CNY Community Arts Center Announces Spring Schedule and Recruitment

FULTON – With the opening of the new Community Arts Center the first classes and events are being scheduled for the public as a recruitment campaign is launched for teachers and volunteers.

The Arts Center’s mission is to provide art programming for all arts and all ages and is pleased to announce sessions for writers, musicians and crochet enthusiasts to start alongside opportunities to staff the center for regular hours.

“We have some classes ready to go and looking to get more on the schedule, as well as recruit volunteers to host the facility during open hours in a variety of ways and times,” said Executive Director Nancy Fox. “We can finally begin to offer some of the classes folks have asked for plus so much more is planned. We have opportunities for groups to meet and exchange their music or writing, and classes to expand on those talents or learn new skills, plus an exciting new group for ages 4-8 years old.”

“And now that we are ready to open, we are recruiting artist teachers for any art we can accommodate and fit into the schedule,” Fox continued, “as well as those artists who might like to mentor in our youth program or get some hands-on experience in a variety of ways. We are also recruiting volunteers who can staff the front desk for a few hours or an evening, give tours of the center, help folks sign up for classes and maybe even do a few administrative tasks.”

Writers are invited to attend Writer’s Café, an informal free group that typically meets the last Sunday of each month, while guitarists are invited to Song Circle, a similar informal free group that meets every other Wednesday.

Both groups are designed for attendees to share their music or writing with each other in a positive supportive environment.

Song Circle begins on April 24 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Writer’s Café will meet again on April 28 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public, no pre-registration is required.

“Beginning Blues” taught by Fingerstyle Guitarist Tom Rasely will offer a one day workshop April 27 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

This class for any type of guitar will cover 12-bar blues chord progression, chords and riff, strumming styles and rhythm.

The second part of the class will teach how to create basic blues lead licks and techniques.

This class for ages 13 and up requires pre-registration.

Writers can also explore what to do when they are “Stuck in a Rut” with their creativity lacking inspiration in a workshop also taught by Tom Rasely, based on his book of the same name.

This class is for all creators including musicians, song writers, authors, poets, painters and photographers, etc.,
discussing how to find inspiration and how to avoid ‘creator’s block.’

This class will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on May 18.

Pre-registration is required.

For those who’ve wanted to learn knit and crochet, a beginners class in crochet will run Saturdays, April 27 – May 18 from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Each class will build on the last class and teach basic terminology and stitches, and create a class project.

This class, taught by Nicole Merrill, is for teens and adults.

A one-time small materials fee will be charged alongside a weekly cost per class.

Pre-registration is required.

Nicole Merrill will also be teaching a beginners calligraphy class on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

Calligraphy is a form of visual art related to writing using broad tip instruments and brushes and is often found in fancy writing on wedding invitations and decorative stationary.

The class will run April 27 – May 18, and pre-registration is required.

A one-time small materials fee will be charged alongside a weekly cost per class.

Pre-registration is required.

The Arts Center is excited to announce a new class for ages 4-8. Kids Onstage JR with Mr. Adam will teach young ones basic stage presence and playacting skills.

Adam Schmidtmann is the director of the annual Kids Onstage musical production for older kids.

This is the first class offered specifically for younger ages.

This class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. June 3 – 26.

Pre-registration is required for this group limited to ten.

Bonnie’s Sip and Paint classes will be offered at the Arts Center on sporadic dates and times starting April 20 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Pre-registration for this class is with Bonnie McClellan directly at [email protected]

Registrations will soon be available online at the website or stop in to the Arts Center at 121 Cayuga St., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Or call 315-598-ARTS (2787) for more information.

To volunteer, please complete a volunteer form online at www.CNYCommunityArtsCenter, stop in to the Arts Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday or call 315-598-ARTS (2787.)