CNY Arts, Inc.


First Round of COVID-19 Arts Impact Funding Awarded

Galleries, museums, concert halls, events, and many artistic venues across Central New York were the first to close down because of COVID-19. Artists, musicians, and other people who make a living in the arts and creative sector loss vital income from gigs, events, and programs. Entire seasons and exhibitions and summer and fall festivals continue to be postponed and cancelled. While some venues are beginning to reopen and rehire artists, many will remain temporarily closed (Read about our recent COVID-19 Impact Research Study). 

The COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund was created by CNY Arts to provide COVID-19 emergency assistance for artists and cultural groups. CNY Arts serves Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. 

The first round of funding has been awarded to:

Art/Cultural Organizations

CNY Community Arts Center, multidisciplinary - Fulton (Oswego)

The CORA Foundation/ArtRage Gallery, visual arts - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, visual arts - Boonville (Oneida)

Joined Artists, Musicians, & Singers (JAMS), music - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Oswego Players, theatre - Oswego (Oswego)

Punto de Contacto/Point of Contact, visual arts - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Syracuse Chorale, music - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Syracuse Poster Project, visual arts - Syracuse (Onondaga)



Ellen Blalock: visual artists, film/electronic media - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Biboti Ouikahilo, dance - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Dan Sato: pianis, opera - Syracuse (Onondaga)

Martin Willitts Jr., poetry/literature - Syracuse (Onondaga)