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ONE WEEK AWAY: 11th Edition of ArtsWeek to Highlight 20 Arts & Cultural Organizations Presenting Nearly 40 Programs

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Syracuse, NY
– ArtsWeek, a collaboration among two-dozen arts and cultural organizations committed to celebrating the arts in Downtown Syracuse, kicks off one week from today. The ten-day celebration begins next Thursday, July 19 and continues through Sunday, July 29, culminating with four “anchor” events that will connect activities happening throughout Clinton and Hanover Squares, Columbus Circle and the Convention District in Downtown Syracuse.

Thursday morning, July 12, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and the Everson Museum of Art partnered to host a press conference highlighting the nearly 40 programs and events planned for the 11th edition of ArtsWeek. The goal of the family-friendly celebration is to provide a platform to celebrate the visual and performing arts that contribute to the dynamic experience for which Downtown Syracuse is known. It’s estimated that the arts pump $34 million into the region annually.

New this year, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the Redhouse Arts Center, and Everson Museum of Art are getting involved with the promotion.

  • On Thursday, July 26 – on the eve of the busiest festival weekend of the year in Downtown Syracuse – the Marriott Syracuse Downtown invites the community to enjoy an evening of dancing under cafe lights on the patio of Eleven Waters (map). The Stan Colella Orchestra will play the live soundtrack for the evening.
  • During the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, the Redhouse Arts Center will invite the community to add their artistic touch to two pieces that will be displayed in the lobby during an upcoming production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” scheduled to take place at the Redhouse early next month. Attendees will be encouraged to paint or color a feather (which will become part of a large set of wings), or add their own art to a set of hanging panels, in the Kid’s Activity Area on the lawn adjacent to the Mission Restaurant (map) between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm both weekend days of the festival. Participants will be encouraged to take pictures with their handiwork when they come to see “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Redhouse from August 3 to August 5.
  • Meanwhile, the Everson Museum of Art (map) is in the midst of one of its busiest summers to date, as it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its building. The building’s unique design established in 1968, launched the iconic career of architect I.M. Pei. Leading up to ArtsWeek, the community is encouraged to build their own replica – or re-imagined design – of the Everson, using LEGOs. The best designs will be displayed on the museum’s plaza during the Arts & Crafts Festival (Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29). The Everson Museum of Art plans to go “all out” during the course of ArtsWeek, starting with an outdoor showing of the 1968 film, “The Odd Couple,” projected on its façade on Thursday, July 19 at dusk. Throughout the course of the Arts & Crafts Festival, the Everson will play host to a series of events, including:
    • Raku Firing with the Syracuse Ceramic Guild on Saturday, July 28, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at which the community is invited to glaze a piece of pottery and discover the magic of watching it fire in a brick Raku kiln. There will be a $15 fee per participant.     
    • Watching the Dance Lovers of CNY perform the West Coast Swing on the community plaza on Saturday, July 28, from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.
    • Enjoying the Mohawk Valley Tango Project and Syracuse Tango will demonstrate the Argentine Tango on Sunday, July 29, from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Downtown Syracuse is the epicenter of the arts and culture scene in our community, and events including the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, Stage of Nations Ecofest, and Syracuse NewTimes Street Painting Festival – all held during the last weekend of ArtsWeek – help attract 5.1 million visitors into Downtown Syracuse every year. During ArtsWeek, these anchor events, outlined below, create a corridor of entertainment and connect activity throughout four Downtown neighborhoods:

AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival: Starting Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, the Downtown Committee and AmeriCU Federal Credit Union present the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival. Columbus Circle and surrounding streets will become the destination for unique fine arts and contemporary crafts, as 170 of the nation’s most talented artists and craftspeople showcase their wares. Artists from 20 states – from as far away as California, Arizona, and Ontario, Canada – will be represented during the spectacular three-day showcase. Festival-goers can look forward to ceramics, sculptures, photography, woodwork, jewelry, clothing and much more. The family-friendly festival also features a variety of street performers, kids’ activities, and of course, traditional festival foods and sweet treats.

Lantern Update: Faithful Arts & Crafts festival-goers may remember putting their own artistic talents on display during the 2016 and 2017 Arts & Crafts Festivals, when they used colorful markers to illustrate their vision for the future of Downtown Syracuse on paper lanterns.  Just in time for the festival, these lanterns will be mounted on café lighting to be displayed in City Place, activating the courtyard between State Tower and City Hall Commons Atrium. This installation and project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by CNY Arts.  A partnership between the Downtown Committee and City of Syracuse makes this installation possible.

The AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival runs rain or shine Friday, July 27 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. Funding for the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival is provided by AmeriCU Credit Union and a New York State grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco. For additional information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, please visit http://www.SyracuseArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival: On Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, CNY Jazz Arts Foundation and Berkshire Bank present the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival in Clinton Square. With live music from all around the world providing a soundtrack, sommeliers from the region will pour wines that complement the atmosphere. Musical genres including Jazz, Funk, Reggae and R&B will be represented, with late-night jam sessions to follow at Jazz Central Café both nights.

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival runs from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday, July 27, and from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday, July 28. For additional information, please visit http://www.nejazzwinefest.org/.

Stage of Nations EcoFest: Across from Clinton Square, Hanover Square will play host to the Stage of Nations EcoFest also on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. The festival, which features authentic Native American music, dance, crafts and cuisine, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. Attendees also have the unique opportunity to learn about eco-friendly practices. For a complete schedule, please visit http://www.bluerainecofest.org/.


Syracuse NewTimes Street Painting Festival: 
On Saturday, July 28, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, festival attendees will have the opportunity to watch sidewalk artists in action along the 200 block of Montgomery Street. The Syracuse NewTimes Street Painting Festival competition is open to all age groups and artistic abilities. Prizes are awarded for each category, and all artwork will be on display through the duration of the festival and be featured in the Syracuse NewTimes newspaper and website. For more information about the Street Painting Festival, please visit https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/syracuse-new-times-street-painting-festival.

In addition to the events and programs outlined above, the Erie Canal Museum, Onondaga Historical Association, YMCA Downtown Writers Center, M-Street Cooperative, Media Unit, Urban Sketchers – Syracuse Chapter, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Plymouth Congregational Church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Youth Program are all involved in ArtsWeek.  A full schedule encompassing all of the elements is posted here, on the ArtsWeek section of our website.

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