Former Ballerina Aesha Ash is wandering around inner city Rochester in a tutu to change stereotypes about women of color and inspire young kids


Bhai Tika in the ROC

One Love <3


New to America, a relative of friends now living in Warsaw, NY. Several Nepalese families have relocated from Rochester, NY and are now small scale farming and creating a new life for themselves. Sharing in Dashain, a very special Nepalese festival. C=celebrating good ruling over evil, the Documentary Photography class was blessed with receiving Tika of rice on our foreheads by the elder family member. A special day with old friends! Happy Happy.

Documentary Photography class
@ Flower City Arts Center

New to America <3


Over several weeks the Documentary Photography class at Flower City Arts Center will be immersing themselves with our New American friends now living in Warsaw, NY. Several Nepalese families have relocated from Rochester, NY and are now creating a new life for themselves. There are many reasons that brought them to the country away from the city. Violence, self sufficiency, space, and the ability to small scale farm to name a few. I look forward to sharing our adventure and their story while catching up with our old friends from Rochester, NY and those new to America who still live there. 

This is Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY. Our mission is to reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.

Starting Over in Rochester, NY


Hani Ali doesn’t know where she was born except that it was in the back of a pickup truck, somewhere between Somalia and Uganda. An elderly woman—a stranger—traveling with them delivered Ali as her parents were fleeing a civil war in their country. Even so, her parents named her Hani, which in Arabic means “happy.” “Nobody thought I was going to live. But there I was, everyday,” says Ali, now 25 and a Rochesterian…

Story: Carlie Fishgold
Photography: Arleen Thaler
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EcoPark #RecycleMonroeCounty


An innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management to provide a “one stop drop off” for residential recycling.