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


SU Museum Studies Presents Intangible Heritage Exhibit

April 26 - April 28

Dr. Ferrer-Yulfo has been taking part in a research project investigating how museums and galleries could be used to reconnect people who have been separated from their cultural heritage. Come experience an exhibit that is empowering communities to reconnect with their lost members, and aid in decolonization. Click here to learn more about the program.

Marigold Stories: A Literary Arts Exhibition

April 27 @ 12 pm - 4 pm 

The Breed love book club is taking this opportunity to showcase their art works created in response to young adult novels that focus on themes of girlhood, coming of age narratives, identity, and self-portraiture.

The Central NY Watercolor Society Exhibit 

March 15th - April 28 

The Central New York Watercolor Society was formed in February 1982 with fourteen charter members from the central New York State region. The Central New York Watercolor Society promotes the joy of watercolor painting through annual exhibitions, workshops, watercolor and water media demonstrations, and other educational outreach. Join us for a reception on March 15th from 5 pm - 7 pm.


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.