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Art in the Heart of Syracuse: ArtsWeek is Region’s Largest Arts Celebration

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More than twenty-six arts and cultural organizations will collaborate to present ArtsWeek, a week-long program of visual and performing arts events linked through a pedestrian corridor from Everson Plaza to Columbus Circle to City Hall Commons to Hanover Square to Clinton Square.  Events take place from July 20 to July 28, 2013.

Among the key elements of ArtsWeek are: the 43rd Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, presented by the Downtown Committee; the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival; the 22nd annual Syracuse New Times Street Painting Festival; the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest;  and the Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair.

“Arts and cultural activities such as these produce tangible economic benefits and strengthen our community, which is why AmeriCU is involved and eagerly supports these efforts,” said Judy Cowden, vice president of Member Relations and Marketing for AmeriCU Credit Union. “We are in this community to contribute to its growth and development and foster efforts to strengthen its economic base.”

This is AmeriCU’s fifth year as the title sponsor of the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival.  Now in its 43rd year, this festival is known for its high quality fine art and contemporary crafts, with participants from 25 U.S. states and Canada. Set in historic Columbus Circle, this family-friendly event draws more than 50,000 people to downtown each year.

A $10,000 Economic Development grant from CNY Arts was secured to execute a marketing plan for ArtsWeek.  The robust economic impact of this unique ‘festival of festivals’ is an untold success story for downtown, and grant funds will allow ArtsWeek to measure that success.  In collaboration with the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation and the Downtown Committee, a study will be conducted to determine the economic impacts of ArtsWeek. Researchers from RMS will circulate throughout all ArtsWeek events giving short surveys to attendees. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the surveys so that the importance of arts and cultural activities to the health of the region can be quantified.  The results of this extensive impact study will be considerable, immediate, and persuasive in showing the arts as a powerful economic engine.

“ArtsWeek highlights the arts and cultural activities that make Downtown Syracuse vibrant,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. “ArtsWeek provides an excellent opportunity to take part in interactive arts and cultural activities in Downtown Syracuse.”

Many new elements have been added to the schedule of arts activities that will be featured during ArtsWeek.  Among the new programs are:

  • Columbus Circle Mural Restoration by artist Kelly Curry
  • “The Art of Tin Smithing and How the Statue of Liberty Was Built” by Dennis Heaphy
  • Performances by student musicians from Classical Oasis

“ArtsWeek continues to grow as a signature summer celebration that attracts a large audience of cultural consumers,” said Larry Luttinger, executive director of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation and organizer of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival and co-organizer of the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest.  “The sheer variety of experiences to be had at this festival of festivals is staggering – and lots of fun.”

“I believe that drawing people into the city to enjoy the amazing magnitude of arts and cultural resources that are available to us is incredibly valuable to the economic prosperity of the region, and provides a wonderful way for families to spend time together,” said Bill Broad, publisher and CEO of the Syracuse New Times.  “ArtsWeek provides one of the best ways to enjoy music, art, culture, food and fellowship.”

“The Syracuse University Bookstore is excited to host regional fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s book authors and illustrators at the Annual Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival,” said Kathleen Bradley, Book Division manager, Syracuse University Bookstore.  “Authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss, read, and personally autograph their books.”

A complete ArtsWeek schedule with locations, dates and times is attached and is available online at www.ArtsWeekSyracuse.com.

ArtsWeek is a collaboration of many area organizations, including:

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse

AmeriCU Credit Union

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation

Syracuse New Times

The Everson Museum of Art

The Erie Canal Museum

The City of Syracuse

The Haudenosaunee

Onondaga Nation

Blue Rain ECOfest

The Onondaga Historical Association

Syracuse University Bookstore

Armory Square Association

The Media Unit

40-Below Public Arts Task Force

Artist Kelly Curry

Artist Dennis Heaphy

Classical Oasis

Plymouth Congregational Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

The Sound Garden

Syracuse Stories

YMCA of Greater Syracuse: Downtown Writer’s Center

Guardian Angel Society

Urban Video Project

The Oncenter

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district.  The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe and accessible. For more information, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com.

About AmeriCU Credit Union

AmeriCU Credit Union serves over 100,000 members throughout Central and Northern New York and beyond, and offers a complete line of financial services - including savings and investment accounts, consumer and real estate loans, credit cards, its own proprietary ATM network and toll-free automated TeleLink service. AmeriCU is also a member of many ATM networks. For more information, visit www.americu.org.

About the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation

The Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation is the primary source of jazz programming for the Central New York region. It now serves a total public audience of 80,000 each year, trains over 4,000 students annually and presents students in performance to an annual audience of over 40,000. For more information, visit www.cnyjazz.org.

About the Syracuse New Times

The Syracuse New Times is one of the oldest, locally owned alternative newsweeklies in America (founded 1969).  Each issue contains news, features and commentary on politics, sports, visual arts, entertainment, food, film, music, real estate, the area's most complete events calendar and its most readable classified ads. The award-winning Syracuse New Times currently reaches an average of over 92,000 readers through more than 1,150 outlets in a metro area of a half-million people.  For more information, visit www.syracusenewtimes.com.

About the Syracuse University Bookstore

The University Bookstore is owned and operated by Syracuse University and services the University community.  For more information, visit http://bookweb.syr.edu

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