April 2013 
Register Your Arts Agency in the CNY Arts Directory
Individual Artist Directory
Decentralization Awards
State Arts Budget
SU Arts Engage Presents
"The Oracle"
The Oracle

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's searing 1913 ballet score "The Rite of Spring," Syracuse University Arts Engage will present "The Oracle," conceived and directed by prominent Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard, on Wednesday, April 10 in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. See preview of The Oracle here.

The performance is part of a national tour of "The Oracle," after premiering in the U.S. in early February. The performance features Australian dancer Paul White, who co-choreographed the piece with Tankard. The video and set designer is Régis Lansac. Visit www.meryltankard.com to learn more about Tankard and her work.

Tickets for the SU performance are $20 for the general public, $10 for seniors and $5 for SU students with valid I.D., and may be purchased at the Schine Box Office, 443-4517. Call Arts Engage at (315) 443-0296 or visit www.artsengage.syr.edu for more information on tickets.

Please note: The performance does contain a few brief moments of nudity.

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List Your Agencies on the CNY Arts Directory
A major feature of the new cnyarts.org is a directory of arts, culture, and heritage resources in our six-county service area (Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties). Registering will allow you to be found on our database of presenters, producers, and venues. This is a FREE service offered by CNY Arts.

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The directory is highly searchable, allowing users to find organizations by broad categories or detailed tags. For instance, a user could search for the category Visual Arts, or a more detailed medium such as painting, sculpture, photography, mural art, etc.

A profile page includes an agency description, contact information, an embedded map for venues and offices, and links to a wide variety of social media platforms.

An organization must be registered in order to list events on gotocnyarts.org, our comprehensive arts event calendar. CNY Arts has received a $100,000 grant from the Trust for Cultural Resources to support the promotion of gotocnyarts.org and all of the events listed on it.

Attention: Individual Artists!  We also built this for you!

The CNY Arts directory offers profiles for individual artists as well! Actors, painters, arts educators, musicians, dancers, puppeteers, sculptors, directors, curators, set designers, costumers... everyone involved in the artistic process. Make it easy for potential collaborators and customers to find you.
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Individual Artist profiles are where the "tag" system can show incredible benefits. Be as specific as you want to describe yourself. You're not just an actor, you're a film actor. Tag that. You're an impressionist painter? A documentary filmmaker? A crafter that uses upcycled materials? A nature photographer? Tag, tag, tag, tag. Users will be able to find a list of a broad category, but if they're looking for something specific, you can pop right up to the top.

Decentralization Awards Announced  
CNY Arts has announced its Community Arts Grants for 2013. Seventy not-for-profit organizations and regional artists will share over $147,000 in awards for community-based cultural projects in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties.

Some of the projects funded were Open Figure Drawing's Figure Drawing Clinic and portfolio review for High School Students throughout Syracuse, the Hamilton Arts in the Park Series, and the Cashmore Marionette Community Residency in Oswego. Also keep an eye on the 2013 Individual Artist Commission winners, Kit Pang (Choreography), Monk Rowe (Music), Angela Arrey-Wastavino (Visual Arts), and Ryan Johnson-Travis (Theater). See the CNY Arts Events Calendar for a complete listing of Community Arts Projects funded near you.

Community Arts Grants are awarded with funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The program is designed to reflect the priorities of communities and neighborhoods across the state by relying on local decision-making. This year, CNY Arts carried out the program with the help of six different review panels composed of 42 qualified volunteers from all six counties. The panels reviewed applications for funding that had been solicited during the summer and fall from organizations and individual artists throughout the region. 
A complete list of grantees will be available at cnyarts.org/grants.

State Arts Budget Remains Intact

nysca logo white bkgdThe results of our New York State advocacy efforts did not yield the $4 Million increase we had asked for, but the good news is that the 2014 budget was not cut and remains intact for the second year in a row. A proposal to increase NYSCA administrative funding to set up a private fundraising arm for the agency was eliminated by the State Legislature in the final approved budget.

Opportunity Listings
Calls for Artists / Auditions 
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. 

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 www.clayscapespottery.com

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 www.wacheva.com 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 www.ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org 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  


Giffordslist.org A resource sharing website, administered by the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, for Central New York nonprofits and businesses.

www.ArtsinOswego.org 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 artsinoswego@gmail.com.

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
communications@cnyarts.org. 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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