Imagine a band playing downtown on a stage jutting out over the Genesee River … a group of high-schoolers preparing a National History Day presentation on how slaves used the river to escape to freedom … children seeing the power of water as energy for grinding wheat into flour … or tourists relaxing in an attractive public space downtown, while listening to unique oral histories beamed to their smartphones from the Central Library steps away. With your support, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library can help create this interactive visitor engagement area & outdoor classroom on the Library’s terrace, where visitors can learn about Rochester’s past and present in a space that gives people a sense of place.
This project will transform a long-closed area into a new park-like public riverfront terrace, designed with spaces, pathways and seating for engagement, education and reflection. As one of the first sites developed for ROC the Riverway, the city and state have committed nearly $7-million for repairs and maintenance underneath the terrace, and to commission a large scale site-specific public artwork for the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue.
We are raising $125,000 for a complementary art installation, ‘The River Revealed’, with additional design and sculptural elements serving as an outdoor educational area directly connected to the Library’s Local History website RochesterVoices.org.
Your donations helped us raise $8,200 through Crowdrise (a short-term national fundraising campaign), which made us eligible to receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program. Our fundraising campaign for the Terrace Project continues through FFRPL.
Thank you for your support!