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Thank you for PAC and its coordinator

On Monday, October 1, at 10:00 a.m., Mayor Matthew Driscoll and Common Council President Bea González held a reception to introduce the members of the City of Syracuse Public Arts Commission. On hand a half hour early were at least a couple dozen friends of the arts who gathered to thank the City for the Public Arts Commission and for following through with an earlier decision to appoint Astria Suparak to the Commission. Coffee from Eastwood coffee roaster, Cafe Kubal, was served before the speeches began. (pictures here)

One person curiously not mentioned in any of the speeches was Eastwood resident Kate Clark, MPA and Fulbright Scholar, and the city’s first ever Public Art Coordinator. Kate oversees the public art process from application submission to project completion and serves as a liaison between the City departments, businesses, the community, and TNT with regard to public art, among many other tasks. Kate has done research involving other cities and members of Syracuse City hall to come up with a streamlined process for public art and a program for it. She has also been the project manager for public art projects here, such as the David Hayes sculptures, Lipe Art Park, Totems Phase II, National Park(ing) Day, and she helped to initiate Urban Video Project, Floating Galleries and the Public Art Trail. She is also the chair of 40-below Public Arts. We are fortunate to have such a bright and hardworking advocate for the arts in City Hall, and she deserves full recognition for her efforts.

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A serious blow to town-gown relationships

Syracuse is fortunate to now have a Public Arts Commission in recognition of the fact that art – and the creative people it attracts – make for a healthier, more economically viable city. Why? Because we’re human and we want to have fun, enjoy beauty, get our thoughts provoked once in awhile, and feel like we average folks can enjoy some excellence in the cultural life of the city. People want to live in a city that treats them like people. And people come to a city to see art… and spend money while they’re there. Continue reading A serious blow to town-gown relationships

Floating Galleries Launch

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Floating Galleries of Syracuse transforms vacant storefronts into 24/7 exhibits. The aim of this project is to give local artists and agencies and opportunity to display their work, while fostering economic development by drawing attention to available retail properties.

Floating Galleries is a volunteer organization, which emerged from The Syracuse Public Art Task Force in 2007.

Floating Galleries launches on Thursday, May 17th, 7-10 pm, at its first location, 220 Warren St, previously the Merchant Bank Building.

Short Program at 7:45pm
Music at 9:30pm

All are welcome to attend this opening / launch party.

Contact floatinggalleriessyracuse@gmail.com for more information.

There are some Eastwood residents who have begun to work on getting a Floating Gallery into Eastwood. Contact me if you’re interested in helping with this.