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Art in the Atrium

Art in the Atrium

A New Collaboration Between CNY Arts and Chashama

CNY Arts has a new, year-long partnership with Chashama, a New York City-based art organization committed to providing affordable venues for artists to exhibit their work. In collaboration with the City of Syracuse, and additional support from the Central New York Community Foundation, CNY Arts and Chashama will repurpose the City Hall Commons Atrium, located across from Hanover Square, to provide a multidisciplinary gallery and programming space for Central New York Artists. 

In addition to providing subsidies, Chashama is also actively involved in the transformation and the management of each space. Support provided by Chashama covers administrative fees, costs associated with buildouts and accessibility improvements, and artist honorariums, too.

In Persian, Chashama means “inspiration.” Founded in 1995 by performing artist Anita Durst, Chashama partners with property owners to convert unused real estate for a variety of creative applications, including exhibits, classes, and studios, specifically emphasizing access and equity for artists who may not otherwise have an opportunity to share their work with the public or develop their craft in a functional workspace. The grant from Chashama will enable CNY Arts to implement a diverse program schedule and broaden visibility for resident Syracuse artists by providing new opportunities for access and exhibition. 

Upcoming exhibits and programs:

Cycle of Desire by Zach Surp

Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This video exhibit takes viewers beyond the limitations of the human eye, with infrared and thermal imaging on three dedicated screens for a truly immersive experience. Guided by the dynamics of nature & romance, the film becomes a case-study, a sample of what is attainable when chasing the euphoric visions in our head.

Black Artist Collective: Paired Pieces 15th Ward Exhibition

Friday, January 19th - Sunday, March 10th 

In this exhibition, four established professional artists mentored four talented student artists, embarking on a creative journey that explores the history of the 15th Ward's destruction and its lasting impact. 

Through a series of prompt questions, the exhibition encourages viewers to contemplate the consequences of this historical event: What are the enduring effects of the 15th Ward's destruction? How does this impact resonate within the City of Syracuse today? What are our collective aspirations for a reparative future?

"Paired Pieces" presents diverse perspectives, artistic styles, and mediums. Each artist contributed their unique visions, inviting viewers to reflect on the past, engage with the present, and envision a future characterized by inclusivity and restoration. More than just an exhibitions the past and consider the impact of fostering healing and understanding. It serves as a collective call to action, urging us to embrace empathy, initiate meaningful dialogues, and collaborate toward a future where every voice is heard and every story acknowledged.

Interested in using the Art in the Atrium space?

Gallery Programming is an essential part of the Art in the Atrium mission. If you are interested in doing programming at the Atrium, please fill out the form below. The form outlines our capabilities and limitations. Following your submission, we will review your request and discuss its feasibility. We will then reach out to you to begin planning your programming. Please note: filling out a request does not guarantee we can accommodate your event. We look forward to reading your submissions. Thank you for your interest and cooperation.



For applicants interested in programming, please note: Art in the Atrium is a free community art and culture space made available by a partnership between Chashama and CNY Arts. CNY Arts is not solely responsible for marketing approved programs. CNY Arts can only help to amplify messaging about Atrium events.

Approved programs are responsible for audience development, including producing their own collateral, leveraging their own mailing lists, updating their own social media, and posting their event to the CNY Arts online calendar.