May 2013 
CNY Arts Directory
Michael Harms Theater Festival
Economic Development Grants
Project Support Grants
Upcoming Events
Michael Harms Theater Festival - Special Thanks

CNY Arts would like to thank the
F. Michael Harms Memorial Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, for support of the Michael Harms Theater Festival.

Special thanks also go out to our respondents...

Rose Burnett Bonczek
Mark Cole
Maria Marrero our workshop leaders...

Carey Eidel
Terry LaCasse
Maria Wechsler
Bradley Benjamin
Kathleen Zamniak
Kevin Shumway
Ken Keech
Michael Broughton
Tiffany Goarcke
Meggan Camp

...and to the production staff.

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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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gotoThe new directory at continues to grow each day! We are very excited about the 144 arts groups and artists who have a
lready created a profile and have listed events in the new regional arts and cultural events guide at Both the directory and events guide are part of a joint effort with the Syracuse Conventions and Visitors Bureau to position Central New York as an arts and cultural destination. 

The new arts directory is a great tool for artists and organizations to list and promote themselves to the world. Each profile is linkable to websites and social media like Facebook and Twitter. These profiles act as a hub of information where people can connect and learn about artists and arts groups that are in our communities. Looking for a collaborative partner for a community project? Need a teaching artist? Want to work with an arts organization on a special arts project? People can search the directory to foster these new connections and to strengthen the benefits of a strong arts and cultural community.

Creating a profile in the directory gives access to list events on the new Arts & Cultural Events Guide at This events guide was created out of community discussion that asked participant for suggestions on how to increase participation in the arts. The suggestions pointed to the need for a comprehensive arts and cultural marketing website.

CNY Arts will heavily promote the calendar throughout the CNY region beginning on May 15th. Our joint collaboration with the Syracuse Conventions and Visitors Bureau, extends the message that CNY is a destination for arts and culture to visitors travelling to our region.

If you are an artist or an arts group, create a profile today and begin listing your events. And help us spread the word. Together we can create a strong arts and cultural community that attracts residents and visitors to our great arts and cultural assets. 
Promotion of the CNY Arts Directory and Event Guide are supported through the IDEAS Collaborative Funders.

Area Students Attend Michael Harms Theater Festival 
CNY Arts brought together more than 150 students and adults from four Central New York high schools and two community theater groups at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY for the 2013 Michael Harms Theater Festival on Saturday, April 13. This annual celebration of youths in theater is a combination of musical and dramatic theater performances, feedback, and professionally-led workshops for both young performers and behind the scenes artists and crew.
Auburn High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, the Media Unit, Nottingham High School, Oswego Children's Theater, and Skaneateles High School Drama participated in this year's Festival.

CNY Arts presented awards and scholarship for notable performances and technical work:

- The Award of Excellence-High School was presented to Jamesville-DeWitt High School for their production of The Trial, written and directed by Joe Goldberg

- The Award of Excellence-Community Theater was presented to The Media Unit for their production of Lost Parade, directed by Walt Shepperd

- The Technical Achievement Award was presented to Auburn High School for their production of The Seussification of A Midsummer's Night's Dream, directed by Allison Fennessy

- The Michael Harms Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brittany Fayle - Jamesville-DeWitt High School

- The Redhouse Summer Intensive Scholarship was awarded to Lucano Petrocci - Skaneateles High School 
A complete list of honorees, respondents, and workshop leaders will be available at
Front row (L to R) - Nicholas Kochan, Benjamin Kringer, Lucano Petrocci, and Maddie Legg; Back row (L to R) Matt Payne and Alexandra Hagen. Lucano Petrocci was awarded the Redhouse Summer Intensive Scholarship, Alexandra Hagen received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Musical Performance, and the full cast of Beauty and the Beast, from Skaneateles HIgh School, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Ensemble Performance.

Onondaga County - CNY Arts Grantees Announced
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CNY Arts would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2013 Economic Development, Tier Three Development, and Tier Three / Project Support Grants.

Economic Development Grants
Tier Three Development Grants
CNY Arts designed these grants at the direction of Onondaga County to support projects that would have significant impacts on the economy of Onondaga County, and on the sustainability of the organization. Awards were determined by a panel composed of an arts presenter, economist, and a tourism industry professional and approved by members of the Onondaga County Legislature.

Grants were funded from Room Occupancy Tax revenue.

CNY Arts is grateful to the County of Onondaga for making funds available for the creation of these grant programs.

CNY Arts Project Support grants

CNY Arts has also issued ten project support grants to assist with artistically meritorious projects executed by agencies that do not traditionally receive funding from Onondaga County.

Upcoming Regional Arts and Culture Events

CNY Arts funds over 70 arts and culture programs in our service area each year through the NYSCA Decentralization process. Here are just a few in a county near you!
An improvisational story-making workshop for high school students and adults will be held at the Kirkland Town Library entitled Off the Cuff/Playback Theater. Teaching artists Ann Carey and Shannon Enders lead the workshop on Saturday, May 18.

From May 1 to July 31, make sure to catch the Rust Belt | New Pants outdoor art exhibit at Lipe Art Park that examines the evolving identity of the city of Syracuse. Starting with its industrial, manufacturing beginnings and going to its presence as a post-industrial and cultural hub. Seven local Syracuse artists will be showing their work in the exhibition.

Don't miss tenor, Todd Graber perform as part of the Rhea LaVeck Concert Series taking place on Saturday, May 25 at 7:15 at the Pulaski Congregational Church.

If you want to visit Cortland, go on the first Friday of the month for Cortland's First Fridays (next one, Friday June 7 5:00-8:00 PM). It's a night for experiencing art in Cortland. Participating galleries, studios, artists, businesses, music and performing arts venues extend their hours from 5-8PM and are open to the public to spotlight the arts.

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. 

French-American Jazz Exchange grants
Information and Applications can be found here. Deadline is May 30.
NYSCA - Electronic Media and Film Grants, Presentation Funds
Information and Applications can be found here. 
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


Library Survey

On behalf of the Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL), the Ad Council of Rochester is conducting a survey. Your input as a community stakeholder will be very helpful in OCPL's planning efforts.


All of the responses will be anonymous. The survey should take about 10 - 12 minutes to complete.


Here is the web link:


If you have any questions about the survey technology, please contact the Ad Council of Rochester at

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.