FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center is more than 200 members strong!
In a continuing effort to spread the word and promote the arts, the group has plugged away at a membership drive from its inception with every outreach, steadily recruiting as they accomplished a major benchmark with the opening of a facility in the lower level of State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.
The nonprofit organization has held memorable events with an open house, a massive effort at Harborfest with a stained glass mural project, a ribbon cutting ceremony, a new stage and the launch of performing arts with the recent production of Godspell, writing classes for all ages, two weeks of art camp, an Arts Fest in Fulton’s War Memorial, and soon the second annual Arts Markets.
“The response has been overwhelmingly supportive of the effort. Conversations about personal interest in the arts, belief in the value of the arts to the region, more hope than negativity being expressed has fueled the passion for what we are doing and the energy it demands. There is a sense of urgency and with this facility for programming more and more artists are being identified and all ages from seniors to children are getting involved,” said Nancy Fox, director. “The more members we have the more programming we can offer and we’re launching a full slate of classes and events for the fall.”
“Along with culinary art classes in cake decorating and dessert making, Kids Onstage, a long awaited children’s theatre company will debut Sept. 29 with Saturday classes and build on skills and techniques to deliver family theatre productions in the coming year. The writing arts program now offers classes with three instructors; a monthly Writer’s Café is planned alongside a featured spotlight on local authors who will share their publishing experiences. A fourth writing instructor is developing plans for a children’s writing program while basic drawing and design and digital photo solutions will be offered in studio arts this month. More art classes are being developed for coming months,” she continued.
The next major event is the Arts Market in the old Nestles parking lot on Fay Street Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“This event was more popular than we could have imagined and many people remember it as our signature event. Once again we’ll have a variety of vendors with handmade arts and crafts, some antiques and flea market items and food by Tavern on the Lock, Upper Landings and Treat Me Sweet with beverages from Kiley’s Coffees,” Fox said. “We’re also participating again this year in the Literacy Coalition Event, Dream Big – READ, Sept. 22 at Fairgrieve School in Fulton as we did with the Red Cross last spring for the Heroes in Motion fundraiser. We are proud to partner with other nonprofit organizations throughout the county and use every opportunity to support a thriving arts community.”
The group formed just over a year ago to discuss the feasibility of opening an Arts Center for the region unknowingly meeting just one day before the closing of the Birdseye plant was announced.
“The very next morning after our first meeting, I heard the news that Birdseye would close by the end of the year and 300 more Fultonians would be out of work,” Fox continued. “My first reaction was to pack it in and say ‘why bother?’ But we quickly agreed this also meant now more than ever is the need for change. We’ve dedicated ourselves to stimulating an economic impact with artists and art consumers across the region from theater to painting, drawing, stained glass, and more to writing arts in all genres, culinary arts and even filmmaking … all arts for all ages. This is how we create products with ‘Made in New York’ labels that keep jobs and money at home.”
To participate in the Arts Market as a vendor, or for more information about Kids Onstage or other classes visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-216-8790.