It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new years resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and learning.
Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:
1. Flower City Arts Center
Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start fresh.
2. Hoopla, City Library
If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.
And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources and books to take advantage of.
3. Amore by Wegmans
A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? Last year, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post from August). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.
4. Little Button Craft
Located in the South Wedge, Little Button Craft may seem like it's just a craft store selling art, home decor and local handmade goods. But what you might not know is that they also offer classes and artist pop-up shops throughout the year.
5. Rochester Brainery
Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare you can do anything from improving your Social Media skills to learning to paint.
6. George Eastman Museum
If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum. Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.
7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG
Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults (and children) to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.
8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery
Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.
What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?
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