Category Archives: General

Mt. Morris Main St. Development

The town of Mt. Morris is bouncing back with the help of veteran developer Greg O’Connell. In this video, shot by students at Mt. Morris High School, we get a look into the mind of this man who is doing so much to jumpstart the economy here.  We get much of his insight into how […]

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Livingston County Ghana Partnerships

Our Buy Local program has taken an amazing international turn.  In an incredible coincidence of history, our Chamber of Commerce starting working with the Rochester Sister Cities Office on an economic/cultural partnership with Ghana at the same time that the State University of New York in Geneseo started working on an academic partnership. Every year […]

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Retsof Salt Mine History

Salt Mining in Livingston County has played a vital role in our economic, cultural, and artistic history.  Here, we see the results of a team of high school students from York Central School (that sits right beside the old mine shaft) and folklorist Karen Canning working with original documents and stories from old timers in […]

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Akwaaba – The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir

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Health concerns for Livingston County

I visited the Public Health website for Livingston County to find out what some of the more prominent health concerns are. Well, as you can imagine; deer ticks were high on the list. Also listed were emergency preparedness, poison awareness, and mental health issues. I am looking forward to learning more about what is already […]

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More Ideas for Summer Camp Program

I am making a list of questions for the public health nurse for our county regarding the major health concerns in our area especially concerning children. I am anticipating that one area of concern is mental health. I would like to involve the summer camp kids in a project that promotes positive thinking and self […]

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Stories of the salt mine

Much of the impact of the salt industry is documented in public records of business activities from the 1880’s to the present day.  Other information is found in the personal lives and stories of workers & families–including that of a current York student’s grandfather who was “buried alive” and lived to tell the tale.  We’re working […]

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Ideas about the summer art program at the park

This is an informal blog inspired by the meeting I attended at the arts council on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Kala Stein, Glenn McClure and myself. It was great to hear about the whole program and see what big ideas are driving the projects. It is great to see what is already taking […]

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Architecture Exploration

This Arts Integration project engaged 12-13 year old students in a small, rural school in upstate New York in a multi-disciplinary exploration of a medieval cathedral. Instead of studying History, Math, Art History, and Music in separate classes, these students studied key curriculum concepts by analyzing the components of Chartres Cathedral and then expressing their […]

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Hello world!

Welcome to Buy Local/Build a Future! This is my first post on this new blog. I am a teaching artist, social worker and founder/executive director of an organization, ArtPeace, Inc. (www.artpeace.org), which educates and employs youth through arts, technology and entrepreneurship. We serve youth and adults in Rochester, Monroe County and the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes […]

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Category Archives: General

Mt. Morris Main St. Development

The town of Mt. Morris is bouncing back with the help of veteran developer Greg O’Connell. In this video, shot by students at Mt. Morris High School, we get a look into the mind of this man who is doing so much to jumpstart the economy here.  We get much of his insight into how […]

Read the full article »

Livingston County Ghana Partnerships

Our Buy Local program has taken an amazing international turn.  In an incredible coincidence of history, our Chamber of Commerce starting working with the Rochester Sister Cities Office on an economic/cultural partnership with Ghana at the same time that the State University of New York in Geneseo started working on an academic partnership. Every year […]

Read the full article »

Retsof Salt Mine History

Salt Mining in Livingston County has played a vital role in our economic, cultural, and artistic history.  Here, we see the results of a team of high school students from York Central School (that sits right beside the old mine shaft) and folklorist Karen Canning working with original documents and stories from old timers in […]

Read the full article »

Akwaaba – The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir

[video controls=”yes”>

Read the full article »

Health concerns for Livingston County

I visited the Public Health website for Livingston County to find out what some of the more prominent health concerns are. Well, as you can imagine; deer ticks were high on the list. Also listed were emergency preparedness, poison awareness, and mental health issues. I am looking forward to learning more about what is already […]

Read the full article »

More Ideas for Summer Camp Program

I am making a list of questions for the public health nurse for our county regarding the major health concerns in our area especially concerning children. I am anticipating that one area of concern is mental health. I would like to involve the summer camp kids in a project that promotes positive thinking and self […]

Read the full article »

Stories of the salt mine

Much of the impact of the salt industry is documented in public records of business activities from the 1880’s to the present day.  Other information is found in the personal lives and stories of workers & families–including that of a current York student’s grandfather who was “buried alive” and lived to tell the tale.  We’re working […]

Read the full article »

Ideas about the summer art program at the park

This is an informal blog inspired by the meeting I attended at the arts council on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Kala Stein, Glenn McClure and myself. It was great to hear about the whole program and see what big ideas are driving the projects. It is great to see what is already taking […]

Read the full article »

Architecture Exploration

This Arts Integration project engaged 12-13 year old students in a small, rural school in upstate New York in a multi-disciplinary exploration of a medieval cathedral. Instead of studying History, Math, Art History, and Music in separate classes, these students studied key curriculum concepts by analyzing the components of Chartres Cathedral and then expressing their […]

Read the full article »

Hello world!

Welcome to Buy Local/Build a Future! This is my first post on this new blog. I am a teaching artist, social worker and founder/executive director of an organization, ArtPeace, Inc. (www.artpeace.org), which educates and employs youth through arts, technology and entrepreneurship. We serve youth and adults in Rochester, Monroe County and the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes […]

Read the full article »