With the approach of year’s end, CNY Arts Center declared their charter year a success for the grass roots organization begun last spring when a handful of Fultonians determined to have a positive impact on their community. With grand plans to open an arts facility for all arts and all ages, the group set lofty goals and accomplished most of them.
“It’s been a whirlwind year and the Arts Center has definitely become a priority for the group who continue to meet weekly,” said Nancy Fox, President of the Board of Directors. “We’ve become incorporated and non-profit, seated a Board of Directors, and grown to 140 members organized with an Events Committee, Facilities Committee and a Fundraising Committee.
We held an event every month with the first outreach at the Memorial Day Salute where we crowned a winning Cake Decorator; we launched our first annual Arts Fest on the River, an even more successful Arts Market in September, and we attended almost every weekend Farmer’s Market and area event to talk one on one with people.We’ve been welcomed into several offices and businesses to display local art and we’ve wrapped up the year with a beautiful entry in the Pratt House Museum Parade of Trees. Along the way we had a tremendous outpouring of support from the community, the media, the politicians, and countless businesses and other organizations. We found a positive climate to begin discussions and the help we’ve had has made all the difference.”
“We’re extremely happy with the progress we’ve made and we’re poised to launch the New Year with a full slate of activities, beginning with an Arts Snow Day in January crammed with so many things happening, even if it doesn’t snow we’ll have a great day,” Fox continued. “In 2012 we’ll bring back the Arts Fest and Arts Market and we fully expect to begin programming by early spring. We continue searching for just the perfect location to house the programming we hope to offer without having to move again a year from now.
“We’re also collaborating with the Harborfest Committee to create a Showcase of the Best of Oswego County Art at the festival. We are organizing a 24’ stained glass mural project to be completed by local artists during the event. We’ll be working with communities to gather recycled clear and blue glass bottles to create the masterpiece which will travel to various locations throughout the county after Harborfest. The project will be led by Leslie Paice, a stained glass artist member of CNY Arts Center.”
“As our Charter year draws to a close, the future looks promising but there will only be one Charter Year. Being a founding member of something poised to have a significant impact on the region is a great legacy to leave. We hope the enthusiasm will continue to grow but for those who wish to be Charter Members, time is running out.”
More information about the group and how to become a Charter Member can be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.