Through its new Graduate Programs in Arts Administration, Le Moyne College is forging new connections with local Arts and Culture organizations. Starting this summer and fall, the College will offer two new degrees - a Master of Science and a Graduate Certificate - in the growing field of Arts Administration. Le Moyne is the first Jesuit College or University in the United States to offer a Master of Science in Arts Administration.

During the program, students will study marketing, fundraising, finance, governance, community engagement, and other arts-related topics. Students will also complete coursework offered by Le Moyne's Madden School of Business and will work directly with arts and culture organizations during a capstone consulting project.

Local organizations who have signed on to work directly with students include Artrage Gallery, CNY Arts, CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, Community Folk Art Center, Everson Museum of Art, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, Landmark Theatre, Open Hand Theater, Point of Contact Gallery, Redhouse Arts Center, Sculpture Space, Skaneateles Festival, Symphoria, Syracuse International Film Festival, Syracuse Poster Project, Syracuse Stage, and the United States Institute of Theatrical Technology.

"First and foremost, working in the real world will provide our students with valuable tools and insights as they continue their careers in the visual and performing arts," says Travis Newton, assistant professor at Le Moyne and director of the new program. "We also hope that these partnerships will reap benefits for our local arts and culture organizations, which enhance our quality of life and deserve our support."

During the month of April, the College will hold two information sessions for community members who would like to learn more about the program:

Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, which is located on the Le Moyne campus (at the corner of Salt Springs and Springfield Roads). Program faculty and admission representatives will be on hand to explore the degree requirements for the 36-credit Master of Science in Arts Administration as well as the 15-credit Graduate Certificate.

The second session will be conducted via Google Hangout (online video conferencing) on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. EDT, enabling those not located in Syracuse to learn more about the program in an interactive format. For this virtual session, Le Moyne faculty will be joined by Barry Church-Woods, an executive with the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival, one of the College's global partners. An overview of the program's curriculum will also be given during this second session, and the entire session will be made available on Youtube for those who are unable to attend.

To learn more about the program and to RSVP for an information session, visit
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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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harmsThe 2015 Michael Harms Theater Festival Award Winners!
Students from Skaneateles High School Drama perform a dance from "42nd Street"
at the 2015 Michael Harms Theater Festival. 
Over 240 students and adults from five high schools and two community theater groups across five counties in New York's Central and Southern Tier regions gathered at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY on Saturday, March 28 for CNY Arts' 2015 Michael Harms Theater Festival. This annual celebration of youth in theater is a combination of musical and dramatic theater performances, feedback, and professionally-led workshops for both young performers and behind the scenes artists and crew.

Auburn High School, Dana West Jr-Sr High, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, The Media Unit, Onondaga Jr/Sr High School, Oswego Children's Theater, and Skaneateles High School participated in this year's festival.
  • The Award of Excellence-High School was presented to Skaneateles High School Drama for their production of 42nd Street, directed by Michael Kringer.
  • The Award of Excellence-Community Theater was presented to The Media Unit for their production of From the Back of the Bus, directed by Walt Shepperd and student director Ana-Rachel Richardson.
  • The award for Outstanding Technical Achievement was presented to Skaneateles High School Drama for their production of 42nd Street, directed by Michael Kringer.
The Michael F. Harms Memorial Scholarship was awarded to two talented seniors who will study theater next year in college.
  • Lauren Guinnip from Auburn High School
  • Elinor Meyer from Skaneateles High School
CNY Arts would like to thank Cayuga Community College; Bob Frame, Alicia Frame, and all the production assistants; the workshop leaders and our professional respondents; the directors, designers, and, of course, the student participants. 

The Michael Harms Theater Festival is supported by funds from the F. Michael Harms Memorial Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation.

ArtGrantsOnondaga County Grant Recipients Announced
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CNY Arts is please to announce the recipients of the 2015 Economic Development and Project Support grants, funded by the County of Onondaga. In total 23 organizations were awarded $175,200 for arts projects in our communities. 
"Onondaga County continues to demonstrate its support for arts and culture organizations large and small, and its commitment to the arts sector as an important economic driver for the region," said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director

Tourism & Economic Development
for arts projects from eligible Onondaga County cultural organizations that focus on growing the economy 
  • CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, 2015 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival - $21,758
  • Everson Museum, Three Graces - $33,242
  • Symphoria, Itzhak Perlman Performance - $30,000
  • Syracuse Stage, Peter Pan - $40,000
Project Support
for arts projects from eligible Onondaga County cultural organizations that provide high caliber and accessible arts programming to the community
  • Civic Morning Musicals Inc., CMM 125th Anniversary Sunday Concert Series - $2500
  • CORA Foundation, IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan - The Photographs of Michelle Gabel and Bruce Strong - $2000
  • Downtown Syracuse Foundation, ArtsWeek - $2500
  • New York State Rhythm and Blues Festival, 23rd New York State Blues Festival - $2500
  • Society for New Music (Syracuse, NY), Performances/recordings of  commissioned works - $2500
  • Syracuse Children's Theatre, Inc.,Disney High School Musical, Jr. & Legally Blonde, Jr. - $2500
  • Syracuse Chorale, A Lincoln Legacy - $2500
  • Syracuse City Ballet, Swan Lake - $3500
  • Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, The Juilliard String Quartet Concert - $1757
  • Syracuse International Film Festival, PIXAR at the M.O.S.T - $3000
  • Syracuse Pops Chorus, Inc., 2015 Concert Series, $3000
  • Syracuse Poster Project Inc., Annual Civic Art Poster Series - $3500
  • Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Corp, Shakespeare-In-The-Park: All's Well that Ends Well - $3500
  • Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc., American Legends - $1000
  • Dance Theater of Syracuse, DTS Annual Student Performance -$2243
  • Syracuse Allied Arts, Art Mart - $1200
  • Syracuse Community Choir, 30th Anniversary Community Choir Concert - $2000
  • Syracuse Vocal Ensemble Inc., A Pacific Rim Tour - $2000
  • Westcott Community Center, Second Saturday Concert Series - $1500
ritaCNY Arts Welcomes Rita Paniagua to Board of Directors
Rita Paniagua was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been a resident in Syracuse since June of 2003. Her 30-year background in Business Administration, Fundraising, and Public Relations has been instrumental to her success in Syracuse. Rita also brings with her experience in the field of performing arts, radio and special events production.

Since her arrival, Rita has been committed to work with the Latino community in Syracuse through the Spanish Action League. She started working with the Agency's youth programs in June 2003, and in 2005 became part of the Administration team coordinating the Agency's special events and fundraising and in January of 2007 she was appointed Executive Director. Rita serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council on the Arts by Governor Cuomo's appointment.
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CNY Arts and the Central New York arts community mourn the sudden passing of Thea St. Omer, a visual artist, poet, and filmmaker from Syracuse, NY. You can read about the impact she had on her friends and loved ones, as a person and as an artist, on
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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) 


Wescott Street Cultural Fair
Musicians, bands and performers
Application deadline: May 31, 2015

September 20, 2015, the 24th WSCF will take place from noon to 6:30pm. It is a one day event that celebrates diversity and uniqueness of the Westcott neighborhood. We are looking for musicians, bands and performers to perform at one of our six stages: main, multicultural, acoustic, dance, belly dance and childeren's stage. Please apply at:
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

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) 

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