September 2013 
Arts and Culture Provider Survey
ENGAGE CNY Community Survey Distribution
Decentralization Guidelines and Seminars
40th Annual On My Own Time Exhibit
On My Own Time

CNY Arts would like to thank all of the participating businesses and sponsors for On My Own Time 2013.

Gold Level Sponsors

Upstate Medical University
WRVO Public Media

Silver Level Sponsor

Onondaga Community College

Bronze Level Sponsors:
Boxcar Press
Community Folk Art Center
County of Onondaga
Entergy Nuclear
Liverpool Art Center
Lockheed Martin
Northland Communications
Oswego County BOCES
L. & J. G. Stickley
Syracuse City School District
Syracuse University
United Radio

We thank our participating company sponsors, company coordinators, the Everson Museum of Art, and everyone who contributed their time and effort to this year's program!

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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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Arts, Culture, History, and Heritage Provider Survey
ENGAGE CNY, as part of its regional cultural assessment, is amassing the first ever inventory of arts, culture, historic, and heritage resources in CNY Arts' six-county region. 
Based upon these survey responses and additional branches of research, CNY Arts will create a map of the cultural assets across Central New York. This impressive picture of our industry - both organizations and individuals - will be used as a tool to advocate for increased government and private support. In addition, your perspective will be essential to the formation of a regional cultural plan that will have far-reaching implications on the future of arts and culture in our region. 
Artists, Historians, Heritage Enthusiasts, and Creators
CNY Arts is working to create a comprehensive, geotagged database of individuals that actively pursue creative endeavors in the region. We are searching for all manner of creative individuals from painters to landscape architects, musicians to culinary artists, writers to designers.
Arts, Culture, History and Heritage Organizations
CNY Arts would like to hear from nonprofit organizations that focus on creative offerings of any kind. In addition to these mission-specific arts, culture, history, and heritage organizations, we also want to inventory non-arts organizations for whom creativity is a vital component of their offerings.*
*Organizations will be asked to provide attendance and financial information. Please have this information, or your most recent CDP, available when you take the survey. This information is for research purposes only and is not required but will greatly assist in developing a complete profile of the impact of arts, culture, history, and heritage on our community.

The Community Survey continues! Help us spread the word!

CNY Arts is seeking input from residents in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties as part of our 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. 

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. 

Links to all surveys and more information on ENGAGE CNY can be found at

2014 Grant Guidelines and Seminars

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CNY Arts' NYSCA Decentralization (DEC) Grant Applications and Guidelines are available for 2014. We continue to administer three grant programs listed below. For more information, please visit
Award: $500-$5000
Deadline: October 25, 2013 by 5:00 PM

Award: $2500
Deadline: October 4, 2013 by 5:00 PM

Award: $500-$5000
Deadline: November 15, 2013 by 5:00 PM

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

September Dates:

Monday, September 16 at 7:00 PM

Syracuse University Community Engagement Conference Room

The Warehouse, 4th Floor 

Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM
CNY Arts Center

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM
Cazenovia Public Library

Monday, September 23 at 6:00 PM
Beard Gallery

Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30 PM
Frank J. Basloe Library

Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00 PM
Utica Public Library
Please RSVP to or call 435-2155 if you plan to attend. We want to be able to contact you should the seminar be moved. 

On My Own Time Celebrates 40 Fantastic Years!

16" Banded Daffodil
Table Lamp,
Art Lilienthal 
Entergy Nuclear
The 40th edition of the CNY Arts On My Own Time program was launched in March, and since then 161 amateur artists from fifteen businesses and organizations in Onondaga and Oswego County exhibited 349 pieces of art at their work sites. On My Own Time 2013 closes this month with a grand finale exhibit, featuring an adjudicated selection of art from all participating companies! 

The exhibit opens September 12 at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street in Downtown Syracuse, and runs through October 6. Work from 69 amateur artists will be on exhibit, representing a large variety of media, including metal work, fiber art, sculpture, water color, acrylic, glasswork, ceramic, oil, ink, wood work, photography, and more. A complimentary catalog will be available at the exhibit, featuring participating companies and artists. We thank our participating company sponsors, company coordinators, the Everson Museum of Art, and everyone who contributed their time and effort to this year's program! Please see the sidebar for a full list of participating businesses and sponsors.
Rooted, Sculpture
Kevin Clapp 
Oswego County BOCES
On My Own Time was created in 1974 by the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County (now CNY Arts), in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art, to encourage local businesses, nonprofits, government, and civic organizations to identify, celebrate, and promote creativity among employees who are also artists 'on their own time'. Partnerships like these help the business and arts sectors in Central New York to discover that many of their goals overlap, and demonstrate how they can promote these mutual interests with shared projects. On My Own Time 2014 launches in March. To get more information on how your business can become involved, please visit, call Kara Greene at 315.935.6005 or e-mail 

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.