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Arts and Cultural Council to close gallery and publication 

Amid news of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester's financial struggles and changes in leadership, the Council announced this week that it will leave the space it has occupied at 277 N. Goodman St.

"The plan is to leave the space by April 30," says acting Council Director David Semple. The move is the result of an agreement reached by Council landlord, Village Gate Square/Stern Properties, and ACC Board Chair Grace Tillinghast.

In addition, the board has determined not to print a spring edition of the Council's glossy, quarterly magazine, Metropolitan. "We are working on an online version of [the content that has] been submitted and gathered for our spring issue," says Semple. Whether or not the publication will continue at all is undetermined. "I don't foresee a print version; the direction from the board was to suspend publication," he says.

A recent report in the Democrat & Chronicle revealed that Metropolitan had been losing money for the Council for years. Tax filings for 2012 indicated that the magazine operated at a loss of nearly $85,500 for that year alone, due to production and distribution costs.

The Council has a board meeting set for this Friday, at which the future lines of business and functions of the ACC will be determined, says Semple. "We've been waiting for certain determinations to be made, and those proposals will be on the table. That's when the board will have something to say about the future of the Council in all regards," he says.

Those interested in supporting the Council through this period of struggle "have the options they've always had in terms of stopping in, or contributing through membership or donation," says Semple.

Where the Council will exist in physical space after the end of April is not yet determined, but activity at the current location will continue through until the end of its tenure at 277 N. Goodman St.

"We will be having what I think will prove to be a pretty spectacular opening for Brian O'Neill on April 4, which is a show in collaboration with the Rochester City Ballet," says Semple. "I think his work is awesome, and it should be quite a display. That's something to look forward to."

Information about Brian O'Neill's exhibit can be found at the artist's website: brianoneillstudio.com

Check back with City for ongoing coverage as the Arts & Cultural Council story continues to unfold.

Note: this article was updated on March 19 to amend a factual inaccuracy.

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