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The Chili Cook-off is BACK for its 17th year on Saturday, March 9, from 4:30 - 8pm! Sample the best chili from local eateries. They bring the heat. We bring the bowls. You be the judge! Help determine who has the best chili in Rochester while enjoying the tastiest charity event of the season. Each ticket holder will receive a hand-made chili bowl to take home!
Learn more & Purchase Tickets Here


Join us on First Friday, Mar. 1 from 5 - 8pm for the closing reception of our Seconds From the Flame Ceramics Sale. All items in our Firehouse Gallery will be 50% off!

You can also stop by the sale from now until March 2 during our regular business hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9am -5pm

  • Thursday: Extended Hours until 9:30pm

  • Saturday: 12 - 5pm

This is a great place to find one-of-a-kind handcrafted pots for a fraction of the regular price. Find overstock work from your favorite potter or get great deals on beautiful pieces with slight imperfections.

All pieces were donated by studio artists, artists-in-residents, and staff in support of our Ceramics Studio.


Flower City Arts Center, which has offered “Arts for All” for 53 years, is full of caring individuals who lift up and educate through the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds. We cannot tend this fire alone. To stoke our impact, we chose this time of giving to ask you all to gather a few sticks to fuel the good works of our Center. We have an exciting vision to unveil in 2024, so come have a cup of cocoa, sit by the fire, and make something good.

Donate Here

We look forward to seeing you at 713 Monroe Ave!


adult courses


kids courses

Intro to Paste Paper

Paste paper is one of the oldest forms of decorative paper used by bookbinders and can be found in centuries-old books. The distinctive qualities of ...

Stay Retro

If you love photographing with film and working in the darkroom but need more time to practice and solidify your skills Stay Retro is right ...

Drypoint Etching

Dry-point etching explores an alternative to the traditional etching process. Without the acid or metal plates, dry-point techniques leave you with an impression you can ...

Alternative Process: Kallitype

The course is geared toward those with no prior exposure (pun intended) to the kallitype process, but experience in a darkroom is very helpful. The ...

RISO Greeting Cards

Participants will use any combination of drawing, hand-lettering, stamping, collage, etc. to create a two-layer design for a greeting card or postcard, which will then ...

& Events

Studio 678 @ George Eastman Museum

Mar 03rd - May 26th

Presented in the Gallery Obscura this spring will be creative works by students who are a part of the 2023–24 ...

Chili Cook-off

March 09th, 4:30 p.m.

Contenders from Rochester eateries are duking it out for top honors in various sizzling categories. Vote for your favorites, be they meaty or vegetarian, at this family-friendly event as you ...

Seconds From the Flame 2024 Reception

March 01st, 5 p.m.

Join us on First Friday, Mar. 1 from 5 - 8pm for the closing reception of our Seconds From the Flame Ceramics Sale. All items in our Firehouse Gallery will ...

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A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that does not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

Flower City Arts Center is supported by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.