About Rochester Arts & Lectures

Rochester Arts & Lectures was founded in 1989. It is a not-for-profit cultural organization designed to produce an annual series of lectures by distinguished authors and artists respected for their contributions to literature, criticism, art, science, and public affairs. This major, on-going forum for the exchange of ideas is presented to a diverse audience in a downtown setting. Rochester Arts & Lectures enjoys a reputation for excellence, consistently bringing Monroe County residents programs of the highest caliber.

Rochester Arts & Lectures has brought some of the nation’s most renowned authors and artists to this community, including bestselling novelists Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, and E.L. Doctorow; American icons John Updike, William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Norman Mailer; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, Richard Ford, and Frank McCourt; historians Daniel Boorstin and Doris Kearns Goodwin; scientists Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Restak, and James Gleick; Nobel Prize-winners Nadine Gordimer and Derek Walcott; Inaugural poet Maya Angelou; renowned civil rights attorney Morris Dees; Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau; and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson.

In addition to our annual six-part series (held at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church), we have produced special events including a lecture by Alice Walker at Nazareth College, and lectures by Lily Tomlin and Beverly Sills at the Eastman Theatre.

Rochester Arts & Lectures has also produced several mini-series designed to explore beloved genres and issues of social, historical or cultural importance: New American Voices presented four writers intimately familiar with the immigrant experience. Southern Accents explored American regional writing and culture. And Monday Means Murder was an inquiry into our cultural fascination with crime literature.

Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities

Rochester Arts & Lectures offers series sponsorships and lecture underwriting as a creative way for businesses to reach new audiences and promote themselves in a competitive, expensive media environment. We provide consistent access to one of the area’s most educated and discriminating audiences. Our tradition of both programming excellence and regularly sold-out events makes us a particularly smart choice.

For more information, please contact the Rochester Arts & Lectures office.

We are grateful for the services provided by:

Arena’s Florist; Book Marshall Productions; Robert C. Grossman/Johnson, Mullan & Brundage, P.C., Attorneys at Law; Max of Eastman Place Restaurant, CarbonDEVPlus, Inc.

Additional funding provided by Monroe County.

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