CNY Arts, Inc.


Arts Impact Fund Grantee Update

Arts Impact Fund Update April 2021

As the pandemic shutdowns began last spring, CNY Arts, with generous assistance from the Gifford Foundation, developed and administered a wide-reaching survey of arts and cultural organizations and artists to find out how to them stay afloat amid the perfect storm of sudden season, exhibit, and program cancellations and grant reductions. 

The arts sector told us what they needed was operational funding and they needed it quickly.

We created a fundraising committee made up of board, staff, and community members, and they got to work creating the COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund, and set an ambitious goal to raise $1 million. Ten months later with more than $850,000 raised in cash and in-kind donations, we’re closing to achieving this goal!

The fund received a tremendous boost through $175,000 in challenge grants provided by The Central New York Community Foundation, The Reisman Foundation and the John Ben Snow Foundation & Memorial Trust.

By the end of April, CNY Arts will have distributed over $460,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations in our region through our COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund. The funding has reached all 7 counties in our region, helping museums, performing arts groups, exhibitors, community centers, and venues representing music, theater, dance, visual arts, and historical and cultural genres. The fund has also helped individual artists and arts educators.

See the current list of grantees.

The staff and board of CNY Arts is humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from so many across Central New York!


We'd like to especially thank our Honorary COVID-19 Impact Fund committee:

Bruce Coville, Author & Founder of Full Cast Audio
Mark Golden, CEO & Founder of Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Carrie Mae Weems, Visual Artist
Eunice Williams, Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer, Onondaga Community College

Many thanks to the businesses, organizations and individuals whose contributions to the CNY Arts COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund in the past year have helped so many arts organizations and artists in our region during the pandemic. 

Following are some of our lead contributors:

Allyn Family Foundation
Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
Central New York Community Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Gifford Foundation
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation
Shineman Foundation
The John Ben Snow Foundation & Memorial Trust

The Peggy & Tim Atseff Fund
MacAllister Fund
The William & Mary L. Thorpe Charitable Fund
Professional Musicians of CNY--Local 78 AFM

ASM Global – The Oncenter
Canale Insurance & Accounting
Community Bank, N.A.
Decision Support Partners, Inc.
LeMoyne College
WSYR-TV Newschannel 9

David A. A. Ridings
Mark Golden
Sandra Hurd
Carol Biesemeyer
Tracy Tajbl
Stephen Butler
Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, Inc.

The Cultural Resources Trust
The New York State Council on the Arts
Onondaga County

Every gift is incredibly meaningful--VIEW the complete list of supporters.