Our History

The History of CNY Arts

2015 – Receives a $100,000 Empire State Development Grant through REDC and a $40,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support ENGAGE plan implementation
2014 – Premieres Dasher’s Magical Gift, an original holiday ballet
2014 – Completes a six-county, ten-year Regional Cultural Plan (ENGAGE) and raises $174,000 from NYSCA and the Empire State Development Corporation through REDC to support plan implementation.
2013 – Receives NYSCA Grant for $150,000 through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) in support of a Regional Assessment and launches gotocnyarts.org

  • 2015 – Receives a $100,000 Empire State Development Grant through REDC and a $40,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support ENGAGE plan implementation
  • 2014 – Premieres Dasher’s Magical Gift, an original holiday ballet. Completes a six-county, ten-year Regional Cultural Plan (ENGAGE) and raises $174,000 from NYSCA and the Empire State Development Corporation through REDC to support plan implementation.
  • 2013 – Receives NYSCA Grant for $150,000 through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) in support of a Regional Assessment and officially launches gotocnyarts.org
  • 2012 - CRC offically becomes CNY Arts. 
  • 2011 - CRC begins Decentralization service to Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties.
  • 2009 - CRC begins Decentralization service to Cortland County.
  • 2006 - CRC begins Decentralization service to Oswego County.
  • 1997 - CRC becomes NYSCA Decentralization Site with service for Onondaga County.
  • 1968 - Renamed The Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse & Onondaga County, Inc.
  • 1962 - Renamed The Metropolitan Council of Art & Sciences, Inc.
  • 1957 - The Cultural Center of Syracuse & Onondaga County, Inc. is created.
  • 1953 - Cultural Center Committee of the City Planning Commission is organized.
  • 1945 - Post War Council recommends formation of the Council of Education & Cultural Agencies.
  • 1943 - Syracuse Mayor Thomas E. Kennedy appoints a Post War Planning Council.

CNY Arts Past Highlights

  • In September, 1951, helped plan, fund and build the War Memorial Building in downtown Syracuse, New York.
  • Throughout the 1970's, helped fundraise and build the performance spaces in the Mulroy Civic Center.
  • Up until the early 1990's, operated Civic Center Theatres.
  • From the 1990's to the present day, began regranting funds to arts groups and presenting One My Own Time - A Visual Arts Showcase, The Michael Harms Theatre Festival, Folk Arts Roundtable and Youth Theatre productions.