CNY Arts, Inc.

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:

Expressive Inclusion

Friday 11/24 - Sunday 1/14

Join us at Art in the Atrium for “Expressive Inclusion,” featuring artists from ARC Herkimer and ARISE. “Expressive Inclusion” draws select work from ARISE’s “Unique” exhibit formerly displayed at the Everson and ARC Herkimer’s “Art without Boundaries” which traveled around the region. 

ARISE for 23 years has published UNIQUE Art and Literary Magazine to showcase the powerful work of people who identify as having a disability. Each artist or writer not only contributes their piece to the magazine but also writes a few sentences about how their experience with disability influences their work. A panel of community judges selects the items to be published each summer. UNIQUE is an integral part of ARISE as an Independent Living Center because we honor the power of people with disabilities, recognize that art and recreation are a vital part of a fully realized life, and advocate for full access and inclusion.

ARC Herkimer's "Art Without Boundaries" allows audiences to view artwork by individuals with disabilities as well as work created by ARC Herkimer staff. ARC Herkimer: empowering people with disabilities and enriching lives throughout the community. 

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.