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Winning Designs Announced in Downtown Window Wonderland Contest

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A total of 852 people cast their votes for their favorite window displays in the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.’s first-ever holiday window-decorating contest, and the results are in!  

  • The Changing Room, located at 425 S. Warren Street, won first-place and will receive $500;
  • Vintage Love, located at 201 E. Jefferson Street, won second-place and will receive $250; and finally,
  • Olive on Brooklea, located at 116 W. Jefferson Street won third-place and will receive $100!

A total of 22 businesses turned their ground-floor windows into “window wonderland” displays to celebrate the season and compete for $850 in awards, made possible through the Central New York Community Foundation. From November 25 through January 1, the community was encouraged to vote for their favorite displays through the Downtown Committee’s website. The contest was started to encourage people to further engage with their Downtown surroundings during the holiday season. 

“Downtown Syracuse is a favorite place for holiday shopping and a centerpiece of many traditions for Central New York families,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “We always hope that when folks are Downtown they might notice something new they haven’t seen before and use that as a springboard to find more reasons to come back. The Window Wonderland contest embodies that concept by encouraging the community to explore and check out the diversity of merchants located throughout 82 blocks.”

The Window Wonderland Contest is part of the Downtown Committee’s new Art in the Windows program where temporary installations of artwork activate Downtown’s streetscape by generating new foot traffic, expanding the audience for the visual arts. In the next phase of the Art in the Windows program, the Downtown Committee will match artwork contributed by local artists with downtown property owners who are interested in enlivening vacant storefront space(s). The program showcases available storefronts as retail business opportunities by spotlighting the talents of local artists.

Later this week, a jury will meet to select the winning artists who will be paired with interested property owners for site installation. The temporary installations will be installed in late January and remain in place through mid-April, thanks to funding provided by the Central New York Community Foundation. Stay tuned; the Downtown Committee plans to announce the winning artists and properties by mid-January.

In June 2016, VIP Structures hosted the first-ever Art in the Windows installation in which ArtRage gallery showcased pieces by numerous local photographers in the Pike Block, located at 308, 310 and 320 South Salina Street. Please click here for more information about the Art in the Windows program.

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