Third Floor Community Spaces
Unique Spaces to meet & Create...
The third floor will be an event space. It has the capacity to function as a banquet or conference facility, entertainment venue (hosting lectures, musicians, film screenings, and other performing arts). This space will serve local musicians, cultural initiatives, large gatherings, business meetings, and other special events. The Arts Collaborative (AC) management staff will work with local cultural organizations and artists reserve to activate the space with programs that serve the interests of a wide variety of audiences. The AC staff will also manage private rentals and secure adequate funding for community programs. 44 North will support any food and beverage needs for events in this space, offering full-service catering, bar service with a modified food menu, and box lunch options for groups of all sizes.
Community Event & PERFORMANCE Space
There is an increasing demand for unique event space in Rochester. The CC is dedicated to offering the third floor event spaces for community events at no cost or a below-market rate for AC members, Fair Trade Books, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. Private groups will enjoy hosting events in a vibrant, community-focused, historic venue that is managed by experienced industry professionals. 44 North will support any food and beverage needs for events in this space, offering full-service catering, bar service with a modified food menu, and box lunch options for groups of all sizes.
Castle Community Studio & Makerspace
The Armory has a history of serving as a place for citizens to gather, learn, and socialize. The Castle Community will continue and expand upon that tradition with our dedication to arts, culture, and community collaboration. The third floor will have a 600 square-foot room dedicated to the community room (CC Studio), similar to a model offered by the McMenanims organization. The CC Studio will be available for use free of charge to nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and other community organizations that need space to meet in Rochester.
The CC Studio will have modular tables and chairs for a variety of arrangements from classroom, to conference, or individual work stations. A variety of makerspace materials and shared equipment will be available in the space for groups to use for creative activities.
The CC Studio must be booked (facilitated by AC management) in advance and will be available during the hours of operation of the common area of the Building (estimated 7am – 9pm). Users of the CC Studio may bring their own food and drink (alcohol excluded) or conveniently order meals or snacks from the 44 North on the first floor. This space will provide unique and valuable resource for the community to gather.
Arts Collaborative Gallery
The AC Gallery space will provide local artists with an opportunity to think critically and create meaningful exhibitions in a space dedicated to doing just that. Artists will work with AC management, members, and guest curators to plan, create, and execute professional gallery exhibitions including critical essays, accompanying publications, an opportunity to speak at a public event, and shared marketing efforts. In addition, this unique space will be made available for intimate gatherings, private dining, etc… based on availability and the needs of potential users.