City of Fulton seeks support for the arts

To All City of Fulton CNY Arts Center Supporters:

Rarely has there been such an opportunity for business, nonprofit, government, arts, and cultural organizations to work together for such far-reaching mutual benefit. Engage CNY, a new initiative administered by CNY Arts is that opportunity.

Engage CNY is a key part of CNY Arts’ strategic plan, developed when the agency grew from serving three counties to six counties. (CNY Arts is the former Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County.)

Community leaders from all sectors of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties are now meeting in a series of forums to talk about ways to coordinate the business, government, arts, and cultural resources of the whole region.

Their goal is to create new partnerships that can jumpstart the local economy and improve overall quality of life for its residents. One special area of focus is increasing tourism by promoting Central New York as a destination rich in arts and cultural offerings.

The City of Fulton supports this effort due to the fast-growing CNY Arts branch in our own community, under the leadership of Nancy Fox. She along with other local art lovers have come together to bring to life a new interest in making our community a destination for new cultural events.

Our residents support will go a long way in highlighting the wonderful events our local CNY Arts Center have brought to Fulton in such a short time.

Please take the time to fill out the survey. You can find it at  and watch for upcoming forums so you can become part of this great movement.

An indispensable part of this planning process is to hear directly from as many people who live and work in these six counties as possible.

The Engage CNY community survey was developed to help accomplish this.  Individuals can complete the survey in just a few minutes and be sure their opinions and ideas about their own community will be heard.

We want to hear from you, even if —especially if — you are not a regular participant in arts and cultural programs and activities.

Engage CNY will not only create a comprehensive inventory of what our region does well, but also discover and put in motion ways to make arts, cultural and heritage programs, events, festivals, and, perhaps, new activities, more welcoming, more accessible, more affordable, more interesting, and more enjoyable!    .

To complete the survey online, visit You can also obtain a hard copy of the survey from any Onondaga County library (include additional counties’ libraries once confirmed), or by calling CNY Arts.

Community residents are also invited to participate in one of the upcoming Engage CNY forums. To reach CNY Arts, call 435.2155, or e-mail


Mayor Ronald Woodward


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