CNY Arts Center Receives Funding for New Programming

CNY Arts Center announces the launch of two new programs with the approval of a grant from the Shineman Foundation.

The Arts Center submitted a grant application to the new Foundation with the challenge to be a “Catalyst for Change.”  An application for new programming and equipment to support the programs was accepted and awarded in support of two educational programs ready to launch with the new school year.

Collaborating with Fulton City School Superintendent Bill Lynch and Junior High School principal Ryan Lanigan, CNY Arts Center will offer an after-school drama club for seventh and eighth graders in the region.

“The arts and specifically a drama program can be a significant catalyst for change, especially for those students seeking alternatives to sports activities, “said Nancy Fox, executive director of the organization. “There is currently no drama club for this grade level in the Fulton district and we wanted to fill this gap. However, the program is open to all seventh and eighth grade students regardless of school or home-school affiliation.”

The students will work two afternoons a week with Adam Schmidtmann and Rebecca Fox, two theatre professionals, to learn basic techniques of drama and technical theatre leading to a final performance at the end of the 10-week fall session. Drama Club will start again in January for 12 weeks and culminate in an April production.

The second program approved in the Shineman grant involves the acknowledgment and promotion of gifted and talented young people already performing before audiences or with limited time onstage. These students will be selected based on readiness, natural ability, and the recommendation of performing arts professionals. They will be given access to mentoring and marketing toward a debut on the CNY Arts Center stage.

“We have wonderfully talented young people in this town, in the region. The athletically and academically gifted are recognized and championed as well they should be,” Fox said. “It is equally important to support the artistically gifted young performer, our own exceptional young people. We must support and promote them – share in their journey to honor their gifts, and look with pride on their accomplishments. CNY Arts Center wants to be a leader in recognizing and spotlighting these treasures in our community.”

Any young person under age 18 can apply to CNY Arts Center for consideration in this program.

Six performers will be chosen for the first year.

As with any new venture, the exact parameters of the program will be developed on a case by case basis but will culminate in a public performance.

For information on this program, call Fox directly at 592-3373.

As part of the grant allocation, CNY Arts Center purchased the necessary sound equipment to support the planned performances of those chosen for the Young Performer Series.

“We are so grateful to the Shineman Foundation for validating our vision, and supporting our efforts to bring engaging art experiences to these young people. As a multi-arts organization, we work to bring all arts to all ages but it is the community support of benefactors like the Shineman Foundation and our many members that make it all possible. These funds bridge the gap between a good idea and a dream realized,” Fox said.

Drama Club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting Sept. 16 at the Arts Center located at 357 State St. in Fulton; through the Park Street entrance.

Parents can find more information about drama club and all children’s programming at or call Fox at 592-3373.