Central NY Businesses & Employees Invited to Participate in On My Own Time

Syracuse, NY – CNY Arts has announced the kickoff of its 41st annual On My Own Time business and arts program. The arts advocacy organization invites any interested businesses and groups in Onondaga and Oswego counties to participate.

On My Own Time was created in 1974 by the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County (now CNY Arts), in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art, as a collaborative project of the local arts and business communities. Participating businesses use On My Own Time as a platform to identify, celebrate, and promote artistic creativity among their employees.

“This award-winning program is great opportunity for businesses in our region and cultural agencies to work together to promote the importance of the arts in the workforce, both for personal inspiration and to enhance the quality of life in our community. The On My Own Time exhibits put a spotlight on the many talents that employees have in addition to their work skills…” said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts executive director.

Employees who are also artists “on their own time” submit original works of visual art that are displayed in multiple exhibits at participating business sites during April and May.

The pieces represent a range of media, such as oil painting, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, metalwork and woodwork.

The exhibits will be juried at each work site by a panel of local volunteers who work professionally in various arts fields.

As a program finale this fall, Everson Museum will host a month-long exhibit, opening October 11 featuring pieces selected by the volunteer adjudicators from all of this year’s On My Own Time entries.

Fifteen businesses and organizations in Onondaga and Oswego counties collaborated on the event last year.

CNY Arts invites businesses of any size interested in participating in the 2014 On My Own Time program to contact Kara Greene, OMOT program coordinator, at 315.435.2162 or e-mail [email protected]

The registration deadline is April 7.

A kickoff luncheon will be held on March 13 at Coleman’s Restaurant in Syracuse.

Pre-registration is required.