FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with Cayuga Community College at the River Glen Plaza. CNY Arts Center will establish its primary location on campus, including Arts in the HeArt Gallery, in a move to merge the arts community with the college community.
This will not only provide a home for the multi-arts center but also support opportunities and collaborations for students with access to the theatre and gallery space.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to find a home with Cayuga Community College”, said Nancy Fox, executive director. “It is obviously a perfect collaboration with the professional arts programming we will bring and easy access for students and the community alike to enjoy the facility and engage in art opportunities right on campus. Students will have access to a theatre, gallery, internships, teaching opportunities and more with a variety of arts. Cayuga Community College is proving true in its commitment to engage the community at large by sharing the campus with those organizations that benefit the health and well being of the region. We are honored to be the first to take that step and actually adapt a space for community and students to come together.”
John Lamphere, associate vice president for the college, said that this was one of the visions of interim president Dr. Gregory DeCinque to be included in the campus master plan for build outs within the former storefront space.
“When I was told to find an arts group to work with us, CNY Arts Center and Nancy Fox were the names I was recommended. From our initial interview I knew that this was going to be a great partnership. We look forward to this development and know that this agreement will serve not just the students of Cayuga Community College, but the entire community we serve. It is our intent to clearly demonstrate the ‘community’ in Cayuga Community College,” he said.
The move is expected to take place in late October and the space ready for events in late November with the help of many volunteers.
An enlarged stage is being erected along with dressing rooms to double as classrooms for Arts Center programming.
The gallery will occupy the front of the house where visitors can enjoy art on exhibit as soon as they walk in.
The Arts Center administrative office will also be located on site for easy community access.
Arts in the HeArt Gallery located in downtown Fulton will remain open until the new space is ready to receive the art currently on exhibit, targeted for mid-November.
“While we will miss having the gallery in downtown Fulton, we need to bring us all together in one place while we focus on building a strong organization,” Fox said. “We see ourselves not only returning to downtown in the future, but also creating satellite art spaces in other locations once we are ready to handle more than one location. The benefits for the community will greatly improve as issues of access, parking, and visibility are all resolved. Our Kids Onstage program will have a new theatre home to present the first production with Wizard of Oz slated for December 12 through 14. And the community will have one location to find us, register for programming and attend events that have waited for the right home to present.”
One such new event will be the quarterly Red Room Open Mic Night for songwriters and aspiring vocal artists, set for Nov. 1, if the space is suitably ready.
“We also look forward to bringing back our Author Spotlights on local authors, and artists meet-ups along with our quarterly TH3 happy hour in the gallery. There is so much potential in this new location and we are truly excited about the prospects. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Cayuga Community College,” Fox said.
To volunteer or support the non-profit organization with your membership, please visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787).