Community Educator Spotlight | Valyn Reed

We are pleased to spotlight Valyn Reed one of our February Community Educators About Valyn Reed Valyn Reed-Crenshaw is a native of Rochester, NY; raised on the eastside of the city. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Akron earning her bachelor’s in Dietetics. She is in her final semester of a graduateContinue reading “Community Educator Spotlight | Valyn Reed”

Why Black History Month is Necessary & Vital

“In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. But we don’t live in one.” With stories of racial profiling still making national headlines, Haiti being referred to as a “shithole” country by the the nation’s current sitting president, and Africa being oft referred to as a country (it’s a continent); it’s painfully obviousContinue reading “Why Black History Month is Necessary & Vital”

December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald

We are pleased to spotlight our December Artist of the Month Allison McDonald About Allison McDonald Allison McDonald is a 23 year old photographer from Rochester, NY. She recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Studio Art and concentration in photography. She plans on going to graduate school for Art Therapy in the nearContinue reading “December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald”

A Thankful Word from the Director | Fall Tour Series Kickoff

Dear Community, My body isn’t cooperating on this Friday in fact, I’ve spent all day in bed in full recovery mode one day before our Anniversary Celebration. (Yikes!) So is the life of a chronic spoonie but fortunately my heart is full of joy and thankfulness. The intern’s display of black youth magic last nightContinue reading “A Thankful Word from the Director | Fall Tour Series Kickoff”

A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week

Dear Community, Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we celebrated 540WMain’s one year anniversary back on June 16, 2017 and plan to celebrate this milestone this Saturday August 26th from 4-7 PM I’m super excited to celebrate this Saturday with great vendors, good food, friends, and community. All week long keepContinue reading “A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week”