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Downtown Committee Signature Events

 
Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks
 
 
Spring Progress Breakfast
 
 
Earth Day Cleanup
 
 
DC Annual Meeting
 
 
Downtown Farmers Market
 
 
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
 
 
Fall Progress Breakfast
 
 
Holidays in Downtown Syracuse
 

Recurring Events

2/24/2024 (All day)
David Edward Johnson: No Roses in December
Runs 1/27/2024 - 3/31/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

David Edward Johnson: No Roses in December

On view January 27, 2024-March 31, 2024

Based in Skaneateles, NY, David Edward Johnson creates mixed media assemblages that address belief systems, the birth and death of the American Dream, and the effects of loss at a personal level. No Roses in December features a series of works in which Johnson explores his father’s diagnosis of and descent into dementia. Johnson pairs his own photographs of bleak West Texas vistas and abandoned adobe dwellings with abstract mixed media painting, vintage papers, found objects, and other ephemera as a way to evoke fragmented shards of memory that mimic his father’s state of mind. The series title references a poem by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy that was popularized in a speech about courage by Peter Pan author JM Barrie: “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” Without memories, we have no blooms in the chill of the December of life.

David Edward Johnson: No Roses in December is part of the Everson CNY Artist Initiative, an exhibition program that celebrates the multi-faceted talents of regional artists. The CNY Artist Initiative is made possible with support from Terry and Bill Delavan.

David Edward Johnson
CONCLUSION, 2023
Custom photography, found objects, acrylic, graphite, spray paint, crayon, paper, cardboard, and household on panel, 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Date/Time2/24/2024 (All day)
Runs1/27/2024 - 3/31/2024
CostMuseum Admission- check Everson.org for details
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
2/24/2024 (All day)
Sana Musasama: Returning to Ourselves
Runs 2/03/2024 - 4/28/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Sana Musasama: Returning to Ourselves

On view February 3, 2024-April 28, 2024

Throughout her career, Brooklyn-based artist Sana Musasama has drawn inspiration from travel and research into global cultures. Returning to Ourselves centers around a series of dolls that Musasama produced that mirror African-American topsy turvy dolls containing a white doll whose skirt can be flipped up to transform it into a Black doll. Musasama uses this formal structure to juxtapose different figures drawn from the global Black diaspora. Returning to Ourselves is rounded out by a series of ceramic houses Musasama began early in her career but returned to during the pandemic to combat looming depression.

Sana Musasama
Topsy Turvy Doll, 2022

Date/Time2/24/2024 (All day)
Runs2/03/2024 - 4/28/2024
CostMuseum Admission- check Everson.org for details
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
2/24/2024 (All day)
Janet Biggs: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape
Runs 2/10/2024 - 5/12/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Janet Biggs: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape

On view February 10, 2024-May 12, 2024

In 2009 and 2010, Janet Biggs traveled to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard with a crew of artists and scientists to document the changing Arctic landscape. As the subject of centuries of exploration, the Arctic was once seen as indifferent to human enterprise, so vast and inhospitable as to be immune to any imposition. Today, scientists expect climate change to leave Arctic summers ice-free as early as the next decade, and Svalbard, located halfway between Europe and the North Pole, finds itself at the epicenter of this metamorphoses. Using footage compiled on her voyages north, Biggs explores this history and the alarming consequences of human enterprise in three videos: Warning Shot (2016), Brightness All Around (2011), and Fade to White (2010). Shown together, these works are a clarion call for a heroic landscape that will completely transform within our lifetimes.

Janet Biggs: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape is organized by the Barry Lopez Foundation for Art & Environment. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Barry Lopez Foundation works with contemporary artists to organize exhibitions addressing climate change, biodiversity, habitat loss, and our relationship with the land in a time of environmental crisis.

Janet Biggs

Fade to White (video still), 2010
Single-channel HD video with sound, 16×9 format, running time 12:28
Courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

Date/Time2/24/2024 (All day)
Runs2/10/2024 - 5/12/2024
CostMuseum Admission- check Everson.org for details
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
2/24/2024 (Multi-time)
Off the Rack
Runs 1/03/2024 - 5/05/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Off the Rack

On view through May 5, 2024

Off the Rack is the happy by-product of a major renovation of the Everson's on-site art storage. As hundreds of paintings and framed works are displaced from their racks while renovations take place, the public has an unprecedented opportunity to view objects that have been in deep storage for years, never-before-seen recent acquisitions, and some perennial favorites—all hung together salon-style in our exhibition galleries. This smorgasbord of paintings and works on paper showcases the breadth and depth of the Museum's collections and provides a glimpse into the world of collections management and care.

Jonas Lie
The Black Teapot, 1911
Oil on canvas, 35 x 42 inches
Everson Museum of Art; Museum purchase, 13.121

Date2/24/2024
Multiple Times

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Runs1/03/2024 - 5/05/2024
CostMuseum Admission- check Everson.org for details
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
3/01/2024 (Multi-time)
Saturday Community Programming
Runs 2/24/2024 - 5/25/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Saturday Community Programming

$10 per family to participate with Museum Admission!

Come join us for our Saturday drop-in art activities! Experience the Everson's engaging and interactive sessions, available every Saturday from February to May.

"Make & Take" from 10:30am –12:30pm
In this drop-in arts activity, children and families are invited to attend a clay forming session led by Everson staff and docents. Participants will be provided blocks of air-dry clay, sculpting tools, and creative guidance in an encouraging setting. Participants are also welcome to explore the museum after the activity, or even use pieces in the Everson’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions as inspiration for their clay formations. Join us for a creative morning of communal artmaking.

Young Poets Club from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Children aged 12-17 are invited to attend Young Poets Club—an encouraging creative writing community led by Everson staff and docents. Participants will generate stories and poems in response to pieces in the Everson’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions, and learn about forms of creative writing relevant to their interests. Participants will also receive writing prompts and have the opportunity to perform their creations for their peers and families.

Date3/01/2024
Multiple Times

"Make & Take" from 10:30am –12:30pm
Young Poets Club from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Runs2/24/2024 - 5/25/2024
Cost$10 per family to participate with Museum Admission!
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
3/07/2024 6:00 PM
Salty Spring Poets Club
Runs 3/07/2024 - 5/23/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Salty Spring Poets Club

Salty Spring Poets Club

$68 Members | $85 Non-Members

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sign up at any time!

Dates: March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th | April: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th | May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

"Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful." -Rita Dove

In this first four-week installment of Salty Spring Poets Club, we will pour language into classical poetic forms. What can forms like the sonnet and haiku teach us about calibrating language with power and intentionality? How does the prose poem emerge as a tool for breaking the rules and sequencing images? Each session, we will investigate a handful of poems written by contemporary poets and write our own poems in conversation with form and immediate environment.

Using the Everson’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions, we will write in response to visual artworks relevant to our desires and interests. Sessions will prioritize generative writing and supportive, encouraging feedback. At the end of the month, we will perform for our loved ones and peers, coming away with a portfolio of four or more carefully crafted poems.

Instructor Bio:

Misha Tentser is the Arizona-born son of Ukrainian immigrants. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Sonora Review, Terrain.org, and North American Review, where his poem "Half Kaddish" was a finalist for the 2023 James Hearst Poetry Prize. Misha is a community educator, translator, MFA candidate in Poetry at Syracuse University, and the author of the chapbook Born in the Wrong Desert (Mouthfeel Press, 2023).

Visit Everson.org/classes-list to register now.

Date/Time3/07/2024 6:00 PM
Runs3/07/2024 - 5/23/2024
Costhttps://21573a.blackbaudhosting.com/21573a/Poet-Club-23May2024
Contact Phone315-474-6064
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
3/19/2024 (Multi-time)
Pretty Woman
Runs 3/19/2024 - 3/23/2024
Landmark Theatre
 

Pretty Woman

Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 30 years later, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is “Big romance and big fun!” (Broadway.com). “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale,” says The Hollywood Reporter. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL delivers on all the iconic moments you remember. Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages.

Date3/19/2024
Multiple Times

3/19 - 7:30PM
3/20 - 7:30PM
3/21 - 7:30PM
3/22 - 7:30PM
3/23 - 2PM
3/23 - 8PM

Runs3/19/2024 - 3/23/2024
Contact Phone315-475-7979
Contact Emailinfo@landmarktheatre.org
VenueLandmark Theatre
362 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
4/16/2024 (Multi-time)
Hadestown
Runs 4/16/2024 - 4/21/2024
Landmark Theatre
 

Hadestown

HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

Date4/16/2024
Multiple Times

4/16 - 7:30PM
4/17 - 7:30PM
4/18 - 7:30PM
4/19 - 7:30PM
4/20 - 2PM
4/20 - 8PM
4/21 - 1PM
4/21 - 6:30PM

Runs4/16/2024 - 4/21/2024
Contact Phone315-475-7979
Contact Emailinfo@landmarktheatre.org
VenueLandmark Theatre
362 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
5/28/2024 (Multi-time)
Six: The Musical
Runs 5/28/2024 - 6/02/2024
Landmark Theatre
 

Six: The Musical

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

Date5/28/2024
Multiple Times

5/28 - 7:30PM
5/29 - 7:30PM
5/30 - 7:30PM
5/31 - 7:30PM
6/1 - 2PM
6/1 - 8PM
6/2 - 1PM
6/2 - 6:30PM

Runs5/28/2024 - 6/02/2024
Contact Phone315-475-7979
Contact Emailinfo@landmarktheatre.org
VenueLandmark Theatre
362 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
8/24/2024 (Multi-time)
I've Learned To Hold Myself Softly: Cali M. Banks
Runs 8/24/2024 - 10/27/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

I've Learned To Hold Myself Softly: Cali M. Banks

Comprised of 30 images and one film, Banks has created an exhibition with Syracuse as her muse.

She began documenting her hometown of Syracuse in November 2022. When she traveled back to places of importance during my "coming of age" years, she realized many places of both solace and nostalgia have been demolished or abandoned. Banks started to rework this experimental, documentary project with ideas of "teardown towns" and blind tradition. She utilizes self-portraiture, still-lives, and architecture that is specific to Syracuse, and symbolism depicting bodies, ritual, and sensuality, which in turn uses nonverbal communication as a way to emphasize tradition. This project also explores the complexities of layers of existence through materialistic remnants and the essence of non-tangibility. With a rapidly changing hometown as the core of the work, Banks is capturing attention with a familiar setting to the community.

Date8/24/2024
Multiple Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00am – 4:00pm (Pay-What-You-Wish)
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm (Third Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Wish)
Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Runs8/24/2024 - 10/27/2024
Contact Emailcalibanksart@gmail.com
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064
10/04/2024 (Multi-time)
Crime of the Century: Evelyn Nesbit, Harry Thaw, and the Murder of Stanford White
Runs 10/04/2024 - 10/06/2024
Everson Museum of Art
 

Crime of the Century: Evelyn Nesbit, Harry Thaw, and the Murder of Stanford White

Evelyn Nesbit first captivated Americans with her beauty and charm, then became the sympathetic focus of the Crime of the Century in 1906, following the murder of her former paramour, famed architect Stanford White, by her unhinged millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw. The staged reading of a new play by Syracuse playwright Garrett Heater mixes early musical theater sensationalism with the tragedy of Nesbit's abuse by men, money, and the media.

Date10/04/2024
Multiple Times

Oct 4 & 5 at 7:30 PM and Oct 6 at 2:00 PM

Runs10/04/2024 - 10/06/2024
Cost25
Contact Emailcoveynews@gmail.com
VenueEverson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-474-6064