Welcome our 2018 Arts Leadership Fellows
Here at CNY Arts, our main mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture here in Central New York. We look at the arts as a gateway to promoting the quality of life in any given area as well as a benchmark for the overall health of a community. While we work to support artists, cultural organizations, and the arts in general; we would be remiss if we weren’t actively trying to better the local community as well. We are excited to announce the start of our new Workforce Development Program. Hopefully, depending on funding, this will become an annual program that is designed to cultivate, mentor and train the upcoming generation of leaders in the arts community. The funding for this year's program was made available through the New York State Council on the Arts and the Regional Economic Development Council.
The Workforce Development Program will develop the foundational skills and experiences needed to be adequately qualified for and successful in a position within the arts and cultural sectors. The program will supplement the work experience with career preparation and training opportunities in resume creation, job placement support, and interview skills. This year we were able to select three individuals out of thirty applicants, each concentrating in one of three areas: Community Engagement, Grantmaking, as well as Marking & Communications.
The three people selected for this fellowship will be heavily focused on our Arts and Entertainment Districts initiative that will be kicking off in the near future upon the hiring of a Master Planner but will also be providing support to all of our other programs and getting involved with the local communities in the CNY Arts five-county territory.
So who are these three lucky program candidates?
First up is Sarah Anson, Sarah is no stranger to CNY Arts and you may recognize her from her work with the Arts in Education program. She received her Masters in Arts Administration from Le Moyne College in 2017 and has extensive work experience with theaters in the local area as well as theaters in Connecticut and Virginia. Sarah is on the Community Engagement track for the Workforce Development Program so expect to see her continuing her work on our Arts Education and Community programs as well as working closely with the Arts & Entertainment Planner.
Next, we have Benjamin Verdi, Ben is another familiar face here at CNY Arts with his past involvement as a Community Programs Administrative Assistant. He received his Masters of Sciences in Arts Administration from Le Moyne College in 2017. He has worked with various museums and non-profit organizations in Syracuse and upstate New York including the MOST and recently the Buffalo Museum of Science. Ben is following the Grantmaking track for the Workforce Development Program.
The third person in the Workforce Development program this year is Charlie Poag. Charlie comes to us from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Communications Strategy and Operations Chief, with over fifteen years in Visual Information/Media. He attended the Military Visual Journalism program at Syracuse University and has attended multiple courses through the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland. Charlie is on the Marking and Communications track of the Workforce Development program and will be working closely with the CNY Arts staff and Cowley Associates with our upcoming marketing campaigns.
All three will be blogging about their experience, which we will post here on CNY Arts, as well as highlighting events they attend through their instagram accounts for CNY:
Be sure to check back regularly to stay up on the progress these three are making to assist CNY Arts in its mission to promote the arts and artists in our CNY region!