Conference Film and Geneva Pub Crawl


The 2015 New York Statewide Preservation Conference theme is The Art of Preservation: Painting Your Community’s Future. Join us at our conference headquarters, the restored Smith Opera House in the Finger Lakes city of Geneva as we explore the role that the arts can play in helping us revitalize buildings and communities. We’ll also explore historic preservation as an art form unto itself–each building, each landscape, each community that we seek to revive requires a unique approach involving partnerships, funding sources and creative problem-solving.

This year’s Conference film fits perfectly with our theme, combining the arts, downtown revitalization, and adaptive reuse into one fabulous story.


Photo courtesy Nicholas Whitman

On Thursday April 16th at 6:30 p.m. we are thrilled to present a screening of
Downside UP: How art can change the spirit of a place 
at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY for the film selection at the 2015 New York Statewide Preservation Conference.

Immediately following the film, a panel will answer questions and discuss the role that the arts and large institutions can play in revitalizing communities. Panelists will include:

  • Wayne Goodman, Landmark Society Executive Director
  • Julian Adams, Director, Community Preservation Services Bureau, NY State Historic Preservation Office
  • Joni Monroe, Community Design Center of Rochester Executive Director
  • Bleu Cease, Rochester Contemporary Art Center Executive Director
  • Erich Lehman, WALL\THERAPY, 1975 Gallery
  • Nancy Fitzpatrick, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

After the film and panel discussion join us on a Geneva Pub Crawl. We will depart from the Smith Opera House immediately following the film and panel discussion. Free t-shirts to the first 25 registrants! And lots of great local watering holes!

A ticket for the film is included with your Conference registration, or tickets can be purchased separately. Tickets for the general public will also be available at the door for $10. >>Click here to return to the main Conference page to purchase your tickets!

Film and Panel Discussion Sponsored by Chaintreuil | Jensen | Stark Architects, LLP

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Geneva Pub Crawl Sponsored by Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals.


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Conference Film and Geneva Pub Crawl