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April 17, 2013

Festival to illuminate Sibley Tower with art, music

The student-organized Art- Awake festival will take over the Sibley Tower Building on April 20—turning the Rochester landmark into a vibrant art and music venue. The one-day festival runs from 2 p.m. to midnight at 25 Franklin St.

Getting its start in 2008, ArtAwake is an annual festival that aims to unite members of the community through a shared celebration of Rochester’s cultural offerings.

“Bringing the public downtown to the Sibley Building is very much aligned with our goals of celebrating the city through art and music,” says festival organizer Evalyn Gleason ’13, a 2009 graduate of School of the Arts who is familiar with the building’s storied history and recent efforts to revitalize it. The group is working with owners at WinnCompanies to pay homage to the Sibley Building through a photograph exhibit that chronicles the building’s transformation over the decades. “We’re excited to work with this beautiful, historic building that has been such a meaningful part of Rochester for so long,” Gleason says.

This year’s event will spotlight 15 area musicians, including the addition of new and alternative sets from Robert Morris, professor of composition at the Eastman School, and local band Eggs Benedict. The evening also features a drag show presented by the University’s Pride Network and a performance by local dance troupe One Dance Co. More than 150 works of art will be on display, and guests can engage with several interactive exhibits. Hors d’oeuvres will showcase local restaurateurs, and a cash bar will be available for guests 21 and over.

Tickets are $8 advance, $10 door for University students; $9 advance, $11 door for the University community and other area college students; and $10 advance, $12 door for the general public. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Common Market in Wilson Commons, the Memorial Art Gallery, and the Eastman Office of Student Life.

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