CRC Newsletter

May  2012  
Michael Harms Festival
The Adventures of Rudolph
New Board Member Cliff Tsan
Ideas Collaborative Support
Director of Operations Opening
Joe Carello Named
"Jazz Educator
of the Year"

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Joe Carello


CNY Jazz Central has named saxophonist Joe Carello "Jazz Educator of the Year," recognizing his years of service to the Stan Colella Parks and Recreation All-Star Big Band, a collaboration between CNY Jazz and the City of Syracuse. He will be presented with his award at the intermission of CNY Jazz's April 15, 2012 Big Band Cabaret in the Sheraton Syracuse University ballroom, featuring the Morton Schiff Syracuse University Jazz Ensemble directed by Joe Riposo and the CNY Jazz Orchestra (CNYJO). The concert doors open at 4 p.m.

Carello is a Syracuse native and has fronted the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation's Stan Colella All Star Band since 2003. A performer with this band as a youth, he went on to play with Colella's professional group for many years.

He has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra on many occasions having been a featured soloist in concerts with Diane Schurr, Maureen Mcgovern, and Jeff Tyzik to name a few. Carello was also a member of the Syracuse Symphony Rock Ensemble--a group started by Calvin Custer in the 1970s.

As lead alto saxophonist with the CNYJO, he has performed with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Grady Tate, and others. As a sideman Carello has worked with Chuck and Gap Mangione, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, and Frank Sinatra Jr. He has recorded with Danny D'Imperio, Eric Alexander, Barry Harris, Nancy Kelly, Ralph Lalama, and more. He is a featured performer with college and high school jazz bands and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator.

In addition to his performing career, Carello is a teacher at Onondaga Community College, Le Moyne College, and co-director of The Band Bus School Music Service.

"In my opinion, Joe Carello could have won this award the first year and every year thereafter, and in receiving the award this year, he also wins 'most overdue!'" says Larry Luttinger, Executive Director, CNY Jazz. "He always shows selfless dedication to each of his students, and especially to those in need, and without fail he is a nurturing mentor for whom his students achieve far more than they ever thought they could. Joe is the consummate teaching artist." 


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Michael Harms Theater Festival 
at Cayuga Community College
Auburn , NY
On Saturday, March 31st, the Cultural Resources Council presented the 2012 Michael Harms Theater Festival. More than 200 students and 50 adults from five schools and three community theater groups gathered at Cayuga Community College for this annual theater competition for secondary students produced by the CRC. The participating groups were: Auburn High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, Manlius Pebble Hill School, The Media Unit, Oswego Children's Theater, Sherburne-Earlville High School Drama Club, and Skaneateles High School Drama. 
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The following is a full list of the awards and scholarship handed out at the Festival: 


  • Michael Harms Memorial Scholarship was awarded to: Taylorann Flurschutz - Auburn High School 
  • Cultural Resources Scholarship was awarded to: Gabriella Whiting - Skaneateles High School 
Festival Awards:
  • The award for Outstanding Technical Achievement was presented to Manlius Pebble Hill School for their production of The Rimers of Eldritch, directed by Louis Balestra DiNolfi
  • The Award of Excellence-Community Theater was presented to La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino for their production of El Camarón Encantado (The Enchanted Shrimp), directed by José Miguel Hernández Hurtado  
  • The Award of Excellence-High School was presented to Skaneateles High School for their production of The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Micheal Kringer
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Below are the bios of this year's respondents and workshop leaders, along with descriptions of the workshops. 



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The Adventures of Rudolph

Now for Early Bird Pricing


Dear Educator,
Reserve your tickets now for The Cultural Resources Council's annual narrated holiday ballet, The Adventures of Rudolph, directed by Deborah Boughton and performed by students of Dance Centre North at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, December 5, 6, & 7, 2012. 
Early Bird pricing is available for school performance orders placed now through September 28! 
Click here for more details and an Order Form or call Jon Wilson at the CRC office at (315) 435-2126. 
Join us for this heartwarming holiday tradition and find out if Rudolph and Santa's elves can save Christmas from evil Witch Winter Grey once again!
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The CRC Announces 
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New Board Member Cliff Tsan. 

The Cultural Resources Council is pleased to announce that attorney Clifford G. Tsan has joined the Board of Directors. Mr. Tsan is a litigator with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. He and his family are proud patrons and participants in the regional arts scene. Mr. Tsan's biographical attorney information appears below. 

Mr. Tsan handles litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitration and mediation for BSK. He has represented clients in a broad variety of commercial disputes, ranging from shareholder derivative actions to complex multidistrict litigation, and from commercial lease disputes to fraudulent transfer actions. Mr. Tsan has significant experience in both prosecuting and defending actions alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He has also handled insurance coverage disputes and defense of personal injury claims and other torts, and recently his practice has included a focus on intellectual property litigation, including trademark disputes and defense of false patent marking claims. 
Mr. Tsan is a member of the firm's E-Discovery and Records Management Practice Group. He has counseled clients and delivered presentations to attorneys regarding the latest developments and cases concerning information management, litigation holds, the duty to preserve evidence, spoliation and sanctions. 
Prior to relocating to Syracuse to be near family in 2008, Mr. Tsan was associated with Becker, Glynn, Melamed & Muffly LLP in New York City. 
Education: Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2003), Stanford University (B.A., 2000) 
Bar admissions: New York; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 


CRC Receives Support through 

IDEAS Collaborative


The Cultural Resources Council has received two grants totaling $76,500 from a collaborativeof funders participating in IDEAS-The Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse. The first grant will support educational programs in arts marketing for area arts organizations, and the second will support steps to strengthen CRC's organizational capacity.  

"We are proud and pleased to receive support from these pro-active funders," said Stephen Butler, Executive Director of the CRC. "They recognize that a robust regional arts council and focused technical assistance services are important to a healthy arts sector, and that the arts help drive the economy of our area." 
Support was provided from the IDEAS Implementation Fund. This initiative seeks to develop and support strategies that strengthen the connection between the community and its arts, culture and heritage organizations. Partnering foundations include the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga. 



Director of Operations 


CRC is searching for qualified candidates for its Director of Operations position. Seeking a proven hands-on manager who will ensure efficient and smooth operation at regional arts council providing programs and services including grants, technical assistance, research, arts education, community based programs and consortium projects (ie. joint marketing). Reporting to the Executive Director, areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to: strategic planning, internal operations management, grant compliance, contract negotiation and marketing campaigns. Bachelor's degree, 5-10 years of experience and work in not-for-profit service sector; arts experience preferred. CRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact via USPS mail or email only - no phone calls please. Send resume and cover letter to: Mr. Stephen Butler, Executive Director, Cultural Resources Council, John Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse NY 13202, or



Opportunity Listings

Calls for Artists / Auditions
"The Kathy" Award Nomination and Selection Process
An award of $2500 to a not-for-profit professional. Please click here for more details and a downloadable application.
James Joyce 2012 Writing Contest
Open Call for Artists - Exhibit Opportunity
Westcott Community Art Gallery

Art Studios available at the Gear Factory

The Salt District of the Near West Side 

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

The CNY85 Collaborative Impact Prize
The CNY85 Collaborative Impact Prize will award a special one-time grant of $85,000 to a project will that support the implementation of an innovative, collaborative, cross-sector solution to a critical community issue. Learn More
Syracuse Opera
Director Of Advancement
Syracuse Opera seeks applications for new position.  Bachelor's required; Master's preferred.  Four to six years fundraising experience required; proven record of success soliciting major and annual gifts, directing special events, securing contributions from corporations and foundations;  background cultivating and soliciting donors directly and providing support for the fundraising efforts of a chief executive and trustees; excellent oral, written and organizational skills required; a passion for the arts and/or opera preferred. 
Cover letter, resume & salary requirements to: 
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.

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