CNY Arts joins arts and culture organizations across New York State in appreciating the efforts of our Legislature and Governor Cuomo in supporting the New York State Council on the Arts with an increase of $5,000,000 for arts grants. These funds will provide valuable assistance to arts groups and artists across the state.

Many of you wrote to your elected representatives in the Assembly and Senate, or to the Governor, to encourage this increase for NYSCA support. We'd like to thank you for your efforts, and now encourage everybody to thank their legislators and the governor for this $5 million increase for NYSCA.

While there is always more work to be done to ensure the continued support of all of our arts, culture, history, and heritage agencies, this is a great moment for the arts sector in New York State.

Mailing Information for Governor and Legislature

Mailing addresses for members of the New York State Assembly can be found here. Not sure who your representative is? Try this link.

New York State Senate addresses are here, or if you need to find you Senator by your address, you can do that right from the New York Senate homepage.

Finally, a thank you message can be sent to the Governor at

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
redcUpcoming REDC-CFA Workshops
From early May through late June, NYSCA staff, along with staff from the other participating agencies, will present detailed information on its programs to the public at workshops across the state. Please click here for the complete schedule of upcoming workshops.

Registration required. Check link for RSVP Deadlines.

Central New York
  • May 19, 1:30p - 4p, Auburn Campus of Cayuga Community College
  • June 5, 1:30p - 4p, Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College
  • June 18, 9:30a - noon, Syracuse University
Mohawk Valley
  • May 22, 1:30p - 4p, Fulton Montgomery Community College
  • June 2, 1:30p - 4p, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • June 17, 1:30p - 4p, SUNY Cobleskill
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

and the National Endowment for the Arts.

dasherEarly Bird School Registration for Dasher's Magical Gift!
Dasher, Peppermint, Sir Ralph Elf, the Spirit of Christmas, and those lovable penguins Wiggles and Wobbles will all return to the Crouse Hinds Theater this December!

Even though the snow piles have just melted within the last few weeks, it's not too early to order your early bird school tickets. Early bird tickets are $7.75 if you place your school's reservation before October 1st!

Tickets are available for the following dates (please note the changes in schedule):
  • Wednesday, December 9, 10am
  • Thursday, December 10, 10am
  • Thursday, December 10, noon
  • Friday, December 11, 10am
For the first time, we will reserve the Friday noon slot as a replacement snow date in the event that a significant number of schools need to cancel on Wednesday or Thursday due to inclement weather.

Do you bring your family to the public performance? Well here's a Save the Date for you! 
  • Saturday, December 12, 11am
Tickets will go on sale this fall!
gotoWhat We Have Planned For
Your CNY Arts Events Calendar,, launched officially two years ago this month. In May 2013, we had 144 arts groups and artists registered on the directory and able to submit events. Now on its two year anniversary, it's important to recognize that number has grown to 688 registered users. We have supported these users and the events they submit, with $300,000 in advertising to residents and visitors, through funds provided by the IDEAS Collaborative, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Empire State Development.

The entire system has grown rapidly, but we always have opportunities for enhancements. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we have the following changes coming down the pike.
  • We're going to push events to more websites, to make sure people everywhere can easily find arts and culture information (and arts providers don't have to spend all day filling out calendars)
  • We will add accessibility search options so those with hearing, visual, and mobility impairments can find arts events can find cultural offerings that meet their needs.
  • We're going to let you save customized searches so you can get just the information you want, right away.
  • And we'll give you a heads up on the best places to eat, shop, and park your car near your favorite arts venues.
And, of course, we will continue to promote the calendar, and all of the events inside, in print, over the air, and on the web. So wish a happy anniversary by linking to the calendar from your website (you can use the image above), and join us as we look forward to many years to come!
grantsArts Grant Season is Coming Soon!
It's that time of year again! We will release NYSCA Decentralization guidelines for Community Arts Grants, artSTART Arts Education Grants, and Individual Artist Commissions this July.

Be the first to hear about grants and seminars
If you'd like to be kept informed about these and other arts grant opportunities, you can sign up by adjusting your newsletter preferences here. Just make sure to check off the box that reads: CNY Arts Grant Opportunities.

Help decide where arts funds should be directed
As always, CNY Arts is searching for individuals with a passion for arts, culture, and community to serve as panelists. We encourage interested individuals to submit their name for consideration by filling out this form. CNY Arts staff will follow up with you to request a copy of your resume or CV.
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) 

Center for Arts in Homer 

Executive Director Search 

The Center for the Arts of Homer, Inc. is seeking an entrepreneurial executive director to manage a nonprofit community arts center based in Homer, NY. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors that is seeking an applicant who will be responsible for general management as well as developing a community engagement and organizational growth strategy. Applicant should possess expertise in program development related to the organization's mission, as well as operations, business plan development and financial management. Additionally, the applicant should have a strong track record of fundraising and resource development. 

Click here for more details. 

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,