Introducing Austin Retzlaff | Volunteer Spotlight

We are pleased to spotlight Austin Retlaff our newest 540Volunteer

About Austin

(he/his/him) In addition to volunteering with 540WMain; Austin Retlaff is a graphic designer, writer, video editor and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in upstate New York. Throughout his art practice he explores storytelling, communication, novel approaches to media and technique, and being original within a marketable context. Austin is passionate about storytelling to create unity, impactful moments, and clarity around meaningful subjects.

See his portfolio

Austin’s Interview

Why did you decide to volunteer/work at 540WMain Communiversity?

AR: Seeing the incredible work that the organization is part of

Where did you grow up? 

AR: I grew up in Brighton
When you’re not volunteering/working at 540WMain what do you like to do? 
AR: I like to listen to music, relax, watch videos, try new foods, and cook once in a while. 
How do you stay healthy? 
AR: I follow a vegan and gluten-free diet which is relatively plant-based.
What your favorite healthy food to eat? 
AR: I love fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, peas, and beets.
How do you express creativity in your life? 
AR: I express my creativity through art, conversation and humor. 
What is it that inspires you to work with 540WMain? 
AR: The undefined possibilities
What are you working on now? 
AR: I am applying for jobs in graphic design, hopefully some writing / and art installations soon. 
What do you like best about living in Rochester? 
AR: I appreciate the low cost of living,  and unpretentious but still artistic and forward-thinking community among other things. 
What do you like least about living in Rochester. 
AR: Definitely the cold winters are a challenge. We can be too disconnected and not enough big city type of experiences
Is there anything else you’d  like the readers to know? 
AR: I look forward to whatever we can do together!
Please list any contact info you’d like to include (blog, twitter, email, FB,
  • Austin Retzlaff on Facebook and LinkedIn,
  • Austin Miles on
  • (graphic design portfolio), _air_sign_ on instagram

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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