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WXXI wins seven Telly Awards

August 30, 2023

(Rochester, NY) August 30, 2023 – WXXI has won seven Telly Awards, which honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Arts InFocus: 10 Years of the Rochester Fringe Festival, ROC City Rides, and art/WORK garnered gold Telly Awards. A Good Life and PRELUDE l The Legacy of Garth Fagan received silver Telly Awards, while Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa and WXXI Arts InFocus: Joshua Rashaad McFadden brought home bronze awards.

More about the gold winners
Arts InFocus: 10 Years of the Rochester Fringe Festival 
celebrates the unexpected, quirky, creative, and dynamic multi-arts festival. Through video, photography, and interviews with performers, staff, and audience, it explores how this beloved Rochester institution came to be and what makes it so successful and unique.

ROC City Rides, a co-production between WXXI and the City of Rochester, is a four-part series that explores Rochester’s many trails and parks on a bike. The host guides viewers on the trails and shares history, bike maintenance, trail safety, and more.

art/WORK is a 4-part digital series from CITY magazine that spotlights those working in the arts sector in Rochester. Curators of visual art, seasons of theater, film festivals, and musical performances join CITY’s arts reporter Rebecca Rafferty to discuss what it takes to do what they do.

More about the silver winners
A Good Life
takes an intimate look into the lives of six adults living with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families. The film shares the challenges and opportunities they face, while leading national experts and historians in the field offer insight. It was produced in conjunction with Move to Include™, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. 

PRELUDE l The Legacy of Garth Fagan takes viewers on a journey through the twists and turns of the Tony Award-winning choreographer’s storied, collaborative, and prolific career. The production is made possible with support provided by Nocon and Associates, A Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC; Jacqueline Davis, Dance Professor Emerita, SUNY Brockport; Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Community Foundation; Jane K. and Robert C. Stevens Fund for New Programming. PRELUDE is being nationally distributed by American Public Television.

More about the bronze winners
Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa
explores the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa by sharing seven real-life stories of impact. These stories reveal how each principle plays a role in the Black community, illustrated through cultural elements of dance, storytelling, music, and spoken word. This documentary is being nationally distributed by American Public Television.

WXXI Arts InFocus: Joshua Rashaad McFadden offers a behind-the-scenes look at photographer and professor Joshua Rashaad McFadden as he returns home to unveil the latest evolution of his deeply personal body of work at the George Eastman Museum. Consisting of work from seven different series, “I Believe I’ll Run On” chronicles the intimacies of Black life in the United States.

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The Telly Awards recognizes work that has been created on the behalf of a client, for a specific brand and/or company or self-directed as a creative endeavor.


About WXXI
WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to for more information about our services and programs. 


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