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.

Artists' Statement regarding the Black Lives Matter mural!

[Dug this out of a stack of papers! From the Summer of 2017.]

Roc Paint Division
Wall Therapy Sketch
Artist Statement

Artists–Nzinga Muhammad, age 17, Etana Browne, age 17, & Kaori-Mei Stephens, age 17

Our concept for this mural is Black Lives Matter. It specifically highlights black diversity, with each portrait representing a loose version of the artists. Mei is Afro-Asian, Etana is Afro-Caribbran, and Nzinga is a Black Muslim.

We felt that this concept fits our experiences in America as young black girls, and is also an attempt to reach other young black girls like us who need to see positive representations of blackness and our diversity.

The quote: “Respect existence or expect resistance” was chosen because we felt that our experiences and cultures should be recognized and not whitewashed or erased into society. They should be celebrated and protected.

The magnolia tree adds vibrancy, color, beauty, and life to the wall.

The three artists were also in the press!

And don't forget to check out Roc Paint Division's webpage!

Bringing DOWN A Dictator, a screening

Come watch BRINGING DOWN A DICTATOR at the Flying Squirrel! As we enter the second year of 45's presidency, it might be good of us to learn how other contemporary social movements brought down their dictators.

Monday, January 29, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $5
Facebook event:

Slingshot organizers will be on hand for sale! Spiral bound = $16 and Pocket bound = $8. All proceeds go to the Flying Squirrel Community Space.

What is "Bringing Down A Dictator"?
Bringing Down A Dictator is a 56-minute documentary film by Steve York about the nonviolent defeat of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. It focuses on the contributions of the student-led Otpor! movement. The film originally aired on national PBS in March 2002. It was narrated by Martin Sheen and won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Special Programming: Showing Up For Racial Justice

Special Programming

Because of the New Year, Monday Mayhem was canceled. However, the Rochester chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice has accepted our invitation to come to the Squirrel and give a presentation on who they are and what they do!

Monday, January 15, 2018
7PM - 9PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Free and open to the public
Facebook event:

About SURJ:
As a chapter of the national SURJ organization, SURJ ROC's purpose is to support the missions of People of Color-led racial justice groups in the Rochester area in their fight against oppression and inequality. We educate white people about privilege and white supremacy and organize white people to act for racial justice with passion and accountability.


-Calling people in, not calling people out
-Take risks, make mistakes, learn, and keep going
-Tap into mutual interest
-Accountability through collective action
-Enough for everyone
-Growing is good

Check out their website:

What is Monday Mayhem?
On the first Monday of every month, the Flying Squirrel hosts special programming that forgoes the technical and logistical concerns of running an open-use community space in order to take a closer look at the impact of our actions on the community and our potential as a catalyst for change.

Slingshot organizers (spiral and pocket sized) will also be on sale as a fundraiser for the Flying Squirrel.

Wrongfully Accused: Seeking the Support of the ROC Community

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:30 - 8:30pm
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.

My family and I will discuss the reasons why we believe what was supposed to be a fun night out on the town led to us being targeted, wrongfully accused and kicked out of a local bar for allegedly bringing a liquor bottle inside the establishment.

We documented most of the interaction and the video went viral, reaching close to 90K people.

On Thursday, December 7, our family will share our experience from that night and what has developed since.

Did we have a bottle and if not, why were we kicked out? Did race play a role? How has the community responded? Was this an isolated incident? Where do we go from here?

Don't be afraid to talk about racisim when you experience it! Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about minoriities recognizing discrimination and calling it out wherever it exist!

Brunch Fundraiser for the Flying Squirrel!

Once again, the Flying Squirrel Community Space brings you a delicious brunch and community gathering on daylight savings time. Come bask in the goodness and support an important community resource at the same time!

Sunday, November 5, 2017
10AM - 1:30PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Suggested donation: $10

There will be a 50/50 raffle! Tickets: $1 / ticket or $5 for 6 tickets

Also get your 2018 Slingshot organizers (small are $5 and big are $10). All proceeds go to the Flying Squirrel!

We're still raising money for our new roof!

Remember to set your clocks back an hour the night before!

Vegan Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup*
Tofu Scramble*
Home Fries*
Scrambled Eggs
Ali''s vegan french toast casserole with a cashew praline topping*
Organic and Fair Trade Coffee
Orange Juice
*=vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey)

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