Recently designated NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (25 April, 2016) led a successful and productive ‘listening tour’ to Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse May 24 and 25.
In a series of five meetings organized to hear from local officials, legislators, arts leaders, applicants, and grantees, and to introduce herself to our publics, she was joined by NYSCA staff members Megan White, Liz McAleer and Ronni Reich.
Among those in attendance at meetings were Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Onondaga County Deputy Executive Bill Fisher, and the presidents or executive directors of numerous arts organizations large and small, as well as many representatives of elected officials.
Through these collaborative conversations, we have come away with valuable ideas about how to continue to work together to build on and disseminate New York State’s rich, diverse cultural resources.
All of us at NYSCA are proud to demonstrate our commitment, availability and responsiveness to all of our state’s arts communities, including those in Western and Central New York. We look forward to speaking with more of you throughout our state this June and July. Our next meetings will take place June 14 at the Albany Institute of History & Art and at Arts Mid-Hudson and June 21 at Historic Hudson Valley. We hope to see you there!