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Downtown Syracuse is growing! Our streets are filled with new shopping, dining, and professional services opportunities. In 2018, Downtown Syracuse celebrated the opening of 21 new retail businesses.  

Help us showcase available storefronts, while spotlighting the talents of local artists through our Art in the Windows program!. Temporary artwork installations activate Downtown's streetscape by generating new foot traffic, and expand the audience for the visual arts in our community. 

Pictured to the right, the Falker Building, located at 246-248 East Water Street, featured two large interactive visuals in the Spring of 2018. At the street-level, any movement created a collage of dancing colors in real time. On the second-floor, moving eyes in two bay windows kept watch over the street. Artist Lorne Covington, who was selected to light a large-scale project coming soon to Times Square, designed both pieces. Photo by Chuck Wainwright    

Art in the Windows advances three goals:
  • To entertain the Downtown Syracuse community by bringing streetscape-enhancing artwork into vacant storefront windows;
  • To expand the audience for our visual arts community by reaching downtown residents, shoppers, employees, and visitors; and
  • To highlight vacant retail storefronts as available business opportunities.

If you own or manage a building with available ground-floor space, your space is eligible to participate in Art in the Windows!

If you'd like to participate, please reach out to our Director of Economic Development Heather Schroeder via email at hschroeder@downtownsyracuse.com. Please put “Art in the Windows” in the subject line. You may also call Heather with any questions at 315-470-1958. 

We appreciate your support of Downtown Syracuse’s continued growth! 
*Thank you to CNY Arts for supporting the next round of the Art in the Windows program. The Community Foundation and Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT - Downtown) have previously provided support.*

Media Coverage:
Art in the Windows Program Attracts Attention

Windows of Opportunity: Short-term leases blossom into long-term homes for local businesses

Christopher Malone, Syracuse NewTimes (January 25, 2017)

Downtown Committee Project Aims to Attract Retailers to Vacant Spaces 

Corina Cappabianca, TWCNews & TWCNews.com (February 12, 2017)

Harborfest, Wallendas at Canal Fest, 'Art in the Windows' and library upgrades

CBS 5, CNYCentral.com (July 25, 2017)

Using Art in the Windows to Make Downtown Syracuse more Enticing 

Gabrielle Mediak, Spectrum News (June 13, 2018)

To read about the 2018 installments of Art in the Windows, please click here.