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January 15, 2019

Media Alert: Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism Carousel Panel Exhibit Educational Programs at FIGHT Village January 17

ROCHESTER, NY—The Take It Down Planning Committee in partnership with the City of Rochester and Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) invite the public to participate in an educational program about the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel panel exhibit, Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism, from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 17.

This community-wide program for all ages will include an opportunity to view the exhibit, discuss racism today, and dialogue about actions we can take in Rochester to work toward social justice for all. The event takes place at the FIGHT Village Community Center, 186 Ward Street. This program is the continuation of an ongoing educational process in the Rochester community to create meaningful and sustained dialogue on individual, institutional and structural racism with the goal of impacting racism in concrete, measurable ways. For program dates, times and other details including sign-up for organizations interested in partnering in the educational process, visit www.rmsc.org/carousel.

Viewing the exhibit is free and open to the public at FIGHT Village Community Center Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 5pm from now through January 17. The educational program on the evening of January 17 will be the public’s last chance to see the exhibit at FIGHT Village before it travels to Community of the Savior, 4 East Henrietta Rd.

Please visit the Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism webpage, hosted by the RMSC at www.rmsc.org/carousel, for up-to-date details. For high-resolution images and additional information, contact the Take It Down Planning Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, NY, after being on display for 111 years. The issue generated controversy in our community. The Take It Down Planning Committee created this exhibit to show that pickaninny art perpetuates ongoing individual, institutional, and structural racism by denying the humanity of black children.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit RMSC.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


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