CRC Newsletter

December 2011  
Seth Grodin Blog Artcile
The Adventures Of Rudolph
Ticket Scalpers
Update on Re-granting in CNY.
Winterfest 2012

SYRACUSE - Award-winning author Joseph Agonito, Ph.D., has released his newest book, Lakota Portraits:
Lives of the Legendary Plains People.

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Lakota Portraits weaves together revealing glimpses into the lives of the Lakota people, including both the prominent and lesser known - from Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Eagle Woman to Luther Standing Bear, Madonna Swan, and Frank Fool's Crow - to tell the story of their culture and history.
Examining the question of who the Lakota people are, Agonito explores the days of nomadic freedom on the Great Plains, internal struggles, conflicts generated by waves of European settlers and miners, clashes with white authorities, war with American soldiers, the loss of freedom, the countless challenges in transitioning to the reservation, and life on and off the reservation.
While numerous books tell the history of the Lakota, Lakota Portraits is unique in telling their story through the lives of various individuals who span that history. Each vignette reveals a piece of the larger narrative, painting a picture of a courageous, vibrant people, full of life and love for the Lakota nation and its ancestral homeland.
Agonito is also the author of Buffalo Calf Road Woman The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, winner of the 2006 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel.


Who comes on opening night?

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I understand the folks who wait for a creative work to come out in paperback, to be free on TV, the ones that get the half-price tickets at TKTS near the end of the run. They're cheap, at least when it comes to this particular sort of art.

I understand the audience that waits to read the reviews, that wants to hear from friends and anointed critics before they spend their money. They're careful.

So who comes on opening night? No discounts, no reviews, no warning...

The patrons come. For them, part of the attraction of art is that they don't know in advance if they're going to like it. They come for a simple reason: it feels good to support something because they can, not merely because it's a good value.

And the true fans come. They come because the artist has earned their trust. "If you made it, that's good enough for me," they say. They come because to not come is to not be a true fan, with all that entails.

Opening night is vitally important, of course. The critics come, word of mouth begins, the producers find enthusiasm and the guts to start work on their next play.

I guess the real question is: who would come to your opening? And the follow up is: what would happen after that?


To learn more about Seth Godin please click here.

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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Tickets to the public performance of the Cultural Resources Council's production of The Adventures of Rudolph are on sale now.Rudolph logo


Saturday, December 10 at 11am

A holiday tradition in Central New York, The Adventures of Rudolph is a narrated ballet for the whole family presented by the Cultural Resources Council, directed by Deborah Boughton, and performed by students from Dance Centre North. Click here for a synopsis of the production.

Ticket prices:  

Mezzanine Box Seats: $19  

Snowball Seats (Rows AA-FF & A-B): $14.50  

Mezzanine Seats: $13.50  

Orchestra & Balcony: $10

Buy 4 or more tickets and receive a $1 discount per ticket!

Call the box office at 315-476-7372

Click here to purchase tickets online.

All performances will take place in the Crouse Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.

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Beware Rudolph Ticket Scalpers!

We have recently become aware of various ticket scalpers that are attempting to sell tickets to The Adventures of Rudolph at highly inflated prices! Please do not fall prey to these scalpers! They are not authorized to sell these tickets and, in some cases, do not even have possession of the tickets they are attempting to sell.

The ONLY authorized sellers of tickets to The Adventures of Rudolph are the Syracuse Opera Box Office and The Oncenter. Both of these are selling tickets online, but be sure you are visiting their sites when buying tickets.

Syracuse Opera Online Ticket Sales:

The Oncenter online ticket sales through TicketMaster:

Do NOT purchase tickets online from anywhere other than those two sites!

If you have any questions, please contact the Cultural Resources Council at 315-435-2155.


Update on Re-granting in CNY.


During the months of November and December, our grant programs for arts organizations and artists reach full stride.

In total, we are convening seven grant review panels in four locations, and will award over $140,000 in ten Central New York Counties. The Cultural Resources Council now serves as regional administrator for four different grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and New York Foundation for the Arts. The success of these regional programs depends on the services of over forty volunteer panelists who read and evaluate the many creative proposals we receive each year from artists, schools, and not-for-profit organizations. 




On My Own Time is a unique "business and the arts" program that highlights the artistic talents of the Central New York workforce. It has been presented by the Cultural Resources Council in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art for 38 years. The 2012 program kicks off in March, but companies are welcome to join the new roster any time prior to that. To learn more about On My Own Time, visit and click  "On My Own Time" in the left panel of the home page. To receive an information packet, email or call 315.435.2162. (A final decision to participate is not required until April, 2012.)   


Here is a glance at some of this past seasons works.



Matthew Hutchinson
Rail,Navy Shipyard Boston
Lockheed Martin








wend's wedding


Leigh Ramage
Aunt Wendy's Wedding
Syracuse City School District




street corner fairytale


Renee Storiale
Street Corner Fairytale
Mixed Media
Syracuse Stage






For more information, visit, call (315) 435-2162 or e-mail


Winterfest 2012 February 15th - 26th 

Let the Winterfest Games Begin!! in 2012 
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From the center of downtown Syracuse to surrounding areas throughout Onondaga County, everyone joins in the celebration. Kids will be kids, even when they're middle-aged. And there are no age limits when it comes to enjoying the displays, entertainment, games and culinary delights created by hundreds of hands.


With more than 100,000 people attending dozens of indoor and outdoor events, parties, cook-offs, various competitions plus an abundance of other activities, Syracuse Winterfest draws the second largest audience in all of Central New York.


Lucky Us! It was 26 years ago when winter in Central New York was not such a wonderful time. We still have the snow, the ice, and the cold, but now that Winterfest is here, you can delay your southern vacations to enjoy the celebration.


Opportunity Listings

Calls for Artists / Auditions

Schweinfurth Art Center CALL FOR ARTISTS Made in NY 2012  

All entries must be postmarked by January 13, 2012 to be eligible for consideration.

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild to Hold Auditions
BTG announces auditions for The Drunkard on Dec. 8-9 at 7:00 pm and Dec. 10 at 2:00 pm at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. For more info click here.

The Salt District of the Near West Side Inexpensive home/studio ownership opportunities for artists. Please click here to visit the website.


"Where Theater and Visual Arts Meet" A Visual Exhibition of the compelling Syracuse Stage production of "RENT".  Download the Updated Prospectus and Entry Form HERE 


The One-Take Super 8 annual festival Accepting submissions Jan 24 - Mar 4. Download the submission form here.


Syracuse First We can always use volunteers. Call for more information (315.396.6418)
Westcott Art Gallery is re-organizing and seeking out volunteers and new committee members. Click HERE for a sampling of current committees and their duties. Please contact for more information or to volunteer. 

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

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 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 20th of each month prior to publication.

Thank you.