Downtown Crushes It During ArtsWeek
Even the greatest cities tend to mellow a bit during the summer as offices empty for vacations and even the most hardcore urbanites dream of sand, sun and water.
Syracuse manages to buck this trend with fun and engaging programing throughout the summer that keeps people coming Downtown for festivals, openings, concerts and more.
This week might mark the zenith of that effort, with events stretching throughout Downtown, from the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in Clinton Square to ArtsWeek, which features hundreds of artist booths stretching from City Hall past Columbus Circle.
What makes this year particularly exciting is the number of groups — large and small, new and old — that are also holding events Downtown in conjunction with ArtsWeek.
There’s the incredible team of people currently rocking the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force, who have taken over an abandoned storefront at 451 S. Warren St. and filled it with an amazing show featuring more than 40 local artists. Called ArtStrong, the gallery had a brilliant opening last night, complete with band and beer and enough cool people that you wonder who was left in Brooklyn. The gallery has hours through Aug. 7 (2 to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday; 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Aug. 6; and 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7).
The task force is also hosting a public — that means you can and should be part of it — performance art piece at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sat. July 31) called MP3 Syracuse (also on Syracuse.com). Check out those links for information on how to participate.
Then there are all the organizations coming together to host the Blue Rain ECOfest, which features music, dance, food, drink, vendors and exhibitors today and tomorrow in Hanover Square and City Hall Commons.
This type of concentrated and coordinated programming that creates critical mass and vibrancy is exactly what CNYSpeaks’ participants had in mind when we created the Citizens’ Agenda for Downtown Syracuse.
To all the organizations and individuals who are making summer in Syracuse so much fun — congrats and thank you!