Help Support CNY Arts This Holiday Season

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Dear Friend,

CNY Arts is celebrating its 60th year as central New York’s arts council and we ask that you consider making a gift that will help us plan for the next 60 years! Since our beginning in 1957, as the Cultural Resources Council, your support has been essential. You’ve helped to raise funds to build the Crouse Hinds Civic Center in the 1970s, and today you help to support our six county regional service area. We are pleased to report that this past year we raised $1.3 million for grants and scholarships that served 155,305 youth, 28,298 artists, and an additional 494,118 audience members attending over 6,660 events. We thank you for making these achievements possible.


Take pride that your contributions help make central New York an exciting and vibrant place to live, work, and play as your generosity supports arts education in schools, and sustains a wide variety of family activities at museums, theaters, and cultural events. Our community is uplifted by this work and hasn’t gone without notice, as this year we’ve:


  • Been able to provide financial assistance and tickets scholarships to hundreds of students for our productions of Dasher’s Magical Gift. In many instances, this is the the first or only opportunity for young school children to be exposed to live arts;


  • Been influential in the lives of all artists. A 12 year old piano virtuoso, says, “Over the past 3 and a half years since I started piano I have continued to learn and play music, and have had many opportunities in which I could participate, and many of them were possible thanks to support from CNY Arts. CNY Arts has given me wonderful opportunities that wouldn’t have happened without their help.”;


  • Received one of six national "Stand for the Arts" awards, presented by Ovation TV and Spectrum chosen based for our excellent level of community outreach and engagement; our ability to create access to artistic programming; and CNY Art’s innovative approach to arts education and skill development.


In this season of giving, please join in our efforts to assist arts organizations of all sizes to create new jobs, support individual artists, and help children and adults alike experience creativity, art, and culture through expression, a learning experience, or a creative project. Please make your a tax deductible donation today. Help ensure that we continue to create and foster art and culture in central New York for the next 60 years!


In honor our 60th Anniversary, we ask that you place a “6” somewhere into your generous gift, whether it be $6, $26, $60, or $260 dollars! Thank you and have a warm and happy holidays!


Fritz Messere, President, Board of Directors Stephen Butler, Executive Director

Posted On: December 13, 2017
Listed As: CNY Arts News