The Rochester Baha’i Center Welcomes the Public to a Street Art Film Screening: “Changing the World One Wall at a Time” and Shares a Universal Aim by Shadi

The Rochester Baha’i Center Welcomes the Public to a Street Art Film Screening: “Changing the World One Wall at a Time” and Shares a Universal Aim by Shadi
2.Ron English and the photo is in Brooklyn, NY (correct)

Ron English, Brooklyn, NY with producers Maryam Ishani and Saleem Valliancourt, September 2015

The Rochester Baha’i community was incorporated in 1957. In 1997 the Rochester Baha’i community started with 90 Baha’is meeting in one another’s homes to discuss topics ranging from environmental issues to raising healthy children to progressive revelation, finding ways to service humanity and eventually had its own Center that same year located at 693 East Avenue.

Most recently, there will be a free documentary feature film screening with open discussions afterwards open to the public on Saturday, September 9th from 7-9 p.m. of Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, a feature film on Education Is Not A Crime – the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is in the country – The film premiered at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York City in May.

Local filmmaker Kyle Corea who was part of the project, filming and producing in New York City, will be present during discussions after the film.

3. Marina Zumi, artist and Kyle Corea, Filmaker, Harlem

Marina Zumi, street artist and Kyle Corea, filmmaker, 9-11-2015, Harlem.

Kyle explains his passion for the project and its influence:

Public art has the unique power to not only uplift a community and beautify a space but also confront the viewer to think, reflect and question their own relationship to it. When art is created as a way to inspire change and awareness it can be more potent than words and permeates into the collective consciousness.

More information about the film can be found here:

4. Alexandre Keto, September 20, 2015, Harlem'

Alexander Keto, street artist, 9-20-15, Harlem

According to Debbie Rosenfeld, Secretary for the local Baha’i community, today the Baha’i center services over 300 Baha’is in Monroe County.

Stephanie Monk-George, Chairperson for the local city of Rochester Baha’i community, reaffirms the Baha’i community’s goals,

We are charged with accompanying anybody on a path of service. Period. That’s more important than whether or not you are a Baha’i. We go out into the community working alongside people from other backgrounds and Faiths building for the next level of civilization. Connecting with others doing grass roots service is the charge of the Baha’i community.

Every first Saturday of the month the Baha’i community hosts Unity Night, a seedbed for growing a cohesive community, open to the general public. Engaging topics by notable speakers and open discussions following are included in the night along with a social hour and potluck dinner from 6-7 pm. In the past they have hosted Dr. Susan Thompson who presented “Rock Your Resolutions: The Science of Human Transformation” where she described the latest brain-based research in the science of human behavioral change.

They also hosted Eldred Harris, from Cornell University’s Board of Advisors, who discussed the history of how hip-hop culture emerged and its impact on our youth. Theatre of the Oppressed and more arts Unity Nights take place as well catering to creative dabblers.


Rochester Baha’i Center, 693 East Avenue. From Cheers for Gratitude in 2017 from Haifa, Israel by Shadi [Photo: David Kramer]

“The Baha’is take time to engage in spiritual studies, offer spiritual classes for children, empower youth to serve, and cultivate a devotional aspect in their lives; they invite the wider community to participate in these activities alongside them,” explains Stephanie.

1.Erik Burke, mural artist, taking a step back to view his completed mural, Harlem

Erik Burke, street artist, 6-22-2016, Harlem.

The Rochester Baha’i community welcomes everyone to its center for upcoming Unity Nights and the film screening on Saturday, September 9th.

More information about local Baha’i activities can be found by contacting [email protected] or here: community-calendar


Cheers for Gratitude in 2017 from Haifa, Israel by Shadi

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


Like what you see on our site? We’d appreciate your support. Please donate today.

Featured Posts


%d bloggers like this: