Monthly Archives: August 2015
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • August 21, 2015
This summer, two graduates from SU transformed a “versatile space” at 1100 Oak Street into an art gallery and sculpture studio, Apostrophe’ S. Their mission is “to produce innovative exhibitions and events that share contemporary art with the growing North Side and the surrounding communities.” To stay up-to-date on their events and happenings, “like” them on Facebook.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • August 18, 2015
Laci’s has built a reputation for delicious and beautiful tapas, a fun atmosphere, and a commitment to community. Their 5th Annual Give Back Party will magnify all these pieces, featuring a variety of food and drink, live music from The Mix Tapes, raffles, and a vendor showcase. During this year’s celebration, all proceeds will benefit David’s Refuge, a local non-profit that “cares for the caregiver.”
Advance tickets are available for $30 through davidsrefuge.org. They will also be sold at the door for $40. To learn more about the event, visit Laci’s Tapas Bar on Facebook and watch the video below.
On Monday, August 3, a group of four individuals, all with different backgrounds and interests, entered the CenterState CEO office to learn more about their new AmeriCorps VISTA positions and the neighborhoods where they will be working. For the next year, Kiva, Liz, Zach, and Camellia will help implement the Community Prosperity Initiative that seeks to more efficiently knit together community partnerships to achieve greater impact through workforce development, business development, and neighborhood revitalization throughout the City of Syracuse, and expects to benefit low-income, underserved community residents looking to improve their lives by participating in the economy.
Much of their first week was spent touring the Northside, Near West Side, and Southwest neighborhoods and getting acclimated to the projects and colleagues they’ll be working with during their time at four of our partner sites: Home HeadQuarters,the Near Westside Initiative, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., and the Northeast Hawley Development Association, Inc. – NEHDA, Inc. Although the VISTAs will be based at different sites, their work will exist across neighborhoods, merging economic and community development with place.
Our aim is to create a relationship-based, action-oriented approach that can help our partners transfer hidden potential into opportunity and prosperity.
To view a series of photos from the neighborhood tours, check out our Facebook album.
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • August 10, 2015
Our director, Dominic, appeared in a Syracuse.com spotlight over the weekend to discuss his love for Syracuse and his transition from being known as the son of Greg Robinson (former coach of the SU football team) to a leader in community prosperity.
“Dominic Robinson could have followed his parents out of town. He could have gone on to do social work in any American city in need of young, creative energy to revitalize neighborhoods.
A job in any other city would offer a whole lot more anonymity for the son of Coach Greg Robinson.
So why did he stay in Syracuse?
Syracuse offered a special recipe of serendipity, trust and friendship that Robinson does not think he could replicate anywhere else.
Robinson, now 36, said he was allowed to take off with no boundaries.
He found equally dedicated friends with complementary skills — detail-oriented people to match his big ideas.”
To read the article in its entirety, visit Syracuse.com.
This week we helped orient a new group of AmeriCorps VISTAs who will be at different partner sites throughout the City, including the Near Westside Initiative, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., Home HeadQuarters, and Northeast Hawley Development Association. We’ll post more photos and details next week!
Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder • August 6, 2015
This Friday and Saturday, Vinomania and ArtRage Gallery are hosting two special events on the Northside.
Friday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
The Vinoman is pairing wine and chocolate during a free tasting event at Vinomania on Pearl Street. Owner, Gary Decker, will chose a section of wines from his collection and invite the public into his unique storefront filled with a large variety of wine and spirits as well as whimsical and delightfully weird decor. Lune Chocolat will also be on hand with a selection of beautiful candies with natural ingredients that will “fill your soul with chocolate.” Join the Facebook invite HERE.
Saturday, August 8, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
ArtRage is opening their gallery space for a live concert with Gonstermachers, a group describes as “So much talent and personality . . . live performances are just beyond words” by Paula Chapman from WAER FM. Tickets are on a sliding scale between $10 and $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit ArtRage and their mission “to exhibit progressive art that inspires resistance and promotes social awareness; supports social justice, challenges preconceptions and encourages cultural change.” Join the Facebook invite HERE.
Over the past 50 days, our partners at Cooperative Federal have been fundraising on Indiegogo to help sustain their In-School Savings Branches. This program equips teens with the skills they need to “prepare for a lifetime of financial strength” and “rise above the statistics.” Many of Coop Fed’s friends have been showing their support for the campaign with a series of photos that explain how a credit union in their high school would have influenced the decisions they made as young adults. We were excited to see two familiar faces from our staff, Stasya and Jonathan, sharing their answers.
Cooperative Federal has 2 more days left on Indiegogo to reach their goal of $5,000–and they’re almost there! To read the full story, watch the video, and contribute, click here. To follow the remainder of the campaign, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.