CRC Newsletter

November 2011  
Arts Education Grant
Be a Grant Panelist
The Adventures Of Rudolph
Support the Arts

Art News 


Syracuse Stage open house planned for November 5th   

Join us for a day of free food and fun! Festivities will include guided Backstage Tours, free performances of the annual Bank of America Children's Show New Kid, hourly ticket raffles, a presentation by SU's Department of Drama, and complimentary food throughout the day. All events will be free, open to the public, and appropriate for families of all ages.


New York City performance artist gives birth to Baby boy in art gallery

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 A performance artist who said giving birth is the "highest form of art" has delivered a baby boy - inside a New York City art gallery Marni Kotak gave birth at 10:17 a.m. on Tuesday, the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn said in a brief statement, adding that everyone was recuperating on Wednesday. It said the baby, named Ajax, was 21 inches long and weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces.

The gallery said 19 to 20 people were present for the relatively quick birth in a birthing pool. The gallery gave no other details. A video of the birth will be added to the gallery's upcoming exhibition.
The 36-year-old artist had set up a home-birth center at the gallery, turning the space into a brightly decorated bedroom with ocean blue walls and photo-imprinted pillows.
During "The Birth of Baby X" durational piece, which began Oct. 8, Kotak spent as much time at the gallery as possible talking to visitors about motherhood, art and other issues. She said those who left their contact information would be notified when she went into labor.


Read the full story here.


By The Associated Press



At the evolving Create art studio near Syracuse, you're the budding artist
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Syracuse, NY -- A studio storefront being created in Fayetteville is designed to appeal to your inner artist.
It's create art studio and it comes from artist Karyn Rausch McGinn and here's how it works: You walk in ready to paint. McGinn supplies the inspiration, all the supplies and cleanup and you walk out with your painting.

"You don't have to have any kind of artistic background at all," said McGinn. "It's for the very beginner, who may have never taken art classes, or people who are artists and just want to expand. They can do their own thing."

Create is looking to open sometime before mid-November, at 511 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville Square, the plaza next to Friendly's.

"Basically, it's the idea of art as entertainment," said McGinn.

Participants pay $30 per class and children's classes will be available for $25.

Each night, McGinn will have on display one of her own paintings. Participants reproduce McGinn's work - with her guidance, step-by-step.

There will also be open classes, where customers may use McGinn's work as inspiration or guidance, or bring their own inspiration for painting.

McGinn said inspiration for her studio came from a friend in Denver, whose daughter went to a similar studio.

"But that one has a bar in it," laughed McGinn.

By Bob Neidt
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Arts Education Grant Applications still Available!

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Grants for Teaching Partnerships Between Artists and Schools: Deadline for 2012 Applications is Nov. 15

CRC's art$TART grants support creative partnerships through which artists in any discipline join with teachers to advance specific educational objectives. More than "assembly programs" or one-time classroom visits, these are projects in which artists and teachers work together to design and carry out innovative teaching as a team. Artists may work with teachers in their own fields (music, art, dance, drama, creative writing etc.) or with teachers who wish to enhance units in other disciplines (history, science, mathematics etc.)
through the insights and skills of artists. Examples of previously supported projects are available on the CRC website.

Applications for partnerships that will take place during 2012 are being accepted through Nov. 15 and may be submitted by either schools or arts organizations involved in planning these teaching approaches. Complete guidelines are available online. Interested teachers and teaching artists are encouraged to discuss potential projects with Grants Coordinator John Shaffer at (315) 435-2158.


Support is available for projects in public, private, or parochial schools in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego Counties. 



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 Click here for complete details and application procedures.



Help Support the Arts - As A Grant Panelist

The effectiveness and integrity of the Cultural Resources Council's grant programs for artists and arts organizations depends on the time and energies of volunteer panelists who read the applications we receive and participate in meetings to recommend the distribution of funds. Since requests always exceed the available resources, it can be hard work for everyone involved. But panelists know that they are helping to provide vital support for the cultural life of our Central New York communities.

grants_panelistWith a significant expansion of our service area (Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego for Community Arts and Individual Artist Grants, plus Cayuga for art$START andChenango, Delaware, and Otsego for NYFA SOS), we need individuals from each of these areas with a background or active interest in the arts to assist us with this work. We will be conducting six different panel reviews during November and December, and we need your help.

Please let us know of your interest by sending a brief biographical paragraph or resume to Grants Coordinator John Shaffer at Because travel distances are increasing with our expansion, a small honorarium will be provided. But the main reward for serving as a panelist is good company, a challenging task, and the chance to gain an overview of the creative work that abounds in Central New York.

Thank you in advance for being a part of it!


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.


To learn more about The Adventures of Rudolph please visit the CRC website by by clicking here.




CRC'S 38th Annual On My Own Time Program Another Success

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The Cultural Resources Council's 38th annual On My Own Time community visual arts program culminated with a month-long exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art, at 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY. A reception, attended by over 200 company representatives, CRC and Everson Museum of Art board and staff members, artists, friends, and family was held on September 15 to kick off the exhibit.


On My Own Time highlights the talents of employees from a wide range of professions who are also artists "on their own time". 70 original works of art, created by amateur artists from 14 local companies, were selected from all entries for this special exhibit. The juried exhibit included paintings, drawings, ceramics, wood work, jewelry, metal work, photography, glasswork, mixed media, and more.


On My Own Time was presented by the Cultural Resources Council in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art, lead media sponsor WRVO Public Media, Gold level sponsor Upstate Medical University, and these 14 local companies and organizations:


AXA Equitable    

City of Syracuse

County of Onondaga    

Liverpool Art Center

Lockheed Martin    


Northland Communications      

O'Brien & Gere


L. & J. G. Stickley, Inc.

Syracuse City School District      

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse University

Upstate Medical University


Plans for On My Own Time 2012, which kicks off in March, are already under way. For more information, visit, call 315.435.2162 or e-mail


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The Arts are On in 
Onondaga County

County Services: Providing over 

6,000 programs, including over 2,600 public performances, 1,500 films, 206 school programs, and 113 lectures;


Audience: Over 1,400,000 people attending events, including 100,000 children and youth;



Jobs: Brought to the community through the efforts of over 580 full- and part-time employees, 849 artists and independent contractors, and 2,000 volunteers;



Economic Contribution: Generating over $31,000,000 for Onondaga County!*  


Data is derived from survey responses as part of the PEW Cultural Data Project FY2009, the data collection system used by Onondaga County Division of Management & Budget. 24 groups were included in this study.


* Combines direct and indirect output and earnings. Based on 2008 RIMS II multipliers for Onondaga County, NY, US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis,


Special thanks to the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and Dr. Shena Ashley.


Opportunity Listings

Calls for Artists / Auditions

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.