FULTON – With the stroke of a pen, CNY Arts Center finally closed on the former Herron’s Fabric Store in downtown Fulton as the site of the new Community Arts Center.
Located at 121-125 Cayuga St., the property, empty for several years, will be adapted for community arts programming and events.
“We have looked for and searched for a home of our own since our inception seven years ago,” said founder/executive director Nancy Fox. “We know there is so much we can do and offer to really make a difference in the future of the children and families we serve with our own place. We will now have a solid foundation to build arts programming and make a genuine impact in the fabric of life in Fulton.”
“We envision a true community center for art classes and cultural opportunities, for public gatherings and groups to meet, for our continuing Arty Day Camp, Kids Onstage theatre program and more. We are excited to offer afterschool programming and daytime activities as well as partner with our new neighbors downtown to create exciting events that bring people out to enjoy downtown and the arts,” she continued. “Adding the word community to our name sends a clear message we are here to truly build a better future for our community with this community arts center where great things can happen.”
With renovations and upgrades needed to bring it to code compliance for handicap accessibility and fire safety the nonprofit organization has begun an aggressive fundraising campaign and asking the public to pitch in where they can.
A new handicap entrance and first floor restrooms, moving the stairs in the middle of the building to allow for a stage and audience seating, and safety measures for the lower level to accommodate the HotSpot stage to host comedy and open mic nights are just some of the projects to be completed.
“The cost of upgrades and renovations requires an aggressive fundraising campaign and host of grant applications,” Fox said. “We hope everyone will see this as a wonderful thing for the community and want to get involved whether it is by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. Fulton Savings Bank led the way with a significant donation to help secure the property. Their encouragement convinced us we should take this leap of faith to purchase. We are planning volunteer days for cleaning, painting and minor demolition; but first we simply say thank you for the adventure thus far. The future of Fulton seems very exciting and we are thrilled to have this new home to share with everyone.”
For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com.