CNY Arts, Inc.

Past Atrium Events

Past Atrium Events

Dunbar featured a mix poetry, video shots, and performed scenes of the work of Poet Laureates Paul Laurence and Alice Moore Dunbar. 

Our cast included:
Anne Childress as Matilda Dunbar
Herbert A Merrick as Paul Dunbar
Susan Wolstenholme as Kate
Robert Brophy as Huffman, Putnam, Etc.
Sarindi Tas as  Alice Dunbar (part 2)

This work was been compiled by Robert Brophy and presented by Synergy Arts Co. Videos were shot by Eugene JT Lee. This work was supported by City of Syracuse Arts and Recovery Fund. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of On My Own Time, a creative showcase produced by CNY Arts. For a half-century, On My Own Time has offered a unique forum for avocational artists to display their original visual artwork.

Each artist is a member of the local workforce, and businesses are encouraged to participate and celebrate the creative achievement of their employees. On My Own Time was inspired by individuals who make art outside of the hours dedicated to their career. On My Own Time welcomes nonprofessional artists of all levels of expertise and experience who share the joy of creative expression in common. 

This fall, join CNY Arts and participants of On My Own Time - past and present - to celebrate our avocational creative community! The On My Own Time 50th Anniversary Retrospective will run at the new Art in the Atrium gallery and programming space, located right in the heart of downtown! 

Recorder player Teresa Deskur explores more than 500 years of transformation of the recorder and its repertoire.  Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and even music from the year 2020, this program takes the audience on a whirlwind journey through the recorder’s greatest hits.  Deborah Fox, lute, will accompany. 

Teresa Deskur is a Vestal, NY based musician and teacher who holds a BA in Music, Music Education and Horn Performance from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD.  She is the director of bands at Owego-Apalachin Middle School in Owego, NY, where she has directed concert and jazz bands. Ms. Deskur is also a co-founder of the Fanfare Youth Recorder Club, a free virtual group for young players.

Draw in community and join us for an Irish Dancing themed drawing session. All skill levels are welcome. Participants must provide their own supplies.

Fee: $12 for one session or $48 for class punch card that covers 5 sessions. Fee waivers available at the door.



Sunday, October 22: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Cuban-born, Syracuse-based artists Richell Castellon Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado as they discuss their work. Topics include a demonstration of Mr. Casellon's painting technique, and the cultural inspiration for Mr. Hurtado's children's book.  


José Miguel Hernández Hurtado

Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado will discuss the origin of his book From Cuba to 'Cuse and the stories behind this project.


José Miguel Hernández is founder of La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino in Syracuse, New York. He works to transform the lives of low income Latino youth and youth with terminal diseases by involving them in Spanish language theatrical performances. His program builds self-confidence and has a high rate of success in getting youth to graduate from high school and continue on to college.







Richell Castellon

Richell Castellon will discuss and demonstrate his technique so people can watch how the acrylic paint is used in cityscape artwork on canvas.


Cuban-born Impressionist Artist based in United State, Richell Castellón Ferreira took his first steps referred to art from an early age. Completing his Art education where he spent four years of effort and dedication which enabled him to overcome and achieve the bases of what would be the beginning of his career as an artist. His style is loose, improvisatory in feel, but there is a strong sense of place in each of his paintings — be it a scene from Cuba or from Syracuse New York. While each scene represents a moment in time, Castellon fills them with an energy and spontaneity

Syracuse Strong 

CNY Arts and Chashama presented "Syracuse Strong." This inaugural exhibit features a multidisciplinary selection of local artists, each of whom received an award from the Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, a grant program administered by CNY Arts. Resources for the Fund were generously provided by the City of Syracuse through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Fund offered relief to Syracuse artists and art organizations who experienced pandemic-related hardship. 

We invite you to celebrate the artistry and resilience of our Central New York creative community! Together, we are all Syracuse Strong.

 Syracuse Strong Artist List

  • Ellen M. Blalock
  • Richell Castellon
  • Michael Calobrisi
  • Midoma (Michael Schwarzer)
  • David Steinman
  • Tony Washington
  • CNY Jazz Central has some posters exhibited
  • Chicago
    • Covey Theater Company presented the performance
    • Garret Heater was the director
    • Amelia Beamish (AB Photography) took the photos for the event
  • Carrie Valenzuela Amaranth, Company Press & Bindery
  • Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado
  • ArtRage
  • TAPS the Arts Project Syracuse
  • Andrea Kennedy, Photographer for Syracuse Pride
  • Syracuse Poster Project
Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of all things printing and book art! A "Wayzgoose" is a traditional celebration given by a master printer for their workers to mark the end of summer. We will honor this tradition by hosting an ink-tacular party with live printing and bookbinding demonstrations, fine wares by talented artisans available for purchase, exhibition of a wide range of printmaking artwork, educational displays, fun activities and more!

Some of our fantastic participants are your hosts - Salt City Book Arts and the Upstate Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA) - along with Hatchet Press, The Naughty Printmaker, Greenleaf Books, Amaranth Press and Bindery, 3Gatos Press, Emily Bender Murphy and more!

Pakistani immigrants residing in the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County & Central New York  celebrated 76th Independence Day Pakistan. Mayor Walsh, Councilmember Rita Paniagua, and State Senator Rachel May each delivered remarks at the City Hall steps. After the flag raising, the crowd relocated to the Atrium to continue the celebration.

Art in the Atrium helped celebrate Festa Italiana by featuring an Italian heritage display.