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April 2010
CRC News
2010 DEC Grant Recipient Update
Opportunity Listings
Resource Listings

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Local Info Session Coming Up For New York State Cultural Data Project


Is your organization one of the more than 1,650+ already taking part in the New York State Cultural Data Project? If not, now is a great time to attend a demonstration and discussion to help you get started with the CDP. Either in-person or via webinar, learn how you can begin to use this powerful management tool, free of charge!

Red House Arts Center
April 5, 2010
2:00 - 3:30 pm
To Register Click HERE

Attend a free demonstration and discussion.
These 90-minute demonstration and discussion sessions will give you an overview of the New York State CDP and everything you need to get started using it.

Questions?  Learn more by visiting
New Hours at
The Warehouse Community
Art Wing

Greg LaSpina is now
at the Warehouse mini-cluster on
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11 - 3 PM
to assist local artists
and groups with advice, their art portfolios, and/or web sites. These hours will last through early May.

Click HERE to visit the Community Art Wing Website.
Click HERE to learn more
about Greg LaSpina.

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is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

In this month's newsletter:
-Report on two 2010 DEC Grant Recipients
-Great Opportunity Listings including two RFPs for Public Art projects

CRC News

ArtsDay2010On My Own Time 2010 kicked off its 37th year with a luncheon held at Saratoga Steaks and Seafood in Syracuse on March 25. Twenty-five company representatives, judges, and organizers attended the event to plan activities for the annual program, a cooperative effort between the business and arts communities. Employees from 14 local companies will submit their original art from a wide range of mediums to display at their work sites. Selections from each in-house show will be displayed at the Everson this coming fall.  Interested organizations have until April 1 to join this year's program. Call 315.435.2162 or e-mail for more information. 
Above Right Image: Jeff Titus, "Tops" (Photograph) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Michael Harms Theatre Festival will be held this year at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY, from Friday April 23rd through Sunday, April 25, 2010.  If you have questions about this year's event please call Mr. Wright at 315.435.2158.

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

2010 DEC Grant Recipient Update

We thought we'd check in to see how a couple of the projects are going for 2010 DEC Grant Recipients.

What are DEC Grants?
Decentralization (DEC) grants, through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), foster the continuing development of local cultural resources that reflect communities' needs. CRC distributes NYSCA funds throughout Onondaga, Cortland, and Oswego Counties to ensure the vitality and diversity of the art and cultural scene in  Central New York (CNY).  Funded programs cover a wide range of art and cultural venues including concerts, theatrical performances, music, crafts and drawing classes, poetry, sculpture, museum exhibitions, festivals, and much more.  DEC grants seek to give local groups assistance in providing artistic programming to their own neighborhoods.

Open City logoThe Great Central Depot in the Open City is a new media public art project that explores the resonances of local abolitionist histories in contemporary society.

This project will result in the creation of monumental-sized early cinematography devices to project and animate a community dialogue about Syracuse's abolition past as it relates to contemporary social conditions in the city.

Three weeks will be spent developing the project in a storefront workshop in downtown Syracuse, open to the public. In addition to building the elements for a large scale public event, meetings and workshops will be held in the storefront with local community groups and organizations working on contemporary issues of social justice. This project will culminate in a one night, community event.

Open City Workshop May 17 - June 4, 2010 held at
XL Projects, 307 Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY

Outdoor Event weekend of June 4, 2010 held at
Lipe Art Park on Fayette & Seneca Streets, Syracuse, NY

Partners for this project include the Community Folk Art Center, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Home and the Art School in the Art School.

"Family 9: Vincent Sgambati, Mona Sgambati, and Jack Stevens," photo by Ellen M. Blalock
Ellen Blalock Family9
The CNY Pride Family Project is a portrait of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) families in Central New York communities. This will be a multimedia exhibition including video, photographs, writings and audio.

The first exhibition will be installed at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue in Syracuse, New York during the month of June 2011.

In 2007 Ellen M. Blalock collaborated with Light Work and LGBT Association at Syracuse University on a campus exhibition of CNY Pride Families. Although Love Makes A Family was exhibited at Syracuse University a year prior, CNY Pride Families exhibition was important because it put a local face on the LGBT families. Some families only included domestic partners, some included children, ex-partners, grandparents and pets. Some writings were done by children explaining what it is like to have two moms. Some partners included the vows from their union ceremony. The process of making these portraits turned into a celebration of families, to show and share the love, their strength and their togetherness.

The current project includes more families, more diversity, video, and audio.

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

Calls for Entry

RFP for Public Art on Eastside The Eastside TNT Planning Council and the Syracuse Public Art Commission seek to commission a sculpture to be located at one of two potential locations within the Eastside neighborhood of Syracuse, NY. The total project budget is $6,000 for design, fabrication and installation. The piece will become part of the City of Syracuse's permanent art collection. Two locations have been designated as possible sites; artists may apply for one or both sites. The Eastside TNT Public Art Committee will determine the final site and administer the selection and installation process.  Deadline for RFP: Monday, April 19, 2010

RFP for Public Art on Westside The Westside TNT Planning Council and the Syracuse Public Art Commission seek to commission a sculpture to be located at the Hazard Branch Library within the Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, NY. The total project budget is $6,000 for design, fabrication and installation. The piece will become part of the City of Syracuse's permanent art collection. The Westside TNT Public Art Committee will administer the selection and installation process. Deadline for RFP: Monday, April 26, 2010

Call for Photographers
Now through Oct. 2010, photographers are invited to take pictures of The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and submit seasonal photos monthly to The Art and Exhibition Committee for inclusion in the 2011 Art Park Calendar. Every photographer that is registered will have at least one photo in an exhibition scheduled for Sun. July 24, 2011 - Aug. 14, 2011 in the Winner Art Gallery located on the Art Park grounds.  Cost to submit: $35 ($25 for members).  For more info and to receive a registration form, contact

Mayday! Underground Crafts + Art
Indie style show in Rochester looking for vendors from all over upstate NY. Will be held in downtown Rochester on May 1.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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. Taking 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. Please keep checking our website and Face book pages as new opportunities may arise during the course of the year.

Resource Listings

Summerfame - Oswego Summer Theatre Institute A musical theatre experience on Oswego's lakeside campus.  The Summerfame experience is a special residential, intensive experience for students entering grades 9 -12 to train in several performance disciplines: acting, vocal music, dance, musical theatre and technical theatre. Takes place July 18 - 30, 2010.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Registration begins on April 5 for Y Arts Spring II Session, which means you can register for classes in pottery, drawing, painting, ballroom dance, jazz and ballet. Classes are available to everyone, from preschoolers through adults. Each session lasts for 6 weeks and all art materials are supplied by the Y Arts Studio. Open to YMCA Members and Non-members. Classes begin the week of April 26.  Private music lessons also available in guitar, drums, violin, voice, piano and wind instruments.  All Y Arts classes are taught by professional artists, musicians and dancers.  For a complete description of classes and fees visit www.ymcaofgreatersyracuse.orgor contact Kat Kane, Arts Studio Director at 637-2025 ext 216.

Glass Classes Glass artist Amber Blanding offers instruction at Brennan Stained Glass Studio every Tuesday 6-9pm for Hot Glass Bead Making and every Thursday 6-9pm for Fused Glass Jewelry classes. There are also ongoing Stained Glass Classes every Wednesday night from 6-9pm taught by Brennan's staff. Once you take a class in the basics of either glass class you can come in for Open Studio Time and use the fully equipped studio by the hour. 

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.

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.