Continuing to ENGAGE
This past May, CNY Arts released our regional cultural assessment results and the ENGAGE CNY regional cultural plan which will offer direction for our agency and Central New York's arts, culture, history, and heritage sectors for the next ten years. CNY Arts has been actively laying the groundwork for this plan for the last three months. I'd like to give you a brief update on what we have been doing:

Expanding collaborative marketing efforts
In our research we discovered that...
  • Arts organizations ranked collaborative marketing and promotion assistance as their highest priority. 
  • Individual artists identified "marketing" as the most valuable service we could provide. 
  • A remarkable 87% of the public expressed interest in our region's entertainment, creative, and cultural activities, only 27% say they know a lot about what is going on. 
This all points to a need for a robust, well-designed, and well-promoted need that can fill. Our web designer is hard at work making the calendar more user friendly and easier to find relevant event information, and CNY Arts is securing advertising space on the web, in magazines and newspapers, on the radio, on billboards, and at festivals across the region.

Integrating Arts and Education
87% of individuals who took our survey told us that creative and cultural activities are important for children both in and out of school (73% said very important). CNY Arts is going to step up outreach efforts for our artSTART arts education grants. It is our goal to ensure that every qualified teaching artist with a project to share can apply for funding to provide the arts education services needed in our schools.

Emphasizing ENGAGE Priorities in Regrant Programs
The 2015 Arts Grants (see below) will give special consideration to projects that speak to the priorities in the ENGAGE regional cultural plan. The 2015 Arts Grants support projects that serve the public, and the public told us what they value through the Assessment process. Those priorities can all be found in the ENGAGE Cultural Plan document.

These are all just first steps. CNY Arts is in the planning and fund development stages of other projects aligned with ENGAGE. We'll keep you updated on progress in this space.

Stephen Butler
CNY Arts
CNY Arts
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY  13202

CNY Arts is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency,
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with support from the
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the IDEAS Collaborative
artsgrants2015 Arts Grants from CNY Arts
Applications Available 
CNY Arts has launched Decentralization (DEC) Grant guidelines and applications for the 2015 cycle which can be found at The grant programs will include Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist tiers.

Call for Panelists
CNY Arts is seeking a diverse group of professionals with a range of expertise from all across the 6 county region to fulfill the Decentralization advisory panelist role. If you, or someone you know would be interested in participating, please complete the nomination form here

Informational Seminars
Grant informational seminars will start in August and run through October. We are looking for venues and/or groups to present to, if you are interested in hosting or would like us to speak with your group, please complete the form here.
gotocnyartsPut Your Event Listings on!
September is almost upon us and with that come new seasons for theater, music, and galleries. If you are an individual artist or arts organization in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties, make sure to get your upcoming events on the calendar to take advantage of the promotion surrounding the calendar.

In the coming months, you will see advertised on billboards and at festivals in addition to our regular promotion over the air, on the web, and in print across the region. People are making fall travel decisions now, so don't hesitate to get your events on the calendar sooner rather than later. gives you the ability to promote your events the way you want them promoted, with your own descriptions and images. If you need help on how to create an event, or are looking for best practices on how to make your event stand out, contact our program associate Elizabeth Allers at

careersCareers in the Arts
CNY Arts receives numerous inquiries from individuals looking for careers in arts management. If you have positions available in your organization in marketing, development, administration, box office management, or artistic programming, we will gladly forward postings directly to these individuals in addition to sharing them on the newsletter or via social media, whichever is most appropriate for your needs. Email job postings to

SYRACUSE STAGE seeks a year-round, full time Development Assistant to manage all levels of donors including Individual, Corporate, Foundation and Government. Responsibilities include managing correspondence with all acquisition and renewal activity in the development office, including tracking and assuring benefits are delivered, and invoicing and updating development database. Assistant works with Development Director to plan and oversee individual giving campaigns. Grant writing experience preferred! Prior donor database management helpful. College degree desirable. Good communication and written skills are needed. Seeking an individual who works well with others and is also self-directed. Candidate must be familiar with Word and Excel. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to: HR Administrator, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210 or email to No phone calls please. EOE

SYRACUSE STAGE is committed to delivering a unique and superior experience to all its patrons with the assistance of an Audience Services Director. It seeks an organized, personable and highly motivated individual to direct and oversee all audience services and customer services for performances and events including front-of-house management, ushers, food and bar concessions and gift shop management. Previous house management, restaurant and/or special events experience highly desirable. Successful candidates will possess strong people skills, an eye for detail, creativity, the ability to work with grace under pressure, word processing and spreadsheet knowledge, outstanding communication skills. Hours vary from week to week and include evenings and weekends. Employment is full time salaried exempt, August 25 through mid-May, benefits. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to: HR Administrator, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210 or email to No phone calls please. EOE.

Opportunities and Resources for Artists and Organizations
(email to submit)

Call For Entries - Bike Rack Design
Cazenovia Area Community Development Association

Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) is sponsoring a competition for the design and installation of a unique bicycle rack to be installed in the Village of Cazenovia. Deadline September 15

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - Call for Artists
 "From the Land" - Juried Exhibition 
Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts cordially invites all artists - painters, photographers, sculptors, etchers, lithographers, fiber artists, potters, etc. to submit their work. This year's exhibition theme is "From the Land." With the Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival as backdrop we seek works of art that depict our landscape and/or elements of our natural environment. 
Eligibility requirements and additional details can be found here.
Open Call for Artists - Exhibit Opportunity 
Westcott Community Art Gallery 
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) 



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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
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