CRC Newsletter

May 2011  
Opportunity Listings
Resource Listings
Arts Advocacy

New Developments for Arts Education

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The following is news from Americans for the Arts Action Fund...

"With a recent budget victory, high visibility on Capitol Hill, and three new arts education reports being released, arts education advocates are gathering momentum to impact education policy nationally.

On April 15, Congress and the president approved the FY 2011 appropriations bill which included restoration of the federal Arts In Education program - the only education program to be restored from being cut or terminated earlier in the year. This is a huge victory! This was directly following a successful grassroots advocacy campaign by 550 advocates from across the country who joined actors Alec Baldwin, Hill Harper, Kerry Washington, and Kevin Spacey during the national Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to support the arts and arts education.

Last week, Americans for the Arts published its National Arts Policy Roundtable final report which captures the recommendations from an event co-convened at the Sundance Preserve by President and CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch, and Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute. Officials from both the U.S. Department of Education and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities participated in the National Arts Policy Roundtable. The report identifies four key recommendations, including the need for increased research, strong public policy support, and better casemaking efforts from the field.

These recommendations arrive at an important time. The chairmen of the House and Senate education committees in Congress have promised action soon on the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind). Most immediately, the need for increased federal research cited in the National Arts Policy Roundtable recommendations will be answered, in part, by two new federal studies being released this week:

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics is releasing the preview of a study on the national status and condition of arts education -- it has been almost a decade since the last one was published! The full study is scheduled to be released by the end of 2011 and will be a key measurement of access to arts education.

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is set to release their study "Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools" which will promote successful arts education models and best practices as identified by this committee appointed by President Obama and chaired by the First Lady.

The momentum that has been built by recent advocacy on Capitol Hill and the boost from these national studies will serve the arts education field well as Congress considers education reforms later this year. Americans for the Arts will keep you informed on policy developments and call on advocates to take action when needed."


Art News

How will IRS Revocations Affect Your Nonprofit?  


There's a change in the handling of nonprofits that fail to file their 990 returns.   

The IRS will soon release the first Nonfiler Revocation List, identifying nonprofits whose tax-exempt status has been revoked for failure to file an annual return. Even if your organization is not on the list, the revocations could affect you.

Find out how by downloading a free copy of GuideStar's new report, "What Automatic Revocation of Nonprofit Tax Exemptions Means for You: A Review for Nonprofits, Grantmakers, and Donors."

Written by GuideStar staff, this short but thorough report:

-outlines the reasons behind the revocations;
-analyzes by organization type the nonprofits the IRS has identified as being at risk;
-defines how the revocations will affect different audiences; and
-lists resources where readers can get more information.

As many as 321,000 nonprofits may appear on the Nonfiler list. Anything affecting that many organizations has the potential to have broad impact throughout the nonprofit sector. Download "What Automatic Revocation of Nonprofit Tax Exemptions Means for You" to learn more.



Winners of 2011 Young Playwrights Festival Announced 


Each year Syracuse Stage challenges Central New York high school students to write original 10-minute plays and other performance pieces for entry into its annual Young Playwrights Festival contest. A panel of theatrical and literary professionals evaluates each student's play. Semifinalists are invited to a writing workshop at Syracuse Stage, where their plays are read and critiqued. Finalists are selected and staged readings of their plays are performed by SU Drama students at the annual Young Playwrights Festival.

Eight area high school students have been chosen as the winners of the 13th annual Young Playwrights Festival at Syracuse Stage. The winning works will be performed by students from Syracuse University's Department of Drama at a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9. This event is free and open to the public.

Winners of the 2011 Festival were chosen from more than 100 submissions from area high school students. A panel chose 13 semi-finalists to participate in a writing workshop. Those semi-finalists revised and resubmitted their scripts for final consideration.

The following eight people were chosen as the winners:

Kaitlyn Murphy,
Nate Goebel, Erica Fedigan, Megan Grosholz, Anthony Carno, Morgan Pflug, Kathleen Kennedy and Joseph M. Hall.


Semi-finalists include:

Stephen J Wright, Tevin Martin, Brianna Suslovic, Rhiannon Randall and Jane Kallmerten. 


Do you know about our CNY Arts Directory? 

Links to Arts and Culture Resources in CNY, including:
Art Classes and Workshops, Comedy, Dance, Film and Video, Lecture, Music, Opera, Public Art, Reading, Theater, Visual Arts, Festivals and Annual Events, Other Resources and Initiatives, and Studio Spaces

Visit the Directory HERE.

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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,

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...along with support by the Onondaga County Trust for Cultural Resources,

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...and Onondaga County.
News from the Cultural Resources Council:


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It was another year of wonderful performances and workshops at the Cultural Resources Council's 36th Annual Michael Harms Theater Festival, which is designed to foster students' interest in theater and enhance their theatre skills. More that 140 students and adults participated in this year's Festival, which took place on Saturday, April 30 on the campus of Cayuga Community College. Participants were from two high schools - Jamesville-DeWitt and Skaneateles - and three community groups - La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, The Media Unit, and Oswego Children's Theater.

La Joven Guardia del Tetro LatinoAt the Festival, participating groups and students were recognized for their excellent work, both of on and off stage, through awards and scholarships.

Scholarships were awarded to BriAnna Kent (Henninger High School/The Media Unit), the $1500 Michael Harms Scholarship; JJ Davis (Jamesville-DeWitt High School), a $750 Cultural Resources Scholarship; Alexander Feuerstien (The Media Unit), the $300 Josh Jaquin Memorial Scholarship; Kaylee LeRoy (Solvay High School), a $250 Cultural Resources Scholarship; and Gabriella Whiting (Skaneateles High School), the $100 New York State Theatre Education Association Scholarship.

Drood Michael Harms Theater Festival 2011At the awards ceremony, the Festival's Award of Excellence was presented to Skaneateles High School for its performance of excerpts from The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Technical Achievement Award was presented to The Media Unit for its presentation of Facts of Life, and Certificates of Achievement were awarded for individual work onstage to: Gleydis Meriņo Bacallo (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino), Brittany Fayle (Jamesville-DeWitt High School), Dan Lemp (Skaneateles High School), Jessica Varona James (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, and Kimberly Seipio (La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino); and collectively to Oswego Children's Theater for Excellence in Hair and Makeup Design.

JD Michael Harms Theater Festival 2011This year's respondents, those who critiqued the performances and chose the scholarship and awards recipients, were Rose Bonczek - head of the BFA acting program at Brooklyn College, Maria E. Marrero - Professor of Theatre Design and Technology in the Syracuse University Department of Drama, and William S. Morris- Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Le Moyne College. Robert Frame - Director of Theatre Operations for CCC and Technical Director for the Festival - chose the recipient of the Josh Jaquin Memorial Scholarship.

There were six workshops presented at this year's Festival, lead by professionals in their fields: Timothy Davis-Reed - Professor in the Syracuse University Drama Department, Carey Eidel - managing director of Auburn Public Theater, Jeff Glave - Broadway and Hollywood scenic artist, Dan Ozminkowski - Broadway and Hollywood lighting designer, Kevin Shumway - adjunct professor in the Syracuse University Drama Department, and Shannon Tompkins - local, award-winning director and choreographer.

The Michael Harms Theater Festival is a program of the Cultural Resources Council in partnership with Cayuga Community College, and is supported, in part, with funds from the F. Michael Harms Memorial Fund of the CNY Community Foundation, Senator John DeFrancisco, the New York State Council on the Arts, Onondaga County, Onondaga County Trust for Cultural Resources, and New York State Parks and Recreation.

Read the article on "Michael Harms Theater Festival a valuable asset to the students of Central New York"

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the Festival page on the CRC's website.

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Fifteen Local Organizations
Join On My Own Time 2011 

The Cultural Resources Council, in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art, is pleased to announce the 38th annual On My Own Time participating organizations!

The Frog (Pencil Drawing) by Diane Shumway of Oswego County BOCES 2010
The Frog (Pencil Drawing) by Diane Shumway of Oswego County BOCES
(On My Own Time 2010)

WRVO - Lead Media Sponsor

Upstate Medical University - Gold Level participating company

Axa Advisors LLC
City of Syracuse
  Counseling Services

County of Onondaga
Liverpool Art Center
Lockheed Martin

O'Brien & Gere
L. & J. G. Stickley
Syracuse Stage
Syracuse University

This month and next, each business will host its own exhibit of employees' original visual art pieces, created in a wide range of mediums. These individual exhibits will be adjudicated by a panel of local professional artists, and selected pieces will become part of a special exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art from September 17 through October 16, 2011.


For information about On My Own Time, please click
HERE or call the On My Own Time line at 315.435.2162.

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

Calls for Artists / Auditions


Syracuse Stage Local Equity Auditions Actors auditioning for roles in the upcoming 2011-2012 season must be members of the Actors' Equity Association and should bring a headshot and resume. If auditioning for straight plays, actors should prepare two brief contrasting monologues. If auditioning for the musical Caroline, or Change, please prepare one contemporary monologue and one song (an accompanist will be available). Auditions will take place  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 5 and May 6 at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. Please call 315-443-4008 to schedule an appointment.   


Art on the Porches is an art show, sale, and celebration of the historic Strathmore neighborhood featuring local artists who design and create original works of art. Artists will be displaying and selling their work from the spacious porches and lawns of the beautiful homes along Ruskin Avenue. In its 11th year, Art on the Porches is scheduled for Sat., June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The application deadline is May 7th, 2011. To receive an application, email your request to  


Rarely Done Season Auditions Rarely Done Productions announces the 2011-2012 season auditions. Please click HERE for shows and details. Auditions will be held May 9 and May 11 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Jazz Central.      



Call for Vendors for Funky Flea Funky Flea is a bazaar of bric-a-brac and what-nots, gadgets, gizmos, thingamabobs, and whatchamacallits. It will take place in a vacant lot on the corner of Marcellus and Wyoming Streets in the Near-Westside neighborhood of Syracuse on Sat., June 4 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Funky Flea is  looking for people who are selling things that are, well...funky! If you have retro collectibles, re-purposed furniture, vintage anything, hand-made crafts, artwork, records, thrift store finds, or just that stuff around the house that you love but don't have room for, sell it at the Funky Flea! Click HERE to apply to be a vendor now thru May 21. 


Civic Morning Musicals seeks Performers  The Program Committee of CMM is receiving applications for the 2011-12 Season of the Wednesday Recital Series at the Everson Museum. You may apply to perform at Follow the prompt at the top of the page. Music programmed for your recital should be 35 to 45 minutes in length. Longer programs will be considered, for reasons such as presenting a complete cycle or work.  Applications from highly talented and accomplished young people are encouraged. Teachers are certainly aware of such students in their studios, and should encourage them to apply. A CD of recent work or an active URL of an online performance will be required of all first-time applicants.  For more info, contact John Spradling at or 315-424-3984.  Application deadline is Sun., May 15, 11:59 pm.    


A Sense of Drawing: Figure Drawing Workshops  

A Sense of Drawing Figure Drawing Workshopsgathers 11 of the region's top artists and art educators to lead two days of lessons, workshops, and demonstrations on figurative drawing, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. May 20 and 21 in Shaffer Art Building, at Syracuse University. Presented by Open Figure Drawing, a non-profit drawing group for people of all abilities. Cost: $60 for both days in advance; $35 per day at door. Register at or call (315) 677-5272.  


SyrFilmFest '11 The Syracuse International Film Festival accepts submissions from professional film and video makers, and has a special category for Central New York filmmakers. In order to qualify, an artist must be a native of Central New York residing elsewhere, presently reside in Central New York, or have received his/her education in Central New York. Central New York films, while singled out for prizes, must qualify under the general prescreening rules. All films are prescreened blind, and there are no acceptances based on any criteria other than the quality of the film. The festival accepts works from all countries. Cash awards of up to $5,000 will be given in all categories. There were more than 18 award categories in the 2010 festival.  All members of the selection jury will be professional film and/or video artists/critics. The festival will be held Oct. 13-17, 2011.  Deadline extended to May 20. 



RFP for Mural in Crouse Hospital Open to all artists. Through the Community Arts Grant, NYSCA Decentralization Grant Program managed through the CRC, Crouse Hospital has received funds to commission a mural in a public area within the hospital. The area is just outside passenger elevators on a patient care floor in the Irving building. The space is divided into three walls with two elevators in between. The length of each wall is approximately 14', 8', and 9'. Interested artists should submit a sketch of their concept to Kristine Delaney, Library Manager, Crouse Hospital, 736 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. When sketches have been received, a committee will make final decisions on mural design. If you are interested in seeing the space, please call 315-470-7380 to schedule an appointment. Any artist over the age of 21 is eligible to enter. Artists may enter more than one mural design. The first half of the payment to the artist will be made when the commission is made and the second half when the mural is complete. Final date for sketch submission: May 30, 2011   


Stories Wanted Syracuse Stories is gathering stories about how Central New Yorkers engage the arts in our community. These stories will be shared live during the Syracuse Stories Festival in July 2011. If you like to tell stories and think you might like to participate, check out  about Syracuse Stories. We'd love to have you tell your "art" story during the July 30th Event at the Everson Museum of Art. It's during the Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival/ a multi-day Festival for story-telling/making to be held this July, 2011.  All individuals and cultural communities, organizations, businesses and neighborhoods are invited to sharing their stories through whatever form of artistic expressi on they choose.  For more information, visit or contact Mary Stanley at 



CNY Arts Covenant Artist Grants Competition The CNY Arts Covenant is holding a competition to design the rewards CNY Arts Covenant participants receive when they complete their four Arts Covenant agreements. Your artwork can be THE example of why Central New York is becoming an exciting art world. There is $4,000 in total of grant money available in for artists to create works. Click HERE for more information or contact Mary Stanley at 


Resource Listings   
Workshops/Classes/Group Meetings    


Community Darkrooms Classes and Workshops
Ongoing.  Visit their website HERE for more information. 

Clayscapes Pottery Adult classes in handbuilding and wheel throwing for all levels of experience.  Find info on current classes on

Wacheva Cultural Arts World Dance & Drum Classes
  in West African dance & drum, Salsa, Samba, NIA, Belly dance, Zumba, Kazoon (afro-modern), Flamenco , Ballroom and women's drumming; Mon. - Sun. Beginners welcome. Go to for the complete schedule, or call 315-396-0748. Classes are $10 adults, $7 students.

Downtown Writers Center
offers creative writing classes  and workshops on a regular basis.  For more information click HERE. 

Y Arts
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.  Private music lessons also available in guitar, drums, violin, voice, piano and wind instruments. For a complete description of classes and fees visit or contact Kat Kane, Arts Studio Director at 637-2025 ext 216.   

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

Other A resource sharing website, administered by the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, for Central New York nonprofits and businesses. The Oswego Arts Collaborative, a local service and advocacy organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for the economic development and sustainability of visual and performing arts, is compiling a list of artists and arts organizations interested in strengthening the cultural life of Oswego County. All artists, groups and

residents interested in receiving regular information about the Collaborative and its initiatives or in taking part in the mission of the Collaborative are asked to email

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