It's a few days before the big day and everyone in Santa's workshop is buzzing with excitement about the biggest Christmas ever! Presents are being made, Santa is checking his list, and the reindeer are warming up and getting ready for the big flight...

Dasher's Magical Gift
Onondaga County Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street
Saturday, December 13, 11am

Tickets are on sale and moving quickly for the public premiere performance of Dasher's Magical Gift this Saturday! You can purchase tickets in person, over the phone, or on the web. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information. Don't miss your chance to be a part of what's sure to be a Central New York holiday tradition for years to come!

See a Preview of Dasher on Bridge Street!
Director and Choreographer Larry Crabtree stopped by WSYR's Bridge Street with Dasher and the elves. Click here to see their appearance!

Thank you for your support!
CNY Arts is exceptionally grateful for the support offered by the community during the production of Dasher's Magical Gift

Legacy Sponsors:
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Central New York Community Foundation
The Gifford Foundation

Patrons and Supporters:
Digital Analysis Corp.
Gannon's Ice Cream
Le Moyne College
Pathfinder Bank
ZOUNDS Hearing of CNY

Individual Donors:
Jessica Bell, Stephen N Butler, Katharine Chang, Christine Flynn, Catherine Gerard, Kara Greene, Marion Keib, Brian Kingsley, Mary Kate & Mike Intaglietta, Elizabeth Lane, William Lane, Mark Nerenhausen, Benny Simon, Carol Sweet
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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
County of Onondaga,
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the IDEAS Collaborative
ornamentCommemorative Dasher's Magical Gift Ornaments!

CNY Arts will once again have ornaments available for sale in the Crouse Hinds Theater lobby before and after the performance of Dasher's Magical Gift, along with a wider selection of Dasher Merchandise. These glass ornaments are $10 (two for $15). If you can't attend the performance, ornaments can be purchased by calling Susan, our Interim Program Coordinator, at 315-435-2126.

NEANational Endowment for the Arts Selects CNY Arts for $40,000 Award
CNY Arts is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $40,000 contract from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Art Works grant program. The funds will be used to support implementation of ENGAGE CNY, our ten-year cultural plan to boost the livability and economic vitality of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.


Art Works grants focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. ENGAGE CNY will continue its work connecting audiences to artistic offerings through collaborative marketing and through increased integration with our region's higher education institutions.


"It is incredibly gratifying that this process receives support on a national level," said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director. "This project is the culmination of months of work from dozens of people, all informed by the residents of Central New York. This award is a great win for the community." CNY Arts is one of just 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.


NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to CNY Arts. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives." 


ENGAGE CNY efforts have previously been supported by the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the Reisman Foundation, the Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, the Empire State Development Corporation, and the New York State Council on the Arts through the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. Initial funding for the project was received through the offices of New York State Senator Dave Valesky and former New York State Assemblywoman Joan Christensen, with support from the Syracuse Convention and Visitor's Bureau.


CNY Arts would like to thank the CNY Arts Regional Economic Development Council Arts and Tourism Subcommittee, the IDEAS Funding Partners, CenterState CEO, the Arts in Higher Education Consortium, the ENGAGE CNY Leadership Advisory Council, and the office of Representative Dan Maffei for their support during the application process. Representative Richard Hanna's office also offered support during the assessment and planning process.

And congratulations go out to the other NEA grantees in our region: the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation, Light Work, and Sculpture Space

boeheimJim and Juli Boeheim Foundation Gives $2500 to Send Kids to Dasher
The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation provided $2500 to support scholarships for children from budget-strapped schools to attend Dasher's Magical Gift

The Foundation's generous grant will help students from Bellevue Elementary, Clary Middle School, Dr. King Elementary, Salem Hyde Elementary, and Van Duyn Elementary in the Syracuse City School District. In total, over 450 students will benefit from the full and partial scholarships.
omotOn My Own Time Returning for its 42nd Year!

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CNY Arts' On My Own Time is a unique program the business and cultural sectors in Central New York to promote an appreciation of the arts and recognize workforce creativity! It is presented each year in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art. Businesses and organizations of any size are welcome to participate. Small businesses may choose to participate in the program in partnership with another small business.

Interested businesses will be invited to a welcome luncheon in March 2015, and the program begins in earnest in April. If you are interested in receiving more information about On My Own Time and how your business can get involved, contact On My Own Time Coordinator Kara Greene at or visit
rosterCNY Arts Staff and Board Update
CNY Arts welcomes four new board members to the Board of Directors:


Benjamin Bragdon is the President of the Bragdon Consulting Group, which provides corporate strategy and project management consulting services, using a client-centric approach to distilling clarity, vision, and empowering clients to act. Ben has worked with clients such as Destiny USA, the Haas Group, CenterState CEO, the US Green Building Council, and Habitat for Humanity. 

Heather Buchman is director of the Hamilton College Orchestra, as well as Education and Outreach Conductor for Symphoria, Syracuse's new professional orchestra. With Symphoria she has developed several innovative and collaborative programs for the Education and Family, Spark, and Casual series. She frequently guest conducts for the Society for New Music, and has had guest conducting engagements with Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music and other arts organizations.

Carol Dumka is a former music teacher and a retired elementary principal who is currently serving as the Arts-in-Education Coordinator for Herkimer BOCES. She is the Treasurer of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 78, the Vice-President of the Crane School of Music Alumni Board at SUNY Potsdam, and the President of the Board of Directors of the New Hartford Citizensʼ Band.

Merike Treier serves as executive director for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. Merike oversees all of the Downtown Committee programs involving advocacy, economic development and revitalization, marketing, security and environmental maintenance. Merike also serves as the president of the Downtown Syracuse Foundation, Inc., and is a board member for the Gifford Foundation, the Onondaga Citizen's League, Onondaga County Public Library, Housing Visions Unlimited and Adapt CNY, Inc.  

CNY Arts and the Central New York arts community will greatly benefit from their considerable expertise and diversity of experience.

CNY Arts will also welcome George Nardone as the new board President and Eunice Williams as the new Vice President. Catherine Gerard will serve ex officio as the Board Chair Emeritus.

Long-time board member Lisa Sova has completed her board tenure, having served our organization and the Central New York arts community for five years. The  staff and board send heartfelt thanks to Lisa for her service.

Last, but certainly not least, our Administration and Community Programs Manager Jon Wilson has left CNY Arts after four years to take a new position as the Assistant Director of Ticket and Subscription Services at Syracuse Stage. Jon joined CNY Arts to help manage our community programs and day-to-day administration during a time of tremendous transition for the agency. The CNY Arts staff and board wish him well in his new position.
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The CNY Arts office will operate with limited services this holiday season.

December 24, Office Closes at 1pm
December 25-26, Office Closed

December 31, Office Closes at 1pm
January 1, Office Closed

We at CNY Arts wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season. 
CNY Arts Newsletter Submissions
CNY Arts encourages all readers to share arts news and opportunities of regional relevance with us at Newsletters are typically published the first week of each month. We are always on the look out for job opportunities in the arts, calls for entry, requests for proposals, grant opportunities, volunteer opportunities, newcomers to (and passings from) our community. 

Please note, our policy is not to share arts event information in our newsletter. Arts event information should be submitted to Click here to learn more about that process.

We also only share RFP's and Calls for Entry where artists have an opportunity to earn income,  through stipends, salaries, or sales.
Opportunities and Resources for Artists and Organizations
(email to submit)

Artist in Residency - Sculpture Space

Deadline December 31, 2014

Sculpture Space has an open call for its artist in residence program. Depending on funding, eighteen to twenty residents are selectively chosen each year for a two-month residency with a stipend of $2,000 awarded to offset costs.

Details and applications can be found on the Sculpture Space website.


Calls for Entry - View

View seeks submissions from artists working in photorealism, hyperrealism, surrealism or any other trompe l'oeil techniques that makes the viewer take a second look, appears initially unbelievable or even mundane upon first glance, but reveals something extraordinary through the mastery of illusion. The exhibition is open to all media except for sound, video, and film. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition at View during the winter of 2016. Deadline to apply is December 14, 2014.


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) 


The New York State Literary Tree - Resources for writers in New York State. - A resource sharing website, administered by the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, for Central New York nonprofits and businesses.

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
For a comprehensive listing of artist workshops and classes in your area,