FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center has announced a new business model for its theatre program and its intention to explore the acquisition of a new facility.
The former Rite Aid pharmacy located at 503 S. Second St. has been vacant for nearly two years.
The 14,000 square foot building was offered to the organization as a donation, but about $35,000 is needed to gain title and conduct a feasibility study.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this location, right at the southern entrance to the city on Rte. 481 with great visibility, parking and access”, said Nancy Fox, executive director. “It offers us room to bring all our services together under one roof including theater, an art gallery, a coffee bar, classrooms, a dance studio, and more.”
“Of course it comes with a hefty price tag for renovations so we’re exploring our resources and reaching out to the region for support.” Fox continued. “The possibility of putting down roots for the arts center all on one level where everyone can easily find us and with ample parking is worth exploring.”
With that in mind, CNY Arts Center also announced a new approach to the performing arts program when the new season kicks off in February.
“We’re adamant about making an economic impact on the region for all artists and that includes employment opportunities for theater professionals,” Fox said. “Our artists sell their work in the gallery; our instructors are paid for teaching. We respect the expertise and abilities a veteran actor, designer or technician brings to each production and want to reflect that in our theatre budget. We’re a long way from paying scale but we choose to pay what we can with extra incentives built in. It is important to recognize the valuable contribution of these seasoned professionals.”
The pay incentives will begin in February with the launch of the 2014 season.
A two-person romantic comedy “Searching for Eden: the Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be presented one weekend only, Feb 14-16.
Based loosely on the Mark Twain classic “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” in act one, the comedy takes a turn in act two when Adam and Eve are re-imagined in contemporary society at middle age!
An evening of dining or desserts is being planned.
Auditions will be held January 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St.
To contribute to the project or for more information on the organization, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.