Vicie A. Rolling79 West Market Street, Corning during the inaugural Urban Arts Crawl on February 26, 2016

Corning, N.Y. - The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) welcomes you to a performance by Vicie Rolling at 79 West Market Street, Corning during the inaugural Urban Arts Crawl on February 26, 2016!

Vicie A. Rolling is a Teaching Artist, Writer, Poet and Performer who researches, writes and performs her own work. Her storytelling has extended into the public school arena where she has run workshops for children on the historical significance of slavery in the United States, which culminated in public performances by the children.

She has performed her one-woman shows for national audiences and local venues. Author of two books of poetry and 2 CD's she continues to work on telling the stories of lesser known people especially elder black women in American society. She firmly believes that "everybody has a story to tell.  The more we listen to the stories of others, the more we understand ourselves."

Vicie will be performing as Mary Washington, the daughter of the first Black police officer in Elmira. Framed through Mary's eyes, Vicie will tell the story of what it was like to be African-American in Elmira in the late 1870s and 1880s right after the Civil War when John Jones had identified and put to rest many Confederate soldiers in what is now Woodlawn Cemetery, and sheet music was the equivalent of downloads from the Internet.

A part of the Urban Arts Crawl, an arts experience occurring on the final Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, the free performance will begin at 6:00 pm, will run approximately 20 minutes, and is followed by a brief Q&A. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Learn more about Urban Arts Crawl at www.urbancorning.com/urban-arts-crawl/.

The Arts Crawl is the last night to view the art exhibit housed at The ARTS Council and entitled Inspired by Black Voices, a program of the folklore exhibit, Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place. Black Voices of Corning is a joint project of The ARTS Council and the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. It can be viewed until Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place is supported by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes