Victor Central Schools is proud to announce its new Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Hall of Fame. The program was created to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of outstanding alumni, staff and community members who have excelled in the arts. It was also established to inspire current students to make contributions to the arts by reconnecting those selected for the hall of fame with our students, staff and community.
Candidates for the Visual and Performing Arts Hall of Fame can be nominated in one of four categories:
Theatre: Benjamin Alexander Barbash
The Victor Arts Hall of Fame committee honored its 2023 inductee, Benjamin Alexander Barbash (Class of 1991), posthumously, at a special recognition ceremony during the October 12th Board of Education meeting. Barbash was a highly respected visionary, artist, businessman and a friend to all. After graduating from VCS, he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University . His career spanned from the east to the west coast. He worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. After, he returned to Victor where he established a fiber art center and served as the executive director of Valentown Hall. Later, Barbash returned to NYC for a job with Actor’s Equity and relocated to Los Angeles where he became the manager of a landmark motion picture theatre, the Fairfax. Barbash wanted to tie his passion to theater to some kind of legacy and heritage. He dreamed of implementing theater programs in shopping malls regionwide and developing a cultural corridor along Route 96 from Rochester to Oswego. According to Barbash’s father, “He could go out and bring people together in ways no one could think of.