60 Years of Promoting, Celebrating and Supporting Arts & Culture in Central New York

In 2017, CNY Arts celebrates its 60th Anniversary. A lot has changed since 1957, when we were first known as The Cultural Resources Council. From helping raise money in the 1970s to build and then manage the Civic Center theaters in Onondaga County to raising the $1.5M annually to support arts, culture and entertainment across six plus counties as we do today, CNY Arts exists to serve our region’s artists, the cultural industries, and the residents of all our communities. And we’ve only been able to do it with your help and support.

CNY Arts impacts so many people in our region across 5,500 square miles with services and programs including grants-making, promoting the arts, organizational and professional development, and community events. By the end of 2016 more than 950 arts agencies and artists registered on our online arts events calendar; which was visited over 105,038 times last year.  In 2016, over 150 grants, given out annually across six counties, support the work of arts, history and heritage organizations, arts education programs, and individual artists and more than 80 gifted students received scholarships to advance their artistic education and pursuits. More than 6,000 children and families participated in our holiday show, festival, and exhibits, and 760 youth received ticket scholarships to take part in this event.

Click above to donate now and support CNY Arts as we begin the next 60 years of celebrating, promoting, and supporting the arts and culture in our community.


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Your contribution, no matter how modest, helps create a big impact and supports CNY Arts programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Central New York – not just in concert halls and museums, but in homes, schools, and community sites.
Because of your contributions, we are able to provide opportunities that improve our quality of life and revitalize our communities through beautification, jobs, and audience spending. Your generous support keeps art and culture accessible and vibrant. Only you make this possible.
CNY Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible.CNY Arts has had a remarkable year, having undertaken many new responsibilities. Your support allows us to continue the traditions that have become so integral to the cultural fabric of Central New York:

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2016 (For year ending 6/30/17)

2015 (For year ending 6/30/16)

2014 (For year ending 6/30/15)

2013 (For year ending 6/30/14)

2012 (For year ending 6/30/13)