August 2013 
ENGAGE CNY Survey Distribution
Decentralization Guidelines and Seminars
How to gotocnyarts
Subcommittee Recommends Cut to Arts Funding
Special Thanks

ENGAGE CNY, the regional cultural assessment and planning process being conducted by CNY Arts, has been gaining momentum through the month of July and beginning of August.

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.

The staff of the Oswego Public Library.

Doreen Bates and the staff of the Living History Center in Cortland.

Jeffrey Woodward, Brian Crotty and the fantastic individuals at Syracuse Stage

Peter Dunn and the staff of the Central New York Community Foundation, with help from Dirk Sonneborn, for convening a meeting of foundation and corporate leaders to promote the project.

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

And all of the Arts Captains, Leadership Advisors, and individuals helping to spread the word about this important initiative.

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.
Syracuse Opera Announces New Board Officers, Members 

Following its recent annual meeting, the Syracuse Opera Board of Directors has elected a new slate of officers and appointed four new members to lead and serve the professional opera company during its 2013-2014 season and fiscal year.
Officers for the Syracuse Opera Board of Directors now are:

Chairman, Daniel Larson
Vice Chair, Amy Van Kirk
Treasurer, Jim Poole
Secretary, Don Lynch
Board Development Chair (Interim), R. Andrew Hagen

In addition, four new members were appointed to the Syracuse Opera Board of Directors, each with strong ties to and former experience with the organization. They are:

Eileen W. Price
David M. Rubin
Hildegard Schulze
Barbara Stone

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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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CNY Arts is seeking input from residents in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties as part of a new initiative to promote and develop the area's arts, culture, history, and heritage resources for both residents and tourists. CNY Arts' goal is to hear from at least 10,000 voices between now and October 1. It takes less than ten minutes to make sure one of those voices is yours!

This survey will help determine the future of arts, culture, heritage, and history in Central New York. For more information, visit Engage CNY at

We need your help!
If you would like to help distribute the survey via email or physical copy in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego Counties, please email Please include a rough estimate of the number of people you can reach and through what organization. 

Individual Artist and Arts & Culture Organizations Surveys
Individual Artists and Arts & Culture Organizations in our service area will be surveyed beginning August 15. If you would like to ensure that you receive a survey and have your voice heard, please click here to submit your contact information.

2014 Decentralization Grant Guidelines and Seminars

nysca logo white bkgd CNY Arts' NYSCA Decentralization Grant Applications and Guidelines are now available for 2014. Community Arts Grants, and Arts Education Grants (artSTART) are available for $500-$5,000 and four Individual Artist Commissions are open for $2,500. For more information please visit

Because of changes to the program including the implementation of an online grants management system, this year all applicants are required to attend at least one grant seminar. Please see the August dates below. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the DEC Coordinator, Elizabeth Lane at or (315) 435-2158. We are excited to hear more about your 2014 projects!

August Dates:

Please RSVP to or call 435-2155 if you plan to attend.

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30pm
Oneida Public Library
220 Broad St, Oneida

Wednesday, August 14, 7pm
Oswego Public Library
120 E. 2nd St, Oswego

Tuesday, August 20, 7pm
SU Arts Engage
124 E. Jefferson St, Syracuse

Wednesday, August 21, 6pm
14 Clayton Ave, Cortland

Tuesday, August 27, 6pm
Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts
403 Canal Pl, Little Falls

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30pm
Dodge-Pratt Northam Center
106 Schuyler St, Boonville

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Congressional Subcommittee Recommends Cuts to Arts Funding

On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY 2014 funding bill that calls for a 49% cut to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This would bring funding of the NEA down to $75 million, a level not seen since 1974.

The NEA funds grants in every congressional district in the country. A cut of this size would immediately end that ability to support the arts in all communities. The NEA supports funding in dance, design, folk & traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts.

Please take a few minutes to write to your Members of Congress to urge them to support the NEA in widening citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts, and advancing creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.

Opportunity Listings
Calls for Artists / Auditions 
Open Call for Artists - Exhibit Opportunity
Westcott Community Art Gallery (Visit their new website!)

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

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.

The YMCA's Downtown Writers Center offers creative writing classes and workshops on a regular basis, as well as an extensive series of readings by published poets and authors. For more information, visit

The East Area Family YMCA Arts Studio offers a wide range of 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 more. For a complete description of classes and fees visit, or contact Dani Mosko, Arts Studio Program 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.