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FOUR DAYS AWAY: 48th Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival Around Columbus Circle to Showcase Talents of 170 Artists

Monday, July 23, 2018

Arts Craft Festival AmeriCU2Syracuse, NY – This weekend, Downtown Syracuse will come alive with the presentation of the 48th Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival. Presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. and AmeriCU Credit Union, the three-day festival will showcase the talents of 170 of the nation’s most talented artists and craftspeople, displaying unique fine arts and contemporary crafts. The free family-friendly festival also features a variety of street performers, kids’ activities, and of course, traditional festival foods and sweet treats.

From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, July 27 and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, July 28 and Sunday July 29, sunshine or rain, Columbus Circle and surrounding streets will become the destination for contemporary arts and crafts. Visitors will find two-and three-dimensional works such as ceramics, computer art, painting, fabric and fiber, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry and more. This year, artists from 20 U.S. states are represented, traveling into Downtown Syracuse from as far away as California and Arizona. Internationally, artists from Ontario, Canada are represented. *You may preview the selection of artwork by clicking here, which will take you to a list of all artists in all categories, and links to their websites.

The selection process to be part of this event is highly competitive. Applications were screened from 400 artists who applied to participate. Ultimately, 170 artists were chosen through a jury process.

The Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival is recognized as the most prestigious show of its kind in Central New York, and hailed as one of the premier festivals in the northeast. Earlier this month, Sunshine Artist – a trade magazine designed for exhibiting artists and art show administrators – recognized the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival as one of the Top 200 shows in the country. The list is determined by festival participants including artists, craftspeople and vendors, who rank shows across the country.
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The festival features a variety of professional performers, including costumed dance groups, unique street entertainers, singers and the Summer Drummers – a teen summer program that encourages 7th through 12th grade students to explore rhythms and hone performance skills. There will be summer refreshments and treats and a Children’s Activity Area on the lawn next to The Mission Restaurant.

“At AmeriCU, we’re proud to be part of a community that knows how to live life and dream big. Few events exemplify the vibrancy of this city like the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival,” said Nick Cray, Vice President of Member Relations and Marketing at AmeriCU. “This event enriches the cultural spirit of Syracuse and Central New York by bringing together some of the most talented artists and craftspeople from our region and across the nation. As AmeriCU celebrates its 10th year in Downtown Syracuse, we are thrilled to present one of the most popular and longest running events in Downtown.” 

“Even though our community gets to enjoy the benefits of the lively atmosphere that Downtown presents every season, we always look forward to the last weekend in July as a chance to put the arts in the summer spotlight,” said Merike Treier, Executive Director of the Downtown Committee.  “The AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival offers a diverse variety of high-quality art from the nation’s best artists and delivers a well-rounded cultural experience that offers something for everyone. We encourage festival-goers to also take advantage of the ‘ArtsWeek Entertainment Corridor’ and spend their whole weekend in Downtown Syracuse.”

Funding for the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival is provided by AmeriCU Credit Union and a New York State grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco. For additional information about the Arts & Crafts Festival, please visit http://www.SyracuseArtsandCraftsFestival.com.

The ArtsWeek Entertainment Corridor connects the anchor events of the multi-faceted celebration known as ArtsWeek – which starts at the Everson Museum of Art, and includes the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, the Syracuse Newtimes Chalk Painting Festival happening along Montgomery Street; the Stage of Nations EcoFest in Hanover Square; and the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in Clinton Square – by connecting activity through four Downtown neighborhoods. New to ArtsWeek this year, paper lanterns that were decorated by 2016 and 2017 Arts & Crafts Festival attendees, will help light the way. Just in time for the busiest festival weekend, these lanterns - depicting festival-goers’ vision(s) for the future of Downtown Syracuse – will be mounted on café lighting to be displayed in City Place, activating the courtyard between State Tower and City Hall Commons Atrium. The café lights will remain in place, serving as a permanent enhancement to draw attention to the unique spaces available for community use.

This installation and project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by CNY Arts.  A partnership between the Downtown Committee and City of Syracuse makes this installation possible.

ArtsWeek, which continues through Sunday, July 29, boasts nearly 40 programs and events to emphasize the visual and performing arts that contribute to the dynamic, vibrant experience that Downtown presents. Now in its 11th year, ArtsWeek features programs presented by The Everson Museum of Art, Redhouse Arts Center, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the Erie Canal Museum, Onondaga Historical Association, YMCA Downtown Writers Center, M-Street Cooperative, Media Unit, Urban Sketchers – Syracuse Chapter, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Plymouth Congregational Church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Youth Program.  A full schedule encompassing all of the elements is posted at  http://DowntownSyracuse.com/ArtsWeek.

New to ArtsWeek this year, more than a dozen businesses are offering deals exclusive to festival attendees. For a list of all of the "Summer Specials" promotions, please click here. 

About the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. 
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, professional downtown management organization representing all property owners and tenants within the central business district.  The Downtown Committee undertakes programs to improve downtown's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness, and assure that it's clean, safe and accessible. For more information, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com.

About AmeriCU Credit Union 
AmeriCU Credit Union serves over 120,000 members throughout Central and Northern New York. It operates 19 full-service Financial Centers, and is a member of many ATM networks. AmeriCU offers a complete line of financial services, including savings and investment accounts, consumer and real estate loans, credit cards, a proprietary ATM network and toll-free automated TeleLink service. For more information, please visit www.americu.org.


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