A Call to Interested Rochester Artists

Whether it’s participating in fun neighborhood beautification projects like Playful Sidewalks or sponsoring porch decorating contests, hanging out with our community at special events, taking some cool kiddos on fieldtrips of our service area, or creating new programs like our upcoming initiative to support Block Clubs (more info soon!), the South East Area Coalition understands the importance and impact that beautiful art can have.

As we continue to develop, SEAC is looking to partner with artists for various projects in the future.

If you are an artist and interested in potentially collaborating with SEAC in the future, please fill out the form below.

Don’t see the Google Form? Click here.

Playful Sidewalks

On July 10th, SEAC partnered with the Swillburg Neighborhood Association and two talented artists, Chloe Smith and LaShonda Davis to create two beautiful Playful Sidewalks in our service area!

We had coffee, donuts, laughs, and some young helpers, eager to spend the day painting! Thank you to everyone involved in this project and thanks to everyone who came out to say hi and help paint!

Thank you and be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

Chloe Smith Sidewalk (Corner of Field and Henrietta)

LaShonda Davis Sidewalk (corner of Pinnacle and Laburnam)

Here’s some fun pictures of the various festivities!

Fun at Wide Water Gardens

Our Growing With SEAC event has come to an end and we really want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to Wide Water Gardens for allowing us to hold the event at their beautiful location. AND the weather held out, so that made the event even better!

It was a wonderful time and we really enjoyed connecting with local businesses, residents, and city employees! Thanks to everyone who generously donated during the event, helping us raise $750! These funds will let us continue to fund projects and initiatives through our Community Engagement Fund as well create new SEAC programs to benefit our communities!

A huge thank you to SEAC’s fantabulous Fundraising Coordinator, Kiki Smith, who took the reins without hesitation and just created a super fun, collaborative, and welcoming event. This would not have been a success without her enthusiasm, talents, and moxie!

Thank you to Lori (SEAC’s Bookkeeper) for helping out and keeping Kiki and I focused and thank you to SEAC’s Board of Directors for working the tables and handing out shaved ice and sweet treats thoughtfully donated by Rita’s Italian Ice, Get Caked, and Village Bakery!

Lastly, thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event a true success (more on them after the pictures).

Thank you all for the support and be well.

Mike Evans

Executive Director

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Abundance Food Co-Op

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Grass Fed: A Vegan Butcher

High Falls Tree Service

Indigo Luxe Collections

Just Juice 4 Life

Misfit Doughnuts and Treats

 Red Fern

Hanging Out With Flower City Arts Center

Over the past two weeks I have gotten to hang out with the amazing teachers and awesome kids in the Flower City Arts Center Photography program, taking them on field trips in the neighborhoods in SEAC’s service area.

It was a wonderful experience and it was really rewarding to witness kids experiencing/learning something for the first time (like seeing the Rochester’s skyline from Cobbs Hill Park).

Some of the places we got to go: 490 Farmers, Washington Grove, Park Ave Neighborhood, Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood, Neighborhood of the Arts Neighborhood, Swillburg Neighborhood, Cobbs Hill Park, South Wedge Neighborhood and more!

The teachers and kids are going to look through all the photos they’ve taken and choose ones for SEAC to proudly display on our website, print, and use on our Instagram page.

Here are a few not artistic photos I snapped on my phone! I’m looking forward to showing off all the awesome photos in the future!


A HUGE thank you to Create A Pizza for keeping our bellies full by generously donating pizza during our trips! The kids, staff, and I sure appreciated it!

Also a thank you to Kiki (SEAC’s Fundraising Coordinator) and Lori Wood (SEAC’s Bookkeeper) for assisting me by delivering the pizza and hanging out while I was on the walkabouts! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Be well

Mike Evans

Executive Director

Supporting Foodlink’s Curbside Market!

Advocating and supporting anti-poverty initiatives and programs is one of SEAC’s Four Pillars of Focus, which is why we are thrilled and thankful we had the opportunity to sponsor Foodlink’s Curbside Market!  SEAC staff and volunteers handed out a hundred vouchers to individuals so they could purchase an extra $5 of fresh, healthy food! 

Taken from Curbside Market’s FB page

While handing out vouchers at The Manhattan Square Family Medicine, El Towers, and Pinnacle Place, we got to talk to some wonderful people, hearing some of their stories about their life, what they like about Rochester and their hopes for the Rochester 2034 Plan

We look forward to supporting and collaborating with Foodlink again in the future!

Lastly- a very happy birthday to the Curbside Market, which has been bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to our communities now for 8 years!  We appreciate all you do!

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Growing With SEAC Event- Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Our event at Wide Water Gardens is fast approaching! It’s THIS Friday, 7/16/21, from 5pm to 8pm 345 Rosedale St, Rochester, NY 14620!

There will be refreshments, entertainment, a beautiful garden to walk through, and you can come hangout with residents of the neighborhood and employees of SEAC!

We want to thank all of our event sponsors for the event! With their generous support this event is going to be exciting and lots of fun!

Growing With SEAC (July 2021)

Abundance Food Co-Op

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Grass Fed: A Vegan Butcher

High Falls Tree Service

Indigo Luxe Collections

Just Juice 4 Life

Misfit Doughnuts and Treats

 Red Fern

Growing With SEAC Event at Wide Water Gardens!

SEAC will be holding a small event at Wide Water Gardens, one of our awesome Community Partners!

There will be refreshments, entertainment, a beautiful garden to walk through, and you can come hangout with residents of the neighborhood and employees of SEAC.

The event is on 7/16 from 5pm to 8pm at 345 Rosedale St, Rochester, NY 14620!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Porch & Front Yard Decorating Contest

The South East Area Coalition is happy to sponsor the PMMNA 2021 Porch & Front Yard Contest!

Plain texts of image:

Celebrating Summer & Outdoor Living
Be Creative ••• Be Innovative ••• Beautify!!!

The PMMNA will have some free plants available to those who register.

Contest Deadline: July 10, 2021
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners will be awarded a Plaque
& Gift Card – sponsored by SEAC
••• Additional awards for “Best Porch”, “Best Newcomer”
(porch, front yard and/or curb), and “Most Original Transformation”

About the 2021 Contest

Big or Small ••• Create Your outdoor living space &
show you “Love where you Live”!

The Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association will have some
free plants available for neighbors who register.

To register please email the PMMNA at

mlemperle@icloud.com by June 12, 2021 provide your name, address and best contact info & identify your plant request as FULL SUN, SEMI-SHADE, or SHADE

SEAC’s Annual Appeal Has Launched!

Scan the QR Code or click here to donate today!

Plain Text Format For the Visually Impaired

Dear SEAC Friends!

I am hoping I can count on your generosity to make 2021 SEAC’s best year EVER!

Your donation creates positive enhancements in SEAC’s neighborhoods and communities.

Your support has already allowed us to have a meaningful impact in the South East Area like:

  • Created a Vocational Scholarship Program for youths in need at the Center of Youth.
  • Obtained funding to install four sitting cubes at bus stops along N. Goodman.
  • Held anti-poverty drives, which gathered needed supplies for organizations.
  • Created the ROCing the Takeout initiative, supporting locally owned eateries.

With your donation and support, we know 2021 will be fantastic!

Thank you and be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

South East Area Coalition

P.S. A simple act of kindness can have a profound impact on an individual. Donate today because your support will make those impacts in the South East area.

630 East Ave

Rochester, NY 14607



SEAC promotes quality of life within Rochester’s South East area by connecting individuals and community partners to essential resources.

Community Partner Testimonials

Mount Hope World Singers

Mount Hope World Singers is proud and grateful to call SEAC our home.  SEAC provides us with many essential components of successful not for profit function.  Including:

  • 501c3 status,
  • a vehicle to safely and responsibly handle all financial transactions,
  • connection to other Rochester organizations,
  • much needed insurance,
  • expert advice on how to thrive as a small not for profit organization,
  • access to occasional financial support,
  • and, the stability we need to focus on being the best choir we can be. 

Mount Hope World Singers is a welcoming community of singers with a small budget and volunteer management team.  As a choir, it is our goal to build community and foster intercultural understanding through engaging, high quality, respectful performance of music in original languages from around the globe.  Without SEAC, we would not have the resources to carry out this mission.  With SEAC’s support, the choir has continued to thrive even through the pandemic, and we look forward to many years of mutual cooperation.

Kathleen Fraser for the Management Team of Mount Hope World Singers

Pearl Meigs Monroe Neighborhood Association

In the spirit of “Love where you Live”, the Pearl- Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood strives to engage its residents and foster a sense of community. SEAC has been our invaluable partner in bringing these intentions to fruition since 2018.

SEAC sponsors our PMNA Blessing Box, providing personal care packets to residents in need and those passing through.  The subsequent grants   they have secured allow our own neighbors to experience the gift of giving  when we distributed over 300 Snack Packs and shelf-stable foods during the pandemic.  They also co-sponsored our very successful 2019 porch contest,  inspiring landlords and residents to invest in beautifying our community and to develop strong and healthy relationships among renters, residents, and merchants.

The PMMNA has benefitted in other ways from our membership with SEAC. They have:

  • Hosted the 1st PMMNA Landlord meeting.
  • Organized and analyzed a Visioning Session for the neighborhood’s vacant land.
  • Funded dog waste-bag dispensers.
  • Acted as liaison to various City departments and representatives.

The Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association is grateful for the enduring support of SEAC and looks forward to continuing our affiliation for years to come.

PMMNA Association

Wide Water Gardens

Wide Water Gardens, located at 345 Rosedale St. in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, was delighted to become a project of SEAC in 2020, after a decade under the auspices of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association. SEAC provides us with a variety of essential support services, as well as drawing us into closer contact with other community gardens and our City partners. Some of the major benefits of our association with SEAC are:

  • Liability insurance coverage.
  • Assistance applying for grants.
  • Banking.
  • Tax exempt status for purchases for garden supplies
  • Outreach to City offices.

And, most importantly, they serve as a reliable and enthusiastic partner in our efforts to maintain the garden as a thriving community asset.

Wide Water Gardens was founded in 2010 and is currently managed by a volunteer Board. We have 60 raised garden beds of varying sizes, and members cultivate their own beds and commit to helping maintain the common perennial gardens and shared grape arbors, squash bed, herb garden and berry patches. We are open to the public and we serve our neighborhood as a parklike area with benches, paths and the beauty of abundant flowers. This year we are adding a produce stand where gardeners can place surplus produce for non-members to enjoy.

Beth Jorgensen

Board President, Wide Water Gardens

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