CRC Newsletter

March 2012  
$8M NEA Boost
New Board Member
CRC grants Connection
On My Own Time
Harms Festival
Developers Pitch Plans for Syracuse Inner Harbor.

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COR Development and QPK Design.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If it were up to Cornell University graduate student Andrea Menotti to choose a developer for the Syracuse Inner Harbor, the job would go to COR Development Co., one of three companies to present competing visions for the harbor today.

"I was really impressed" by COR's proposal, said Menotti, one of half a dozen Cornell students who watched. The Cornell students said they unanimously preferred COR's ambitious $350 million concept, which included a 100-room hotel, a satellite campus for Onondaga Community College, restaurants, stores, offices and more than 500 residences.


Click here to continue reading the full story by Time Knauss / The Post_Standard.  


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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

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President Obama Proposes $8M National Endowment for the Arts Boost for 2013 
The Obama Administration has released the much anticipated FY 2013 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS), and the Department of Education's Arts in Education program.


As Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch noted in a statement:


"The administration request of $154 million for the National Endowment for the Arts marks a greatly needed increase. Since 2010 the NEA has been cut $22 million, reducing it to $146 million last year, which threatens its ability to make critical grants throughout the country. By boosting specific funding for programmatic grants by $6.75 million, the White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and economy and the incredible return on investment those funds generate to federal, state and local treasuries." 


A breakdown of the administration's FY 2013 budget request is as follows: 
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*Similar to previous year's administration budget proposals, the Arts in Education program is consolidated with six non-arts programs. It is unclear at what level grants in arts education will be supported. 


The President's Request is just the first step in the legislative process. Soon the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will offer competing proposals that will reflect their particular priorities. We ask that advocates remain vigilant in the months ahead as the congressional appropriations committees work to pass their spending plans. Last year, the NEA was twice targeted for reduced funding through the amendment process on the House Floor. Thanks to your messages to Congress, the nation's signature cultural agency was spared drastic cuts after an outpouring of bipartisan support that turned back the harmful amendment. We hope to count on your advocacy again this year should the need arise. 


Our kickoff advocacy effort will launch at our National
Arts Advocacy Day conference on April 16th and 17th, the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country. We encourage you to register for this national conference and join us on Capitol Hill. 


Help Americans for the Arts by becoming an official member. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today--it's free and simple.


Cultural Resources Council Names New Board Member 

Marissa Mimms

Marissa Mims:

The Executive Director of the New York State Association for Women in Administration, Mims was elected to the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education in 2009 and is currently its president. She is actively involved in statewide reform efforts for equity in education funding. Mims is a 2008 Leadership Greater Syracuse graduate and active volunteer with NYPENN Girl Scouts as a Junior Troop Leader.  


CRC Grants Connect Artists and Schools 

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The Cultural Resources Council has awarded artSTARTgrants to nine schools and cultural organizations for exemplary projects that build educational partnerships between artists and classroom teachers. 

With support from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2012 artSTART grants will support a wide range of creative teaching initiatives throughout Central New York. Among the innovative approaches are the following: 

Treehouse Musicians, a professional chamber music ensemble, will work with fourth and sixth graders at the Cathedral Academy of Pompei as they explore the effects of trade and travel on culture during different periods of history. Using musical improvisation as a tool, they will create original compositions through which they "trade and transform" musical ideas. 

Jazz musician and archivist Monk Rowe will work with eighth grade students at Holland Patent Middle School during their study of the civil rights era-examining the relationship between social movements and popular music, and culminating in a performance that includes music from that historical period and original student compositions reflective of their study. 

Poet Jackie Warren-Moore will work with students of the Best Program, an alternative for students in the Syracuse City School District with behavioral difficulties. The nationally recognized writer will work to develop student understanding of poetry in its various forms, and as a means of expressing feelings. 

A regional panel of artists and educators selected the strongest applications received from six eligible counties of Central New York: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Oswego and Onondaga. For more information on the artSTART grant program, see the Grants tab of the CRC website.

PHOTO CAPTION: Visual artist Dustin Angell leads a discussion with students at Tully Elementary School during "Our Place in Space: Science, Culture and Imagination," an educational unit planned and carried out with third grade, sixth grade, and enrichment teachers and supported by a 2011 artSTART grant.  

On My Own Time 2012
We invite your company or organization to participate in the Cultural Resources Council's 39th annual award-winning visual arts program for business, On My Own Time! This unique program, a recipient of two national awards, was initiated in 1974 in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art to help local businesses identify, celebrate, and encourage creativity among their own employees.   

Each company will hold its own in-house exhibit of employee art during April or May, which will be adjudicated by a panel of volunteer professional artists. Selected works will become part of the Everson Museum of Art On My Own Time exhibit early this fall. There are several levels of participation offered, so the program is affordable for any size company! 

Your company will receive a full page in the On My Own Time catalog, which is distributed at Everson Museum of Art during the month-long exhibition. All participating On My Own Time company names are included in press releases, the CRC website, newsletter, and other promotional items. Participants also have an opportunity to become an On My Own Time sponsor at various levels. 

You are invited to attend our orientation/kick-off luncheon at Coleman's Restaurant in Syracuse on Thursday, March 15, at 12:30 pm. (Luncheon reservations are necessary. Please call 315.435.2162 by Friday, March 9 or e-mail to reserve your space.) 
The final program commitment date is April 6.
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(left to right) Rich Patchett, AXA Equitable, Kelly Wilkinson, David Muolo, Syracuse City School District, Stanley Allen Ayres, City of Syracuse, Mary Ellen Casey, ProLiteracy, Rebecca Schuetz, Syracuse Stage - Some of more than 180 artist participants in On My Own Time 2011   

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


The 2012 Michael Harms Theater Festival
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is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Cayuga Community College. The Festival seeks to foster greater interest in theater work by students and teachers in secondary schools. Find out more about the Festival and get registration forms on the Harms Fest page of the CRC's website. 

Opportunity Listings

Calls for Artists / Auditions
Spotlight is an opportunity for emerging and established choreographers of all dance genres to showcase their work. Spotlight aims to bring together dancers, choreographers and the general public to strengthen our dance community by celebrating different dance styles, ideas, and talents through public performances.

Choreographers of ALL LEVELS AND DANCE STYLES are encouraged to apply! Let's get ready for an exciting and memorable time in the spotlight.  Please click here for an application and guidelines
Looking for Dance Troupes and Visual Artists
The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival has just begun the rehearsal process for my new show, "Love vs. Time," a multi-media, multi-modal show based on 28 of Shakespeare's sonnets that opens April13 and runs through April 22, 2012.

I need a few more dance troupes (any style, period to original, live or prerecorded music) and visual artists (video, film, TV, photography, painting,etc.) to complete the vision for the show. Musical selections are already set for the dancers but troupes could work on their own until April 1st. Some sonnets need a visual element to complete their presentation. Again, work can be done on their own time/schedule until April 1, 2012.

Although live performance is preferred, all artists may produce a video/visual piece as their final product to be shown simultaneously with another part of the show.

Please share this with any dance troupes and/or visual artists you know who might be interested in working on this project. We expect to play to 400 + people over the course of the six performances.

You can contact me directly @ or by calling 315-476-1835.  
VPA seeks applicants for Sandra Kahn Alpert Visiting Artist Program 
The College of Visual and Performing Arts is now accepting applications for the Sandra Kahn Alpert Visiting Artist Program. The program was established by Alpert, 1945 alumna of VPA, and her husband, Clement C. Alpert, to bring leading visual artists to the SU campus to engage in direct interaction with students and faculty in the School of Art and Design.

As part of this residency the artist is provided with a studio, housing, an honorarium and access to college facilities and University resources. The artist in residence is required to lead one seminar or atelier-style course, give a lecture in the Department of Art's Visiting Artist Lecture Series and be in residence for a minimum of three days per week. Applications from nationally and internationally engaged visual artists with widely influential practices that cross and combine media are encouraged.

Interested applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Review of applicants will begin immediately.

The New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) announces the audition dates and locations for the Schools of Ballet, Choral Studies, Dance, Media Arts, Orchestral Studies, Theatre and Visual Arts. For more information please click here.

The Salt District of the Near West Side 

Inexpensive home/studio ownership opportunities for artists. Please click here to visit the website. 


International Call for Art Entries
Competition Theme: WOMANifesto
An exploration of the perspective that women bring to art, in this current, post-feminist era. DEADLINE: Monday, March 19, 2012. Click here for more details. 


Upstage Festival of Cyberperformance seeks proposals, deadline April 12. Click here for details.
Arts Management Paid Internship
Intensive twelve-week arts management internship. Interns receive a $100 weekly stipend and are provided with housing accommodations in North Adams, MA, USA.
Deadline March 1st, 2012.  Click here to learn more.

Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Enter The CNY85 Giving Project
The Central New York Community Foundation is excited to announce the opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to win an $8,500 grant in support of a program that addresses the region's greatest needs.
Syracuse First We can always use volunteers. Call for more information (315.396.6418)

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.