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May 2010 Update
Opportunity Listings
Resource Listings
Advocacy Alert

Gov. proposes 40% budget cuts for the arts!
Act Now!

On April 27, 2010, Governor David Paterson announced a revised Executive Budget proposal for the 2010-11 fiscal year. This new proposal recommends a 40% cut to NYSCA's Local Assistance (grant making) funding for the 2010-11 fiscal year, and the same amount for the following 2011-12 allocation.
His proposal will slash funding from $41.6 million in 09-10 to $25.2 million, making this the largest state agency cut.
He also proposed a 12% cut to state operations...from $5.29 million to $4.84.  We cannot let this proposal go unchallenged!
TELL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS and the LEADERSHIP in Albany to reject the Governor's proposal. Tell them what your organization will have to do if its NYSCA funding were cut by 40%.  

Email them, call them, send a fax, make a YouTube video and send it to them.
Make it personal; Make it poignant; Make it persuasive.
Make it urgent.

The Governor's proposal reduces the state's per capita spending on the arts from $2.48 to 77 CENTS, dropping NY below the national average of 90 cents and putting us at 26th in the nation. All this in a state where the arts have an economic impact of $25.7 BILLION dollars, generates more than 345,000 jobs, in 54,000 arts business.

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Contact your local New York State Senator or State Assemblyman and say "NO!" to these cuts.

Keep the Arts Alive in New York State!

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NEW Opportunity Listings!

-James Joyce 2010 Writing Contest (Calls for Entry)
-Job Listing for YMCA (Jobs/Grants)
Opportunity Listings
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Calls for Entry

The James Joyce 2010 Writing Contest seeks essays and short stories relating to James Joyce or his works from high school seniors and all college students in Central New York. Cash prize awards totaling $500 are sponsored by Le Moyne College. The winners will also receive attractive Joyce award certificates.  The Scholarship Awards are intended to recognize intellectual curiosity of our young people while promoting the awareness in our schools of Joyce's contribution to modern literature.  Awards to be presented Bloomsday, Wednesday June 16, at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, Syracuse.  Deadline for submissions: Postmarked by Friday, May 21 or received electronically by Tuesday, May 25, Click HERE for more information.

RFP for Public Art on Southside The Southside TNT Planning Council and the Syracuse Public Art Commission seek to commission a sculpture to be located at the Beauchamp Branch Library within the Southside 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 Southside TNT Public Art Committee will administer the selection and installation process.  Deadline for RFP: Monday, May 17, 2010, Click HERE for more information.

Plowshares Craftsfair
Applications are now being accepted for the 40th annual Plowshares Craftsfair.
The Craftsfair will be held December 4 and 5 at Nottingham High School.  Application deadline is May 17, Visit for more info.

Everson's 60/60 Event  The Everson Members' Council is looking for artists to participate as contributors in the second annual 60/60 event at the Everson on June 18.   Artists are invited to create or finish an original work of art in 60 minutes, between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. During this time, guests will enjoy an open bar and hors d'oeuvres while mingling and observing as the artists work. Guests will also have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to enter to win the art work of their choice. At 6:30 pm the raffle will be drawn and winners will be asked to take their prize home with them. The artworks are generously donated by the participating artists. 60 artists will be accepted to participate in order of receipt of their hard copy, completed application form. Visit for more information.

Stone Canoe Art Awards Stone Canoe, a Journal of Arts and Ideas from Upstate New York, will offer a new set of prizes for its 2011 edition, designed specifically for Syracuse City School District (SCSD) high school students. Funded by the Gifford Foundation, the prizes will be awarded in four categories, conforming to the four primary content areas featured in the journal: visual arts, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Students currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 in the SCSD will be eligible to submit entries. The prize winners in each category will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and their entries will be published in Stone Canoe Number 5, scheduled for publication in January 2011.  All entries must be sent to the journal via the website, Deadline is Sept. 30.

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

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



The YMCA is looking for an art educator/teaching artist to instruct at Day Camp Iroquois from June 28 to August 20. This position is Monday-Friday approximately 40 hours per week. For more information, contact Kat Kane, Arts Studio Director, East Area Family YMCA at (315) 637-2025 ext. 216 or

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

Leadership Greater Syracuse
, CNY's premier community leadership training organization, is seeking applicants for 2011 class. LGS is dedicated to recruiting, equipping, engaging and uniting present and future leaders of all ages, experiences and backgrounds committed to making a difference in their communities.
Each 50-member class represents a cross-section of local business, education, manufacturing, nonprofit and government organizations. The LGS program teaches program participants about community leadership, empowerment, group dynamics, community opportunities and trends, and transforming communities using its assets while solving problems. By years end, class members have forged strong bonds with each other as they approach challenges by using their collective talents and experience.  For more information on applying, visit

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.

Y Arts Spring II Session 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 began 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.