December 2012
Help Support CNY Arts
The Adventures of Rudolph
The Best of NAMP
Musical Associates of CNY Ticket Exchange
2013 Decentralization Grants
 Happy Holidays 
from CNY Arts!

CNY Arts would like to thank everyone who helped make 2012 such a remarkable year. We look forward to another year of great success in 2013.
The CNY Arts office will be open for only limited services between December 22 and January 1 as staff take time to spend with friends and family.
12/24 - Office closes at 1pm
12/25 - Office closed
Office open with limited service
12/31 - Office closes at 1pm
1/1 - Office closed
Office reopens with full service
Arts, Culture, Recreation and Civic Engagement 
  In celebration of its 85-year anniversary, the Central New York Community Foundation is hosting The CNY85 Giving Project. Supporting a vibrant culture in Central New York means encouraging community participation in its various forms - from arts programming, to recreational activities, to volunteerism and community involvement.
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.

Did we miss something?  Let us know if you have a link to add by emailing

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CNY Arts is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency,

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......along with support by Onondaga County and

the IDEAS Collaborative.

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Join with CNY Arts and support the arts and culture community throughout Central New York. We at CNY Arts strive to promote, celebrate, and support the arts throughout the entire region. With your support, we can ensure everyone has access to great art, and that great artists, and arts and culture organizations, have the support they need to thrive.

CNY Arts has had a remarkable year, having undertaken many new responsibilities in addition to continuing the traditions that have become so integral to the cultural fabric of Central New York.

To see a list of our 2012 highlights and our plans for 2013, click here. 

Your contribution, no matter how modest, helps create a big impact and supports CNY Arts programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Central New York - not just in concert halls and museums, but in homes, schools, and community sites.

Because of your contributions, we are able to provide opportunities that improve our quality of life and revitalize our communities through beautification, jobs, and audience spending. Your generous support keeps art and culture accessible and vibrant. Only you make this possible.

The Adventures of Rudolph is this Week!

Thank you from CNY Arts and the Children you Supported  
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The following individuals and organizations are Elf-level sponsors of our Indiegogo campaign, helping to send over 600 kids to the school performances of The Adventures of Rudolph.
Benjamin Simon
The Staff of Syracuse Opera
Cliff Tsan
One anonymous donor
The children who received scholarships, as well as the Staff and Board of CNY Arts, are incredibly grateful for the support from these and all our other sponsors.
Rudolph on Bridge Street
Director Deborah Boughton, Paige Fiermonte (Rudolph), and Bridget Smith (Ballerina Doll) appeared on Bridge Street to discuss the upcoming performance. Check it out here!
And don't forget to Like Rudolph on Facebook!

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It's a week before Christmas and Santa's elves are busy making presents. The evil Witch Winter Grey kidnaps the elves so that they might make presents just for her. Only Santa's reindeer Rudolph can penetrate the gloom around the witch's castle with his bright nose.

A holiday tradition in Central New York,The Adventures of Rudolph is a narrated ballet for the whole family presented by CNY Arts, directed by Deborah Boughton, and performed by students from Dance Centre North.

Family Performance
Crouse Hinds Theater
Saturday, December 8, 11am

Tickets on sale at the Syracuse Opera Box Office or call
315-476-7372, Monday through Friday from 10a-4p

Parking is free at the Washington Street Garage starting at 10AM on Saturday.

The Best of NAMP - IDEAS Collaborative Seminar

matthewatideasGet sticky, the new normal of participatory engagement, rocking out with social media - these were just some of the topics presented to a group of about 50 people representing many of the organizations that make up the IDEAS Collaborative. The event was hosted by CNY Arts on Friday, November 30th at the Community Foundation Center. The IDEAS scholarship winners, Karin Franklin-King (Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center), Jim Homa (Syracuse Opera), and Maria Simmons (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) attended the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Charlotte along with Surale Philips and our new IDEAS Project Manager, Matthew De Bellas (right).

The conference themed Getting Down to Business focused on skill building, new web-based tools and audience development strategies that have practical application in the arts marketing field. Several of the conference's key takeaways were presented and included topics such as tools for measuring return on investment, creating community and cultivating loyal patrons. A main theme throughout the presentations was finding ways to engage with different audiences both online using social media as well as seeking out ways to connect with communities offline.

As the IDEAS Collaborative moves forward there will be continued opportunities to discuss many of the topics from the NAMP presentations. To join and continue the conversation about building communities and engaging with our audience, follow CNY Arts on Twitter @CNYArts using #CNYideas.

Musical Associates of CNY Announces Ticket Exchange
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Musical Associates of Central New York will institute a ticket exchange program for ticket holders of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra whose tickets were not able to be honored following the former Symphony's bankruptcy. Details for the ticket exchange will be coming out soon, so if you had tickets for the SSO that were not honored, you may be eligible for free tickets in the upcoming season.


Musical Associates of Central New York will unveil details of their upcoming season, as well as the name under which the orchestra will operate, at the Holiday Symphonic Spectacular on Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm in the Oncenter's Crouse Hinds Theater. 
The evening, formerly known as the Holiday Pops Concert under the SSO, has been a beloved Central New York tradition for many years, and one the new Orchestra will continue for years to come. The night will feature a selection  of symphonic music under the direction of guest conductor Sean O'Loughlin, guest vocalist Amanda Brasher, the Syracuse Pops Chorus (Lou Lemos, director), dancing by Empire State Dance (Shannon Holmes, director), and staging and production 
designed to deliver a new symphonic experience.

2013 Decentralization Grants - Another Great Year!

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The windows for application for our three NYSCA Decentralization regrant programs (Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Commissions, and art$TART Arts Education Grants) have officially closed. In total, CNY Arts received 102 applications from all across our 6000 square mile service area.

Panels will continue to review applications through December. CNY Arts will notify applicants of their award status in the last week of December.

CNY Arts would like to thank organizations and individuals who helped us to coordinate seminars and workshops, all of our panelists, and, of course, the many artists and arts organizations that do fantastic work in the arts year-round and applied for assistance this cycle.

These grants are made possible with public funds from the State and Local Partnership Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

Opportunity Listings
Calls for Artists / Auditions 
Auditions for Show Me the Funny Improv in Cortland
January 3rd at 6pm 
Headshot and Resume a plus
73 Main Street , Cortland, NY 13045
For more info go to 
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. 

Ushers and red R.A.T.s needed for Redhouse
Redhouse Arts Center is looking for ushers for its production of Hairspray running through December 15. Interested parties should call 315-425-0405.
Redhouse is also seeking red R.A.T.s to assist with Office and Public Relations, Social Media, Ushering, Distributing Flyers, Education, Box Office, Production, and random really weird tasks. Visit their website for more info.
Musical Instrument Revolving Loan Fund (MIRLF)
MIRLF is a low-interest loan program designed to stimulate the artistic growth and productivity of professional musicians in symphonies/ensembles; students of music instruction; and other cultural organizations by making loans available for eligible nonprofit organizations to purchase musical instruments. 


Visit NYSCA's website for more information.
Syracuse First can always use volunteers. Call for more information (315.396.6418)

Resource Listings   
Workshops/Classes/Group Meetings      



The New York State Literary Tree Ongoing. Resources for writers in New York State. 

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.   

$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.