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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Bike ride Genesee River
Max Schulte
Reconnect Rochester is leading a series of bike rides this summer where they'll show people how to navigate the city by bicycle. The first ride went from Maplewood Park to High Falls along the Genesee River.

First hour: Discussing Monroe County's proposed Active Transportation Plan

Second hour: Exploring the City of Rochester's public arts programs

Do you think Monroe County is walkable and bikeable? The County is looking for public feedback on its proposed Active Transportation Plan, which will provide equity-focused changes to non-motorized transportation networks. What kinds of policies and infrastructure would you like to see? We discuss that question with our guests:

  • Susan Hughes-Smith, Monroe County Legislator, District 14
  • Scott MacRae, M.D., advisor for Reconnect Rochester, and longtime cycling advocate
  • Renée Stetzer, board member for Reconnect Rochester, who serves on the Monroe County Active Transportation Plan Advisory Committee

Then in our second hour, the City of Rochester has launched opportunities for local artists and community members to engage in public arts initiatives. The Percent for the Arts program designates one percent of the total development costs of the City’s qualifying capital (infrastructure) projects to help fund public art in the community. In the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fiscal years, that amounted to $236,000 each year. The City is also launching its ArtsBloom project, which will invest $100,000 in arts education, performance, and temporary art. This hour, we discuss the programs, their goals, and their anticipated impact with our guests:

  • Kevin Kelley, manager of the Office of City Planning for the City of Rochester
  • Shawn Dunwoody, visual consultant and co-chair of the City of Rochester’s Arts & Creative Community Committee (AC3)
  • Aria Camaione-Lind, principal and CEO of Aria Strategies, which is administering the My Rochester mural art project
  • Tamara Leigh, founder of Blaque/OUT Consulting, which is administering the My Rochester mural art project
  • Kelly Cheatle, co-founder of Roc Arts United, which is administering the LOCUS:FOCUS mosaic project
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.