Gifford-sponsored Forums Examine Role of Arts and Entertainment

Staff reports 09/17/10More articles
The IDEAS Collaborative (Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse), a partnership of local funders and arts/culture organizations, is scheduling eight Community Conversations and a city-wide Public Forum to obtain resident input on arts, culture and entertainment activities in Onondaga County and beyond.

These forums are a major component of a nine-month study to grow and sustain audiences by engaging the community directly to discover what motivates people to join in arts, cultural, heritage and entertainment activities; what prevents them from doing so; and identifying strategies for overcoming those obstacles and increasing participation. The Community Conversations, which will last an hour and a half, begin on September 25 and run through the 29th throughout the region. A larger Public Forum is scheduled for Sunday September 26 from 1:30-4 at the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse.

Led by national arts research consultant Surale Phillips, IDEAS is a cooperative venture that uses research and engagement strategies to increase participation, identify and grow sustainable audiences, develop targeted marketing strategies and uncover opportunities for cooperative activity and resource sharing. Phillips’ work in other parts of the country has strengthened arts and cultural institutions and their relationship with their communities, in turn leading to more robust local economies and a richer cultural fabric.

“We’re hoping that a variety of people will join in on the Community Conversations and the Forum and give their ideas,” Phillips said. “It’s very important that people who are interested in creativity, the arts and entertainment come, but we also know that many people participate in such events only sporadically, if at all. I want to personally invite those who may not feel that arts and culture is for them.”

Besides the eight Community Conversations held in the four quadrants of the City and throughout the County, there will be a larger Forum on Sunday September 26. Co-sponsored by CNY Speaks and the Cultural Resources Council, this event will allow participants to simultaneously experience the energy of a large forum while ensuring that everyone gets a chance to participate in the conversation through the small-table work that is the hallmark of a CNYSpeaks event.

RSVPs are not required for any of the Community Conversations, but please RSVP for the CNY Speaks Forum on September 26. Following is a complete list of locations, dates and hours.



Northside of Syracuse: Northside Collaboratory, 800 N. Salina St., 10:00 - 11:30 am

Eastern County: Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., 2:00 - 3:30 pm


CNY Speaks Forum: OnCenter Ballroom, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
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Southern County: Lafayette Community Center, 2508 U. S. Route 11, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Westside of Syracuse: The Spa at 500, 500 W. Onondaga St., 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Eastside of Syracuse: The Palace Theatre (upstairs), 5384 James St., 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Northern County: Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St., 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Western County: Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St., 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Southside of Syracuse: Beauchamp Public Library, 2111 S. Salina St., 10:00 - 11:30 am

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The IDEAS Collaborative is funded by the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga. Forty-three local arts, culture, heritage and entertainment organizations are participating. To learn more about the Cultural Resources Council, go to To learn more about CNYSpeaks, visit

CATEGORY: General Entertainment
TAGS: Gifford Foundations, IDEAS Collaborative, arts audiences, Surale Phillips
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