The visionary Doug Rice is at it again…reinvigorating the neighborhood he calls home.

In January, the Founding Director of the Neighborhood of the Arts’ ARTWALK met with Sarah Lentini, President and CEO of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester to share his concept of a multi-use performing arts space. 

Historic photo of the church

Historic photo of the church

Now, a mere two months later, after an investment of time, energy and dollars, he has taken a dilapidated120 year old Victorian church and created a new Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MUCCC, pronounced Muck).  

Pre-renovation photo

Pre-renovation photo

The renovated facility, located at 142 Atlantic Avenue in Rochester, will offer community groups a much-needed turn-key, handicapped-accessible performing arts space with the flexibility to seat up to 175 audience members.

Rice is retaining or restoring many of the original features of the church, as well as its beautiful stained glass windows. In addition to adding a movable stage,  the new cultural center will include a lobby, concessions area, lounge, balcony, offices, seating using recycled pews, updated restrooms, a dressing room and a built-in lighting and sound systems.  The Center also has its own parking lot located across the street.

Ribbon Cutting with the Mayor

Ribbon Cutting with the Mayor

 The Center’s first performance kicks off on Saturday, March 14 with a rare production of Edge, Paul Alexander’s critically-acclaimed, Off-Broadway show about poet Sylvia Plath, by Rochester’s METHOD MACHINE.  The play will be directed by the group’s Artistic Director, David Henderson and stars Marcy J. Savastano as Sylvia Plath in this one-woman show.

Performances at MUCCC will take place on:
Saturday March 14 – 8 PM          
March 15 – 2 PM

Thursday March 19 – 8 PM

Friday March 20  – 8 PM

Saturday March 21 – 8 PM

Sunday March 22 – 2 PM

March 26 – 8 PM

Friday March 27 – 8 PM

Saturday March 28 – 8 PM     

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and can

With this addition, the community can look forward to seeing many more inspiring performances in the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Top and center photo courtesy of the Multi Use Cultural Community Center.