CRC Newsletter

February 2012  
ARTS Advocacy Day
Future Fund CNY
On My Own Time
Harms Festival
ARTS NYS Coalition
Winterfest 2012

Near Westside Initiative in running for funding to renovate space for artists' housing, studios and gallery

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David Lassman/The Post-Standard 


The Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse has been named a finalist for a share of $15 million in arts money to be given out by a national consortium of public and private foundations.


The money would be used for renovation of 115 Otisco St. into an artist living/work space, said Maarten Jacobs, director of Near Westside Initiative.



Click here to read the full article by Melinda Johnson / Post-Standard arts editor. 
Stereoscope art project to offer unusual views
When the weather turns nice and visitors peer through a new scope at Forman Park, they might be surprised at what they see. Instead of viewing the present-day fountain and flowers, they will take a journey back in time to visit Syracuse circa 1880.

The visual time travel is courtesy of artist Colleen Woolpert and her project: SyraViews Stereoscopes.

Spearheaded by the Syracuse Public Art Commission, the project includes the installation of two powder-coated, anodized aluminum stereoscopes resembling tourist viewers at the park. When looking inside, instead of seeing a telescopic view of the current scene, tourists will see a historic three-dimensional photograph, or stereograph, of the same view from the 1880's. The photo shows the original fountain and four citizens posing for the camera. 


Click here to read the full article by Becky Voss / Post-Standard contributing writer. 


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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We are pleased to share the news that for the first time in five years the New York State Council on the Arts has not had its funding reduced in the Executive Budget, which is recommended by the Governor. Please join us in thanking Governor Cuomo for his support for State Arts Funding which is so important for upstate in producing quality arts and culture, jobs, tourism activity and enhanced community vitality.  Click here to send the Governor an email thanking him.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224


Speak Up for the Arts!
Arts Advocacy Day - February 14, 2012

artnys  Arts supporters from all around New York State will visit their legislators in Albany on Tuesday, February 14th to speak up for the arts on Arts Advocacy Day 2012.

Visual artists, authors, actors, musicians, dancers, and arts professionals of all kinds will join representatives from arts councils, museums, and cultural organizations to request strong support for NYSCA - the New York State Council on the Arts. This is an important opportunity to remind our state senators and representatives how valuable arts and cultural services are in communities from Long Island to Buffalo, and from Plattsburgh to Binghamton. The services and grants provided by NYSCA help to support large and small cultural institutions and arts programs across the state of New York. These organizations and activities create jobs, enhance tourism, and are an essential ingredient in small rural towns and large urban centers.

Join the chorus and let your voice be heard! Plan to be in Albany on February 14th to let your legislators know that you support state funding for the arts. You can visit to learn more about Arts Advocacy Day, or contact your regional arts council for more information about legislative visits in Albany and at district offices around the state.

Please click here to visit Art NYS Coalition website.

Please Contact the CRC directly for more information. 


The Future Fund of Central New York is Seeking Grant Applicants

NCYCF Future Fund 

The Future Fund of Central New York is requesting grant applicant letters of intent from nonprofits that provide art-enrichment programs to low-income youth or promote the arts to an underserved population. The letter of intent deadline is February 17, 2012. One grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded in May 2012. Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations serving Onondaga or Madison counties are encouraged to apply. More information about the Future Fund and a letter of intent form is available at  If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Gill at 315-883-5554 or

The Future Fund of Central New York is a member-driven giving circle administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. Its mission is to involve and empower emerging philanthropists to make our community a better place to live and work. Annual membership dues are contributed to an endowment at the Community Foundation, and members vote on the grant topic and projects. While the endowment builds, matching donors provide the funding for immediate grantmaking.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for 85 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region's largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or  


On My Own Time 2012


Preparations are now under way for the Cultural Resources Council's 2012 On My Own Time business & the arts program, presented in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art! On My Own Time celebrates the creative skills of employees of Central New York businesses who are visual artists "on their own time." This unique program will mark its 39th anniversary in Syracuse this year! Any size business or organization may participate. Small businesses may choose to participate in a partnership with another business. 


Details: Employees of On My Own Time businesses submit their visual works of art to each company coordinator in the spring, and an exhibit of their work is mounted at each workplace during April or May. Any original works in a visual medium, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, metal work, or wood work, created in the last 3 years, may be submitted. The art is adjudicated at the work site exhibits by On My Own Time judges. Selected pieces from each work site display will become part of a special exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art, where an opening reception will be held in Fall 2012. A catalog highlighting each participating business is distributed to the public throughout the month-long run of the Everson Museum of Art exhibit, including photographs of some of the selected works from each business.

A kickoff luncheon is being planned for March 15th for companies interested in participating in On My Own Time 2012.  Please contact Kara Greene at 315.435.2162, e-mail or visit for details. Program registration deadline is Monday April 9, 2012.




Artists, company representatives, family, and friends attend the On My Own Time opening reception at the Everson Museum of Art in September 2012 





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Kelly Elizabeth Wilkinson, "Constricted", Clay/Ceramic, Syracuse City School District, On My Own Time 2011 








Rich Patchett, "Looking Up",
Photography, AXA Equitable, On My Own
Time 2011





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


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The 2012 Michael Harms Theater Festival 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. 

A Vision for the Future of State Arts Funding 
By Norma Munn, Arts Advocate.

I believe the arts sector should embark on a new advocacy effort aimed at rebuilding the State Council on the Arts to the progressive and premier agency that it once was. Established in 1960 under the leadership of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the legislature crafted enabling legislation for the first state agency dedicated to public funding for the arts. Our state was not only first, but became a model both for the National Endowment for the Arts and the many state arts agencies that followed.

The primary focus of that commitment is expressed as follows:

           to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and will play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens and in maintaining the paramount position of this state in the nation and in the world as cultural center.

Immediately after that section of the enabling legislation is the following very unique aspect of the legislation:

           It is further declared that all activities undertaken by the state in carrying out this policy shall be directed toward encouraging and assisting rather than in any ways limiting the freedom of artistic expression that is essential for the well-being of the arts.

           For several decades, our State Council on the Arts remained at the forefront of innovation in funding, in the design of processes for decisions about applicant requests, and in the level of funding available to organizations throughout the state. That is simply no longer the case.  Nor is that loss of prestige and innovation merely about money.

           Vision does not depend on funding. However, the State Council on the Arts faces a real dilemma.  It has fostered and assisted in the development of hundreds of arts groups around the state. Many are now mature artistically, but remain financially fragile, especially in economically depressed regions of the state, or the poorer neighborhoods of our cities. It is also simply a fact that private funding is very limited in rural areas and the history of private giving to groups of color is not commensurate with either their needs or their contributions to the cultural life of their cities and communities.  And in New York City, the sheer number of outstanding arts groups leaves many mid-sized and smaller groups, no matter what their quality, with little access to private dollars.

           These mature arts groups still genuinely need funding from the State Council on the Arts, but the size and quantity of this segment of our cultural sector, leaves little room for the new groups. Council funding allocations are so diminished that it cannot adequately provide rational levels of support to any group. It has also been handicapped in developing new responses to the changed conditions of the last few years.

           Our efforts this year during the budget session should start with a proposal that the legislature join with its arts partners throughout the state in committing to rebuild the State Council on the Arts to a grants funding level of $50 million over four years. That requires an increase of $4.5 million each year.

           We must begin the process of sharing with the legislature ideas and concepts for re-imagining the State Council, both as we discuss this funding request and in the months ahead.  We believe that the arts build social capital essential to a civil society, that we transcend differences among groups and open the door to greater understanding between the incredibility diverse people of this great state. We believe that artists and arts workers have skills that are needed in the innovative industries of today, and many are already working in those industries.  We know that cultural activities and events are critical in bringing tourists to the state.  We offer as yet untapped solutions to assist with the economic re-development and job creation of this state.

           As we have challenged ourselves, we are now asking the legislature to partner with us as the budget is developed, and to be ready to talk further with us over the next few months about re-imagining this state agency to better serve both the arts and the citizens of this state.


Norma Munn is the long time Director of the NYC Arts Coaltion and partners with local and regional arts agencies throughout New York state on issues that affect the arts and culture sector.



NYSCA Electronic Media and Film Grants Early 2012 Webinar


The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, administrator of two statewide grant programs in Electronic Media and Film, announces Webinars for artists and organizations interested in learning more about the programs. The grant programs are supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.  


Webinars are open to all New York State-based artists and non-profit organizations, and will be held on:

Friday, February 24, 1:00 pm: Click Here To Join

Pre-registration is not required. Join a Webinar by clicking the appropriate link. Please log in 5-10 minutes early if you don't have GoToMeeting already loaded on your computer. 


Presentation Funds offers partial support to non-profit organizations located in New York State for in-person appearances by independent artists working in film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art. The mission of the program is to encourage opportunities for conversations between artists and audiences, support the creative programming of independent media-makers, and help increase appreciation for electronic media and film as an art form throughout New York State.  Deadlines are four times a year; the next postmark deadline is March 1, 2012.  

Finishing Funds
provides support to New York State artists for the completion of film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art. Awards are made annually and range from $500 to $2,500. The postmark deadline for applications is March 15, 2012. 
Please visit 
for additional information.  


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
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.


Open Casting Call for Feature-Length Action Film 

JD Film is holding an open casting call Sat., Feb. 11 at 4:00 pm at The Tech Garden (235 Harrison St, Syracuse) for an upcoming feature length action film titled BLINK. Click here for more details.

Red House to Hold Auditions for 2012-13 Theater Season
Red House Arts Center, Inc. will be holding local auditions for its 2012/2013 theatre season on March 4 in the 219 rehearsal studio next door to the Redhouse Theatre. Equity and non-equity actors of all ages are welcome. Actors should prepare one comedic monologue and 16 bars of a song of their choice.
To schedule an audition please email or call 315-425-0405.



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.