Flying Squirrel Community Space

Who we are

The Flying Squirrel is a welcoming space for artists, activists, and community members in Rochester. We aim to cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships so we can work together to create positive social change.

More about us.

  • 285 Clarissa St. Rochester NY, 14608
  • 585-205-8778

What's Happening?

Using the Space

Need a space to hold your event? We'd love to work with you. We host all kinds of events including group meetings, private parties, music shows, film screenings, speakers, and more.

Mycoremediation: restoring ecosystems through mushrooms

The world faces a multitude of problems ranging from pollution to energy shortages and health deficits. This presentation by Christopher Snyder will explore the uses of mushrooms for a practice known as mycoremediation. Through this method, it may become possible to restore the health of our ecosystems and ourselves along with them.

March 31, 2019
2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/622548314863205/
Discussion after presentation.

Hey it's March! And our theme for March and April is “Environment.” To that end, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will be offering programming over the next two months dealing with the environment.

About Chris Snyder:
Christopher Snyder grew up on a hobby farm in Darien New York. While completing a Masters in Bioinformatics at the Rochester Institute of Technology he developed interests in dancing, philosophy, and community organizing. Christopher now lives in downtown Rochester and volunteers with the Flying Squirrel community space.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
We exist to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasing relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

From Cigarettes to Climate Denial: Merchants of Doubt screening

Hey it's March! And our theme for March and April is “Environment.” To that end, the Flying Squirrel Community Space will be offering programming over the next two months dealing with the environment.

We're going to kick things off with a screening of Merchants of Doubt:

Monday, March 25,
6:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5
Discussion to follow.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227663860778550/

About Merchants of Doubt:
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

About the Flying Squirrel Community Space:
We exist to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasing relationships between activists, artists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change.

Freedom Of Information Law Requests: an introduction

For the month of March, the Flying Squirrel Community Space is hosting a Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) Clinic as a practical skill set for activists. After a brief introduction to New York State (NYS) Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL), we'll review what FOIL requests look like and how to submit them! What is FOIL? FOIL is the law that allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies. So bring your questions for your favorite government agency! (They don't have to be about police!)

March 8, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested Donation: $5 (no one turned away)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573642059771744/

Every New York State or municipal department, board, bureau, division, commission, committee, public authority, public corporation, council, office or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function is subject to FOIL. Each of those governmental entities is an “agency.”

For this clinic, we'll be looking at NYS and specifically we'll focus on:
-A brief history of FOIL in NYS
-The law as its written
-the general process

Please join us!

Saturday Nut Fever! Squirrel Disco Fundraiser!

Squirrel Disco Fundraiser
Come out and boogie with old and new friends.

Get your disco on at this social gathering / dance party to benefit the Flying Squirrel Community Space. Light refreshments. $5 suggested donation, if ya got it… Live DJ set; Kameron is taking requests starting now!

When: Saturday February 2 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Where: Flying Squirrel Community Space 285 Clarissa Street
Rochester, NY
Open to all, however anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Asking for a $5 donation to help support the Squirrel, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2267437740162427/

No alcohol allowed.
Dressing up in disco attire is encouraged.

Consent 201: Getting Beyond the Basics

Consent 201: Getting Beyond the Basics

Monday, February 4, 2019
6pm - 8pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St. Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away) Join us!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/339219690014633/

Often the term consent is believed merely to encompass permission related to sexual activity. Though this aspect of the conversation is important and necessary, it is only one piece of the story. Consent is a highly personal ideology, influenced by lived experience and aspects of identity. Facilitators will build upon attendees’ lived experiences through discussion and interactive activities. We aim for attendees to leave with a greater understanding of consent as it relates to sexual activity as well as everyday interactions. The workshop will be presented by the Rochester’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Task Force.

The Flying Squirrel Community Space is offering intentional programming for 2019. The months of January and February are dedicated to issues of consent and patriarchy. We are also offering one practical activist skillshare or workshop per month.

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