comprehensive first-time event planning guide from the RDA.

All of the events this year are free and open to the public.

1st Annual Rochester Math Festival  

Wednesday, March 14 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Downtown DoubleTree Hotel

Organized by the Rochester Math Club, Math Fest will take place on National Pi Day and feature a keynote speech by 3-time TED talk speaker and world-famous mathematician, Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a math competition, and a variety of math-related family-friendly activities. Admission is free and open to the public.

Paint Off

Saturday, May 12 from 5:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Gallery 24

Paint Off, coordinated by Gallery 24 President and local artist Cassandra Buck is an art competition, which will showcase 6 artists painting a given theme, under pressure of limited time, and a live audience. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists by a panel of judges. Additionally, attendees will be encouraged to participate in a public art project outside Gallery 24. Admission is free and open to the public.


Monday, May 14 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Rochester Civic Theatre

US TOO is an event devoted to the issue of sexual misconduct, assault, and the voices of people who have experienced it. Topics will be expressed through visual art, videography, spoken word, storytelling, and music. US TOO is organized by Regina Mustafa, Dawn Sanborn, and Pam Whitfield. Organizers say the goal of this event is to promote healing, question assumptions, combat victim shaming, and further discussion between communities in our region. This will be a free event, but preregistration is encouraged.

Drums, Please!

Monday, August 20 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Peace Plaza

Drums, Please!, organized by the Greater Rochester and Olmsted County Arts Response Team (G.R.O.C.A.R.T.) celebrates the end of summer on the Peace Plaza with experience that goes beyond the traditional after-work event. Drums, Please! will feature local high school drumlines, a community picnic, an “angry hour”, and summertime games. Admission is free and open to the public.

More information on the program can be found here.

Cover graphic: Pixabay

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