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March 29, 2010

ArtAwake brings historic building back to life

front of First National BankConstructed in 1924, the Monroe County Savings Bank at 35 State St. in downtown Rochester was designed to convey strength and security. From the marble columns on the façade to the atrium’s elaborate ceiling murals, the building was described as “one of the most beautiful bank buildings in the state” in a 1925 Democrat and Chronicle article. Eighty-six years later, a shimmer of the bank’s past glory will be brought to life as ArtAwake 2010 turns the former financial institution into an art gallery and music hall.

Slated for Saturday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., ArtAwake will feature more than 160 art pieces, including laser art, installations, paintings, and photographs, among others. In addition, festival organizers are working to create an exhibit that will showcase the history of downtown Rochester, with a focus on the bank. More than 20 local musicians will give live performances on three different stages throughout the festival.

Advance tickets are $7 for Rochester students and $9 for the general public. At the door, tickets are $9 for Rochester students and $11 for the general public. Children under 12 are admitted free. For details, visit or e-mail

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