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December 2009
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NYS Budget Advocacy Alert

Proposed Cuts:

Gov. Paterson proposed billions of dollars in spending cuts in the current 2009-10 budget seeking to close a deficit for this year that he projects at $3 billion. In addition, he also described a dire financial picture for New York as the state faces a deficit of nearly $50 billion over the next three and a half years. Click on the governor's plan, to see the full description of his proposed cuts.


The time is now. Send this email to your legislators.

NYS ARTS has created a letter for you to send to your legislators. Forward this email to your friends and colleagues, members of your Board, ticket holders, and everyone you know who cares about the arts.

Start setting up appointments NOW to meet with your legislators at home.
Discuss the impact of the arts in your community. You know the drill: letters, brochures, stories that tug at the heart and at the economic epicenter of our communities.
Need your legislator's contact information?

National Endowment for the Arts Budget Increased:

Congress passed a $12.5 million funding increase as part of the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill
for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

President Obama signed this bill into law October 31.The two federal grantmaking cultural agencies will now each have budgets of $167.5 million, their highest funding levels in 16 years.

Arts Day in Albany
is February 2:


Get ready to make a difference!!  Save the date!

Cultural Resources Council

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Cultural Resources Council
is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
A Letter from the
Executive Director

Dear Friends of the
Cultural Resources Council,

I am so pleased to be writing to you in this new edition of CRC's newsletter and share with you some of what has been accomplished this past year as well as what is upcoming for  2010.

Grants: CRC was able to re-grant close to $240,000 to art groups and artists across CNY through the generosity of the NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA); and the support of Senator John DeFrancisco.  CRC is just finishing up next year's re-granting process, which totals $91,000 in NYSCA funds, while we continue to look for additional sources of money for re-grants.  

CRC is grateful to have also been given a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc. to be used for strategic planning, a process that we have already started.  As CRC has more information regarding this strategic initiative we will be sharing that, as well as where, when and how we will be engaging our stakeholders.

New Board Members: CRC is fortunate to have added several new board members during 2009.  They include Mary Avrakotos, ARTSwego Coordinator; Catherine Gerard, Director, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School at SU; Sandra N. Hurd is SU's Deputy Associate Provost, Academic Programs and Acting Dean, Graduate School, Law and Public Policy; while Mr. Patrick O'Connor has returned to the Board after stepping down in 2007 to act as CRC's interim director. 

Advocacy:  CRC is now serving as the administrator for the Arts and Culture Leadership Alliance. You can find information about ACLA on our NEW website I also now serve as a regional captain for NYS ARTS, our statewide arts advocacy organization.

A few final notes.

I would like to invite all of you to come and celebrate the holidays by attending a performance of "The Adventures of Rudolph" at the Crouse Hinds Concert Theater.  (There are still tickets available as of this writing.) While CRC is gearing for this 31st year anniversary production we also have on the horizon, for 2010, the Michael Harms Theater Festival and the ON MY OWN TIME exhibit.

As you may have already guessed this has been a busy and challenging year at CRC.  Along with other CNY arts and cultural organizations, CRC has had to navigate its way through tough economic times.  CRC has met these challenges proactively with realistic and at times difficult decisions.

I am very grateful for the support the community has shown to both CRC and myself during this year of transition. At this time of Thanksgiving I want us all to be grateful for the many bright spots I've mentioned in this correspondence.  I am excited about CRC's future and I am focused on meeting the needs of CNY's arts and cultural community.   I wish you all the best for the holiday season.


Stephen Butler
Executive Director
CRC News


NYFA MARK10 CRC is pleased to be partnering with NYFA to bring MARK10 to the Syracuse area.  MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts' (NYFA) new statewide six-month program for visual artists who want a unique opportunity for individualized focus on the professional side of their creative practice. Application Due December 1


Cultural BlueprintsThe Adventures of Rudolph The Council presents our annual holiday show for children.  Join Rudolph and friends on their unforgettable adventure as Evil Witch Winter Grey tries to ruin Christmas.  This narrated ballet will be performed by dancers from Center of Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse
; Performance on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 AM at the Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Theater; Tickets ($9.50-$13.50) are available at the Syracuse Symphony box office, Call 315.424.8200. Click HERE for more information.

Volunteers Wanted during the mornings on Dec. 9, 10 & 11, 2009 to help with school day performances of The Adventures of Rudolph.  Call Mitch at 315.435.2155 or email with "Rudolph Volunteer" in the subject line.

Shop for the Arts

The Arts Covenant &
Syracuse First Week

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of art. By purchasing a local work of art or gift certificate to a local performance, you support, strengthen and cultivate our artists, community and local economy.  You fulfill your arts covenant and put Syracuse First.  The following two initiatives have been launched this year.

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The Arts Covenant

The Arts Covenant is a movement in CNY that calls upon everyone to support the rich cultural and artistic life of our community by committing to four simple acts over a year's time:

1. Purchase three original works of art to honor the creative work of CNY artists.

2. Attend at least one arts event from a culture other than your own to explore our community's diversity

3. Attend one event in an art form you don't usually choose.

4. Get involved. Support an arts institution you haven't supported before. For example: volunteer, take an arts course, join a story circle, a dance company or a chorus, become a sponsor or underwriter.

YOU decide how to keep your Arts Covenant agreement.  For a limited time, first fifty get free locally made tee shirt. Check it out HERE.

Syracuse First Week logoShop Syracuse First Week

Nov. 27- Dec. 6, 2009
is "Shop Syracuse First Week,"
 started by Syracuse First, a non profit organization committed to preserving the character & vitality of Greater Syracuse's economy, community networks and natural beauty by promoting the importance of purchasing from locally-owned, independent businesses.

According to their website...

-For every $100 spent at a locally owned, independent business, $73 STAYS in the community compared  to $43 when spent at a national chain or big-box store.

-Only a 10% shift in market share from national or global businesses to locally owned independents would result in $130 million in new economic activity in Onondaga County.

Their message: Buy Local, or Bye Bye Local!

Opportunity Listings
Please click on titles for links to more info.
If a link doesn't work, contact

Calls for Entry

Cortland Arts and Wine Festival Over 60 artists set up on the lawn throughout the Courthouse Park for the 2009 show. Over $1,000 in prizes will be distributed including $100.00 for Best of Show. Takes place in Cortland, NY on Aug. 7, 2010; deadline June 1, 2010


Grants at the Cultural Resources Council:
2010 Decentralization and Individual Artist Grant deadlines have passed.  2011 Applications will be due in October 2010

Resource Listings

African Dance Taught by Nana Anim, $10/class,
all levels welcome, Tuesdays at Westcott Community Center from 5:30 - 7 PM, for info call 315.559.4248

Open Figure Drawing
$8 drop in fee, Wednesdays at Westcott Community Center from 7 - 10 PM, for info call Iver Johnson 315.475.3400

Studio and Healing Art Classes $80/month for adults and $60/m for teens or $20 workshops or private lessons; classes in drawing, painting, clay works, jewelry making, etc. at Liverpool Art Center, ongoing

Other A resource sharing website, administered by the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, for Central New York nonprofits and businesses.

ToolsForPainters.Com is a new seller of top quality materials and equipment for professional artists started by local artist John Fitzsimmons.  Inventory includes tempered glass palettes, brush cleaners, needle applicators, coming soon, Kolibri brushes from Germany, LUBBERNUBBERS.  "Good Stuff for Serious Artists"

How to Submit

If you have information on an opportunity or resource available to the local arts community including calls for entry, grants, job postings, workshops, classes, etc., please email Courtney Rile at Include basic information and a link to where details can be found online or, if no online presence is available, a contact phone number.  The submission deadline is the 15th of each month prior to publication. Thank you.