PosterCropResistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester: Narratives of Progress and Poverty examines more than one hundred years of Rochester’s history to illuminate the co-existence of wealth and progress with poverty and lack of opportunity. In at least three separate periods, 1913, 1964, and 2015, these circumstances have spurred action in the form of resistance, rebellion, and renewal – while altogether jeopardizing the social fabric of the city.

While the situations in 1913 and 1964 demonstrated how affluent citizens and city officials were blindsided when Rochesterians resorted to public action to express anger at their marginalization from the quality of life that had been promoted, today we are witnessing community leaders and citizens working together to ameliorate adverse conditions because, as Mayor Warren stated, “This divide has both immediate human consequences and short- and long-term economic consequences.”

The RIT Museum, located on the third floor of the Wallace Center, is hosting this exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. This exhibit is on view through October 10, 2015.


This exhibition was produced by a faculty committee from the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, and the website was created by undergraduate Museum Studies students (see acknowledgements). To learn more about the Museum Studies program at RIT, please click here.

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  1. The Unite Rochester challenge is underway. Voting through January 27 with the announcement of the finalists at RIT on January 28. Link here:

    Details: Welcome to the Unite Rochester Challenge. Each day between Jan. 17 and Jan. 27, you can vote for one of the projects below. Click on the name of each project to learn more about it. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The 10 finalists will be announced at the Expressions of King’s Legacy event at Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, Jan. 28.


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