FULTON – After more than a year of events, fundraisers and weekly meetings at a local church, CNY Arts Center has found a temporary home in State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.
Using several classrooms and a large hall for theatre, CNY Arts Center will begin programming in July with a theatre premiere in August.
Located at 357 State St., the church is bordered by South Fourth Street, State Street and Park Street; just one block south of Broadway/Route 3.
CNY Arts Center will use the Park Street entrance as its main access. An open house is planned for July 1 from 2-6 p.m. for the public to tour the facility, meet the instructors and sign up for arts programming.
“We are so happy to have a place to set up the easels, hang the lights and go to work. With creative scheduling, we’re planning art instruction, writing classes, Saturday workshops and theater classes, a week long day camp for ages 7-18, and a production of Godspell in August to launch the performing arts portion of CNY Arts Center, said Nancy Fox, president of the organization. “We have so many great ideas and now we have a roof over our heads to deliver on the programming we’ve been envisioning from the beginning. We can establish the idea of an arts center with all arts for all ages and grow along with the community.”
“Most exciting to me is the opportunity to do live theatre in the same place. We’ve looked at countless locations but few held enough room for classes and performances,” Fox continued. “I chose Godspell for our theater premiere because it carries a message of community and coming together as one body to accomplish what we cannot do as individuals. This sums up the vision of CNY Arts Center and finding this temporary home is the next step in achieving what some think is impossible for our region.”
Auditions for the popular musical will be held at the new location June 18 from 4-6 p.m. and June 19 from 6-8 p.m.
The production is slated for Aug. 17-26.
CNY Arts Center is recruiting actors, musicians, a music director, choreographer, stage manager, technicians and crew, along with scene and costume creators, light and sound personnel.
“Now is the time to establish our theatre family and plan for an exciting season of future productions with this location to work in. Everyone is invited to get involved at whatever level they can commit to,” Fox said.
For more information on auditions, classes, and updates on the new facility, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com