Through years of planning and implementation in the arts community, one theme consistently reasserts itself... the idea that arts, culture, history, and heritage organizations are stronger when we work together. Whether its partnering on projects that draw on diverse groups and disciplines, or sharing resources, or working together for advocacy, we have a bigger impact together than we do apart.

We see it with the many IDEAS Collaborative projects and in responses to our ENGAGE CNY survey. We see it with, our Collaborative Marketing Information System. We see it with our Arts in Higher Education Consortium. Properly utilized partnerships and collaborations can maximize the potential of every member.

Moving forward, CNY Arts will continue to explore the concepts creative placemaking and arts & entertainment districting, and identifying how these two concepts can be applied in Central New York's neighborhoods, cities, towns, and villages. 

Cities across the country have used creative placemaking and arts & entertainment districting to maximize their creative potential. ENGAGE CNY has given us a roadmap for how we can do the same for our region by working together to spur innovation and cultural tourism.

We welcome input into how this can best be accomplished. Please email with your ideas.
Upcoming REDC CFA Workshops
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
  • June 5, 1:30p - 4p, Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College
  • June 18, 9:30a - noon, Syracuse University
Mohawk Valley
  • 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.

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!

Place your early bird order today to reserve seats for your students and save a few dollars! 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!
omotSyracuse University "On My Own Time" Exhibit
On May 13, Syracuse University held a reception at Hendricks Chapel to celebrate its on-site On My Own Time exhibit. Catherine Gerard, Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at The Maxwell School and CNY Arts Board President Emeritus, addressed a large group of Syracuse University artists and colleagues. 33 SU employees submitted a total of 69 pieces of original visual art to this year's exhibit, which was coordinated by SU's Linda Pitonzo, Director of Events for the Office of the Chancellor. The works included color and black and white photography, oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, drawing, leather, mixed media, jewelry, glasswork, sculpture and metalwork. Eight pieces were selected by a volunteer adjudication panel to become part of the 2015 CNY Arts' On My Own Time joint company exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art this coming fall.
Upcoming Community Meetings for Reviving Place
CNY Arts is partnering with the Onondaga Environmental Institute for the Reviving Place Project. OEI will host three community meetings in June where residents of two focus areas (the South Side of Syracuse and the Tully Valley) can join a conversation about what is important to them in their communities. Artists will integrate these voices into a community map. If you are interested in joining a community meeting, look below.

Syracuse's South Side
Tuesday, June 16th
Southwest Community Center (Lobby)
401 South Ave

Free and open to the public.
Enjoy light refreshments from
Honey's Truffles and Wegmans!
For more information, call 472-2150 ext 14.

Tully Valley
Tuesday, June 23rd
Tully Free Library, Community Room
12 State Street, Tully 13159

Tuesday, June 30th, 6:30-8:30PM
LaFayette Community Center
2508 US-11, LaFayette 13084

Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 472-2150 ext 14

CNY Arts Board of Directors Update
The CNY Arts staff and Board of Directors would like to thank two Board Members for their support and dedication to the arts.

Mary Vanouse joined the CNY Arts Board in 2013. She will be retiring from her position as the Director of Community Development for the City of Oswego, where she has worked for the last 27 years. CNY Arts wishes her the best in her retirement and thanks her for her years of service.

Jeffrey Woodward joined the CNY Arts Board in 2010. After eight years as Managing Director of Syracuse Stage, Jeff has accepted the position of Managing Director with the Dallas Theater Center. CNY Arts thanks Jeff for his leadership and professionalism, and wishes him the best of luck in his new position.
CNY Arts Community News
CNY Arts mourns the loss of Earl Colvin. Mr. Colvin managed movie theaters in the '50s, was a Korean War combat veteran, gay activist, chef, singer, actor, and printer. He ran for Congress in 1976 on a platform of "Human Needs, Human Rights, Human Dignity" and for Mayor of Syracuse in 1977. Many knew Earl from The Printers Devil and Theatre a la Carte. Mr. Colvin passes away on Sunday, May 24.

Mr. Colvin's full obituary can be found here.
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) 

Syracuse Chorale

Music Director Search


The Syracuse Chorale, a non-profit association founded in 1953, contributes to the cultural life of Central New York by performing excellent choral music.  The Chorale seeks a dynamic Music Director to lead this non-auditioned, community choral group of 60-75 dedicated members. The Director will: plan programs, rehearse weekly (Tuesday, 6:30-9:30), and conduct the group in three major concerts per year; collaborate with other community groups and make recommendations for fundraising; take a progressive view of the teaching role of the Director, emphasizing development of members' musical skills. 

For the full listing, please visit


Clemens Center for the Performing Arts

Executive Director Search (Elmira, NY)


The CCPA seeks an industry professional who will be an articulate champion for the Clemens Center, an engaging leader with financial acumen, a thorough grounding in performing arts facility management and a strong track record in fund-raising, programming, and collaborative projects. The Executive Director is a key participant in community affairs, representing the Clemens Center in a variety of settings.  

For the full listing, please visit:


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,