IDEAS Collaborative

Ideas Collaborative

The IDEAS Collaborative (Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences and Services) is a partnership between local funders, arts organizations, the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau, and CNY Arts, created to strengthen arts, culture, heritage organizations and the creative community in Central New York through engagement strategies that will increase participation, identify new audiences and uncover opportunities for cooperative activities and resource sharing. 

IDEAS was begun in 2010 by the Gifford Foundation, Central New York Community Foundation, Allyn Foundation, Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, John Ben Snow Foundation, and the Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, with support from the County of Onondaga.

IDEAS Collaborative Partners

ArtRage Gallery

CNY Jazz Arts

Community Folk Art Center

CNY Arts

Erie Canal Museum

Everson Museum of Arts

Friends of the Central Library

Gifford Family Theatre

Landmark Theatre

Lemoyne College

Matilda Josyln Gage Center


Northside Urban Partnership

OnCenter Complex

Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Historical Association

Open Hand Theater

Dance Theatre of Syracuse

Paul Robeson
Performing Arts 

Rarely Done Productions

Red House Arts Center

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Salt City for the
Performing Arts

Skaneateles Festival

Society for New Music

Spanish Action League

Syracuse Children's Chorus

Syracuse City Ballet

Syracuse Community Choir

Syracuse Conventions &
Visitors Bureau

Syracuse Friends of
Chamber Music

Syracuse Gay &
Lesbian Chorus


Syracuse Opera Company

Syracuse Poster Project

Syracuse Stage


Syracuse University

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Wacheva Cultural Arts

Y-Arts @YMCA



IDEAS Collaborative is grounded in the belief that arts and culture are not separate from our community's overall health, but an ingegral part of it. A vital community that is engaged in all levels of creative enagement of the arts - from creation, to participation, to support - ensures growth in quality of life, economic opportunity, education, tourism and civic life.

IDEAS Collaborative Reports