In the beginning…
…an informal group of civic-minded residents and area business leaders gathered together to accomplish some very early clean-up efforts in and around the Square. In what started out as the Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association, the boundaries were set with the historic Washington Square at the approximate center.
…we believe EVERYONE has the civic-duty to keep their neighborhood, streets, and public gathering places clean and safe.
…several artists including four School of the Arts students helped paint neighborhood traffic boxes. Most of the students’ art still stands throughout the neighborhood.
Movies With a Downtown View
Utilizing a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the financial support of Buckingham Properties, the MWADV quickly becomes a hit for summertime movie enthusiasts. Our very first movie shown: Almost Famous featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Lost Corridor: Part I
In 2016 we partnered up with Shawn Dunwoody to paint this “Be Stronger” mural under the 490E on-ramp. The area has been coined “The Lost Corridor” after much of the city businesses left the area, but there’s since been an uptick in foot traffic coming to and from the Southwedge into downtown.
On this date, the Washington Square Community Association became a formally incorporated non-profit organization made up of an all-volunteer Board, helping to lead the charge in revitalizing a key focus area in downtown, Center City, Rochester.
With the help of several partners including Stantec, Community Design Center Rochester, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Community Association embarked on an ambitious journey in 2018. Since then, we have been formulating our collective community vision and are getting closer and closer to executing.
By August of 2019, we at the WSCA had produced our 6th year of Movies with a Downtown View with the help of several key supporters, including Buckingham Properties and the City of Rochester. MWADV are the WSCA’s annual summertime events that serve to support local, promote downtown, and are FREE and open to the public.
While the world-wide pandemic has slowed the world to a crawl, the WSCA is still moving ahead with its plans to paint the 490E on-ramp wall.