CNY Arts has received the first key grant to develop Arts and Entertainment District Master Plans for Syracuse and the communities of Oneida, Cortland, Auburn and Oswego — Master Plans aimed at spurring growth of the non-profit arts sector, and entertainment venues and other arts-related businesses.  The $100,000 grant from Empire State Development Corporation in partnership with the CNY Arts Regional Economic Development Council will help underwrite the Phase 1 Master Planning for our pilot cities, which we anticipate will be completed by late winter 2019. 

Below is a link to an online questionnaire you can use to share your input with CNY Arts and the Lakota Group team working on the CNY Arts and Entertainment District planning in your city.  Please keep in mind that we are aware that each community has different issues and approaches to cultural planning. We gathered a significant amount of input already, and we will take it all into consideration when drafting our planning recommendations.

You can find the survey HERE

Thank you for your time participating in this CNY Arts project – an outcome of your regional cultural plan ENGAGE CNY! Again, your contribution and participation are vitally important.

Stephen Butler, Executive Director
421 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor
Syracuse, New York 13202
Phone: 315-435-2155

Nick Kalogeresis, AICP, Associate Principal
116 West Illinois Street, Floor 7
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 312-467-5445

OCRRA Textile drop off event: October 20th



 October 20, 2018

Clean your closets and donate your old textiles and clothing, even if they are torn, missing buttons, or have broken zippers at OCRRA's Textile Drop Off Event happening Sat., Oct. 20 from 8 am to 12 noon at Destiny USA's Pink Parking Lot (off of Solar St, behind the Hiawatha pedestrian bridge).

Shoes and other textiles including clothing, hats, linens/sheets, towels, curtains, stuffed animals, backpacks, etc. are accepted at this event. These items do not have to be in wearable condition, but they must be clean and dry.

If these items can't be reused or resold locally, they can be recycled into industrial cloths or insulation!

This event is free for Onondaga County residents, no appointment is necessary.

Can't make the event? You can donate textiles and clothing year-round at any of the drop-off locations listed here

Join the Cleanup!

Come join students from SUNY ESF, and neighbors of Franklin Square for the annual landscape cleanup and pruning in the "Circle Park" and the adjacent Creekwalk areas.

When: Saturday, August 25 at around 10:30 to 12:30 (students may be working longer; you are welcome to join whenever you are able)

Where: meet in the "Circle Park" area located just south of Plum Court.

What to bring: a pair of gardening gloves, water and clothes you are not worried about getting dirty.

All are welcome to help out even if for a short amount of time. No experience necessary. It's pretty simple, the students are energetic and overall it's a fun experience ! Thank you for helping to keep the Creekwalk and our neighborhood looking good!

If you have any questions, contact Maren King (Mission Landing resident and ESF prof) at