Rochester has not always been a city of arts. George Eastman played an important role in introducing and promoting the concept that fine art -- music, painting, film, sculpture, photography, dance, singing, poetry, and writing -- were important to the lives of intelligent people. His motive was not entirely altruistic. Eastman knew that if he was to make his company competitive with other firms that hired engineers, chemists, managers and innovators he would have to offer a culturally sophisticated metropolitan environment. Eastman also understood the importance of comprehensive, quality health care accessible to everyone in the community. He did not want back pain, eye injuries or tooth aches to keep employees out of work. So Eastman built the Dental Clinic, helped found the U of R, MAG, the Eastman School and built a world class theater for music and movies. George Eastman had a comprehensive vision of a strong, healthy, intelligent, fit, community where the best intellects would be delighted to relocate to.
I can’t help but think that Joel Seligman, President of the U of R, has Eastman’s vision firmly in his sights.
“Rochester is a city of the arts,” Seligman proclaimed at the official opening of the Rochester Art Walk extension, “It is a city where culture matters.”
The Art Walk Extension is further evidence that this community still believes in the ideals and principles established by George Eastman. Art Walk is a cultural, artistic and historical monument. A blend of the past, of modern technology, and local and national art, this area of downtown is fortified as the nexus for cultural and creative innovation. Expanding the district that dedicated to art and creativity is a smart, efficient way of promoting the quality of the community we live in. Nothing breeds success like success.
City of Rochester Art Walk Project