July 2013 
CNY Arts Directory and Culture Guide
Meet and Greet with NYSCA Executive Director
Arts Means Business
CDP Orientation Meetings
Upcoming Events
Engage CNY
Special Thanks

Engage CNY, the regional cultural assessment and planning process being conducted by CNY Arts, launched on June 16 with the first meeting of the Leadership Advisory Council, followed immediately by forums with artists and cultural organizations in Oneida and Madison Counties.

CNY Arts and the Co-Chairs of Engage CNY would like to extend special thanks to the people and organizations that have enabled the process so far.

Art Pierce, Kylie Pierce and the staff and board of the Capitol Theater in Rome, NY

Vince Scalise and the staff and board of the Players of Utica

Patti Lockwood-Blais (from the Earlville Opera House), Patricia von Mechow and the staff and board of the Palace Theater in Hamilton.

All of the individual artists and arts, culture, and heritage groups that participated in the forums.

And all of the Arts Captains and members of Leadership Advisory Council that attended the Launch.

This project is just getting started and it is with the efforts of the individuals and organizations like these that it will be able to achieve the highest levels of success.
2014 Decentralization Guidelines Released Later this July
CNY Arts will once again administer Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Commissions, and Arts in  Education Grants for Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties for the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.
The Decentralization Program (DEC) awarded 76 projects a total of $147,190 in funding in 2013.
Guidelines will include deadline and submission information, revised eligibility requirements and restrictions, and criteria.

Grant Information Seminars will take place throughout August and September in each of the counties served.

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

the IDEAS Collaborative.

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CNY Arts wants to hear from you! As part of ENGAGE CNY, we will conduct facilitated forums for arts, culture, and heritage groups across our region, as well as for individual artists, historians, and culture providers.

Onondaga County
Tuesday, July 30
Syracuse Stage (Lobby)
820 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13210

Arts and Culture Organization Forum 3p - 4:15p
Decentralization Award Ceremony 4:30p - 5p
Individual Artist Forum 5:45p - 7p

Cortland County
Wednesday, July 31
Living History Center
4386 US Rt. 1
Cortland, NY 13045

Arts and Culture Organization Forum 3p - 4:15p
Decentralization Award Ceremony 4:30p - 5p
Individual Artist Forum 7p - 8:15p

Oswego County
Thursday, August 1
Canal Commons
 191 - 203 West 1st Street
Oswego, NY 13126

Arts and Culture Organization Forum 3p - 4:15p
Decentralization Award Ceremony 4:30p - 5p
Individual Artist Forum 7p - 8:15p

These forums will focus on the needs of local artists, the future of arts and culture in our region, challenges faced by our community, and helping to define our regional cultural identity.

ENGAGE CNY is a project that can transform the cultural landscape of Central New York, and input from arts and culture providers of every shape and size is crucial to the success of the project. 

An Abridged List of 20 Possible Uses for the CNY Arts Directory and gotocnyarts.org Arts and Culture Guide

gotocnyarts.org, your guide to CNY Arts and Culture, and the CNY Arts Directory are both incredibly flexible tools that will help you navigate the thriving arts, culture, and heritage scene in Central New York. Below is a brief selection of possible searches.
  1. Wondering what's happening today?
  2. Wondering what's happening this weekend?
  3. Wondering what's happening Labor Day Weekend?
  4. Looking for a museum?
  5. Looking for artists that work in electronic media, film, video
  6. Looking for theater events in the next two weeks...
  7. ...or for family-friendly events in Onondaga County
  8. Are there World Music concerts in CNY? (SPOILER: yes)
  9. Looking for Theatre in Cortland
  10. Searching for organizations that offer arts education
  11. Looking for heritage and history organizations
  12. Looking for things to do in Herkimer 
  13. Looking a company that specializes in murder mysteries...
  14. ...or places that combine art with science and nature
  15. Looking for places to perform or show your work
  16. Looking for a place where writers may gather
  17. How do I get to Penguin Palooza? (enter your address under the map)
  18. What about other festivals and fairs?
  19. What's going on Friday nights in Oswego County?
  20. And what about concerts... but only in Madison County.
  21. BONUS: How do I list my profile and events?
As more and more artists and organizations list themselves and their events, the possible uses will only grow. Making a film and looking for actors or makeup artists? Looking for a guitar teacher? Looking to see if there are any major events scheduled six months from now in your area so your major event doesn't conflict? Head to...


Meet & Greet and Q&A with NYSCA's Lisa Robb 
nysca logo white bkgdArtists and arts organizations are invited to join us for a meet and greet followed by a question and answer session with New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director, Lisa Robb.

Wednesday, July 24
1:00-2:30 PM

Le Moyne College Science Building
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214

The session will take place after the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshop.

To attend, please click here to RSVP.

For more information about the CFA Workshop, please visit: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/central-new-york

Our thanks to Le Moyne College for provided space for this event. 

Rome Art and Community Center Presents "Arts Means Business"
Rome Art And Community Center is excited to present "Arts Means Business", a business breakfast presentation with Congressman Richard Hanna and special guests: NYSCA; Peggy O'Shea, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties; Andrew Marietta, Regional Manager of NYCON; and Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts- as well as local leaders and legislators.  
Arts Organizations and non-profits will be able to gain inspiration from examples of successful arts & business partnerships, learn how to use regional models to stimulate your organizational budget and local economy through the arts, hear arts impact updates from NYS leaders, participate in a roundtable discussion and, of course, network with area businesses, organizations, and legislators.

$15 Event Fee Includes:
  • Coffee networking time
  • Breakfast buffet catered by Spressos
  • Keynote Address by Congressman Richard Hanna
  • Informative speakers
  • Optional Roundtable Discussion after the morning session 
For more information, or to register for the event, please click here.

Cultural Data Project Orientation Sessions in Central New York
The New York State Cultural Data Project (CDP) offers a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations and gather reliable, longitudinal data on the arts and cultural sector. The CDP provides nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with the tools necessary to streamline financial reporting, quickly and easily track trends in their own performance and benchmark themselves against others.

Are you new to the CDP? Or would you like to learn more about the CDP's powerful reporting tools? The Cultural Data Project is pleased to announce our next round of orientations in Central New York. These orientations will save you time and help you make the most of your CDP data.

New User Orientation: Discover the basics of completing your Data Profile, and learn how to generate reports and apply to participating grantmakers. We highly recommend this session if you or your organization is new to the CDP, or if you need a refresher on entering your organization's data into the CDP Data Profile. Find more information and register at the link below.


Small Organizations Orientation: More than 50% of CDP users have budgets of less than $250,000. If your organization falls within that budget category, the CDP is offering a special orientation session specifically for you. Whether you are a small non-audited 501(c)3 organization, a collective or group that is fiscally sponsored, or an organization run by volunteers, this session will help you complete your Data Profiles as efficiently as possible and get the most out of the CDP. Find more information and register at the link below.



CDP Reports Orientation: Make your data work for you! Learn how to generate dozens of powerful trend and comparison reports that can yield new insights into your operations and finances, all with just a few clicks of the mouse. During this session participants will walk through several example scenarios for using these reports for financial management, planning, and evaluation- and all these reports are free of charge for CDP participants. (Please note that in order to run reports, you must have one Data Profile completed.) Find more information and register at the links below.


Syracuse - Tuesday July 23 @ 1pm ET

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!
Oswego Players
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 14

Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association
Friday July 12 - Sunday, July 14

ArtRage Gallery
Saturday, June 1 - Saturday, July 20

Jewish Community Center of Syracuse
Wednesday, July 17: 7:00-9:00 PM

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. 

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 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.

Thank you.