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Onondaga County Grant Recipients Announced

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Syracuse, New York - CNY Arts is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2016 CNY Arts Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program. A total of $135,000 is being distributed among five art and cultural providers and is made possible by the County of Onondaga. The purpose of the program is to provide support for art and cultural projects that grow audiences, attract more out-of-county guests and overnight visitors who in turn spend money and provide an economic boost for the county. Funding for the grant comes from Onondaga County’s hotel room occupancy tax revenue. The program has the support of the County including Executive Joanie Mahoney and Chairman of the County Legislature, Ryan McMahon.

"The Economic Development Grant Program was created by the County Legislature to increase exposure for our local arts and cultural community,” said J. Ryan McMahon, II, Chairman of the County Legislature. “With our support, we hoped to encourage out-of-county guests to come and experience all the wonderful programs and events that our residents get to enjoy daily.”

The recipients of the Arts Tourism & Economic Development Grant are:

Everson Museum of Art, $40,000 for a traveling exhibition titled Tide and Current Taxi

• Syracuse City Ballet, $30,000 building new markets for The Nutcracker

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, $25,000 tourism packaging for Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Symphoria, $20,000 for 4th of July Concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater and Music of Queen concert to be performed at the Landmark Theatre

Redhouse Arts Center, $20,000 for a 14 county marketing initiative to grow audiences and attract visitors to their new venue

"A strong arts and culture community is an important part of the quality of life in Onondaga County," said County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "The programs, exhibitions and performances also contribute directly to our local economy. We dedicate county funding to these organizations so they have a reliable source of income each year. The grants being awarded today require the organizations to show the specific economic impact they will have in 2016. We congratulate the recipients and thank them for their work which benefits us all."

Arts groups applying for funding had to meet four requirements: demonstrate immediate economic impact in 2016; demonstrate ability to increase attendance targeting overnight and out-of-town visitors; collaboration with other organizations and businesses; and applicant’s had to demonstrate capacity to execute projects as presented with measurable success.

The applications were reviewed and recommended by a peer review panel of business leaders, tourism professionals and arts presenters and administrators.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be a recipient of a Tourism and Economic Development Grant,” said Kathleen Rathbun, artistic and executive director of the Syracuse City Ballet. “This allows us to build our audiences and develop markets in the north country, western parts of New York, and Ontario while supporting businesses in downtown Syracuse.”

CNY Arts also awarded project support grants to 21 organizations such as the People Who Came to My House: Portraits by Syracuse Area Photographers presented by ArtRage Gallery/CORA Foundation and Dance Theater of Syracuse, School Dance Project being developed by Parents Promoting Dance. Project support awards ranged from $500 to $5,500 totaling $71,000 and are based on artistic merit, collaboration, and benefit to the community. Decisions were made by a peer panel comprised of community members, arts administrators and arts professionals in the field.

“We are incredibly grateful for Onondaga County’s leadership and the legislature for their continued interest and support of these programs,” said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director. “The organizations and programs selected this year offer a unique cultural experience for families and visitors to Syracuse and Onondaga County.”

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Full quotes:

Joanie Mohoney, County Executive, County of Onondaga: "A strong arts and culture community is an important part of the quality of life in Onondaga County," said County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "The programs, exhibitions and performances also contribute directly to our local economy. We dedicate county funding to these organizations so they have a reliable source of income each year. The grants being awarded today require the organizations to show the specific economic impact they will have in 2016. We congratulate the recipients and thank them for their work which benefits us all."

J. Ryan McMahon, II, Chairman of the County Legislature: "The Economic Development Grant Program was created by the County Legislature to increase exposure for our local arts and cultural community. With our support, we hoped to encourage out-of-county guests to come and experience all the wonderful programs and events that our residents get to enjoy daily. I am so pleased with the success of the program so far and know that many economic opportunities will continue to arise from this next round of awards. Congratulations to those selected!"

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Posted On: April 25, 2016
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