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Coming up on Connections: Monday, May 10

May 10, 2021

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First hour: How can Rochester achieve an inclusive recovery following the pandemic? 

Second hour: How NYS' new capacity guidelines are affecting local venues

How can Rochester achieve an inclusive recovery following the pandemic? ACT Rochester will explore that question at an upcoming event. We preview that program and talk with national representatives from the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institute about their recommendations for Rochester. Our guests:

  • Ann Johnson, executive director of ACT Rochester
  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Community Foundation
  • Tina Stacy, principal research associate for the Urban Institute

Then in our second hour, New York State announced new capacity guidelines for event venues last week. According to the state, "Congregate commercial and social events...such as those that host sports competitions, performing arts and live entertainment, and catered receptions can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors if all attendees over the age of four present either proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be accommodated." The new policy begins May 19. What does this mean for local businesses? Our guests explain: 

  • Reenah Golden, founder and artistic director of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre
  • KC Sullivan, CEO, founder, and director of UUU Art Collective
  • Kristina Kaiser, director of The Yards Collective
  • Danielle Raymo, owner of the Rochester Brainery
  • Doug Kelley, talent buyer for the Bug Jar
  • Phil Fitzsimmons, owner of Anthology
  • Ralph Meranto, artistic director of the JCC of Greater Rochester
  • Danny Hoskins, artistic and managing director of Blackfriars Theatre