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“Wow, Syracuse. I want to go there:” Welcoming Economies Convening + Northside Tours

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 16, 2017

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Next week, organizations, business owners, and individuals across the United States will convene in Syracuse to learn more about “cutting edge policies, successful programs, innovative ideas, and a network of trailblazers in our emerging field of immigrant economic development.” The Welcoming Economies event begins on Monday, October 23rd and ends on the 25th.

The Convening features a number of workshops and community tours. We’re most excited about:

1. Northside Tours

On Monday afternoon, participants can choose from several tours, three of which focus on the Northside: Building Community Amidst Constant Change: The Realities of Northside Micro-Neighborhoods; Food on the Northside: The Language that Needs No Translation; Creating safe and inclusive spaces for Faith: The Journey of Converting a Historic Church into a Welcoming Mosque.

 

2. Ignite Talks and Welcoming Reception

The first day of the conference ends with a fast-paced session where organizations give a five minute presentation about innovative ideas they’re adopted. The Talks are emceed by Nicole Watts of Hopeprint and Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland.

A My Lucky Tummy pop-up follows the Ignite Talks, with food from Burma, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.

 

3. Community Organizing Case Study: Perspectives form Organizers and Community Members in the Near Westside Peacemaking Project

This panel is made up of leaders and participants of the Peacemaking Project, an innovative community organization model, that will share best practices with attendees.

 

We’re also excited to see the debut of a video about New Americans in Syracuse and their impact on the small business and workforce industries. Here’s two teasers to get you just as excited as we are:

 

To register for the conference, visit the We Global Network’s website. For those in Syracuse, you can use the local discount to save money on your registration. Go to the registration page and click on “Enter Promotion Code” in blue at the top of the registration form. Enter code LocalDiscount and press “Apply Code.”

This conference is hosted by CenterState CEO and  WE Global Network, a program of Welcoming America in partnership with Global Detroit. For more information about the Welcoming Economies Convening, visit CenterSatte CEO’s website.

Happy Anniversary Coop Fed: Dine and Dance with us on October 20!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 12, 2017

Coop Fed Gala

Cooperative Federal is celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year with a Gala & Fundraiser at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on October 20th at 5:30 p.m. Our staff will be there feasting on pecan crusted salmon, dancing to the beats of DJ Rondell with Ear Catcher Sound, and bidding on all the silent auction items. Proceeds from the event go to support Coop Fed’s youth programs, including their In-School Branches at Nottingham, Henninger, and Fowler High Schools.

For many years, Cooperative Federal has been a trusted partner in all of our Economic Inclusion initiatives at CenterState CEO and we’re excited to revisit the accomplishments of this community development credit union and look to the future for more ways to “foster economic justice, inclusion, and opportunity” in all of Syracuse’s neighborhoods.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $30-75 and includes dinner, dessert, entertainment, and access to the zoo. Purchase them HERE. Thanks to event sponsors, there are also a limited amount of free tickets for anyone who is unable to pay. Send inquiries to event@coopfed.org.

For more information about the event – including the music line up and full dinner menu – visit CoopFed.org or join their Facebook InviteCooperative Federal works to “rebuild our local economy in ways that foster justice, serve people and communities that are under-served by conventional financial institutions, and responsibly manage our members’ assets.”

Photo Friday: “How might we . . .”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 6, 2017

Some of our staff + a representative from the Syracuse Northeast Community Center show off our hard work tackling a number of challenges. If the post-its didn’t give it away, we’re knee-deep in a Design Thinking course through Acumen: brainstorming ideas, creating prototypes, and asking “How might we . . .”

 

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October 2012: “A headdress of peacock feathers dripping with pearls”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 5, 2017

Fairy Tales are beloved by children (and adults) generation after generation. And so are these paintings that hang in the White Branch Library. We’re throwin’ it back to a post from October 2012 when we dug a little further into the history of this local artwork.

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Depicting Fairy Tales: Artwork at White Branch Library (originally published October, 13, 2012)

It’s impossible to miss the three large paintings hanging in the Children’s Room at the White Branch Library. The art nouveau pieces in shades of orange, navy, green, and brown set the scene for three classic fairy tales: Cinderella, the Pied Piper of Hamlin, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Beautifully painted with fun details (the fairy godmother in Cinderella wears a headdress of peacock feathers dripping with pearls), the magic of these stories pushes the boundaries of imagination—no matter your age.

The panels were painted by Syracuse’s own Margaret Huntington Boehner, an award-winning painter. Born in Oneonta, New York in 1894, Boehner attended Syracuse University’s College of Fine Arts and began teaching there shortly after graduation in 1922. Early in her career Boehner painted the three panels that were given to the White Branch Library by the Friends of Reading of Onondaga County. The fairy tales remain on permanent display in the Children’s Room.

Although a Syracuse resident for much of her life, only a handful of Boehner’s works actually remain in the city. The three panels at White Branch Library are an important part of our local history, but also our personal history on the Northside, as patrons fondly remember the pictures from their childhood.

Visit the White Branch Library in order to appreciate all the details of Boehner’s vision. How do these fairy tales compare to your own imaginings?

 

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Photo Friday: At Play

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 29, 2017

This #FlashBackFriday is from last September’s Northside Festival. Looks like fun, right? Head over to Schiller Park for this year’s Northside Festival on Saturday: www.facebook.com/events/471176649930496/?ti=icl

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Photo Friday: Face the Sun

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 22, 2017

Seeing all the sunflowers popping up all over the neighborhood–in gardens, between houses, in front yards–makes these warm days all the more sunny.

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Photo Friday: Sea Sighting on Howard Street

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 15, 2017

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Run for Refugees: September 30

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 14, 2017

Run for Refugees

“I grew up internationally, so I’ve always had a heart for international issues and affairs. With issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis and the current political climate, I felt like I needed to do something to support local refugees. I’m also an avid runner, so it made sense for me to use my love for running and host a 5K. Ultimately, my desire is to see the Syracuse and CNY community as a whole support our refugees in a fun and exciting way.” - Adrian Mellinger, co-organizer of the Run for Refugees

 

WHAT: Run for Refugees 2017

WHEN: Thursday, September 30 from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE: Long Branch Park, 3813 Longbranch Park in Liverpool

 

Grab your sneakers. Adrian Mellinger and InterFaith Works are hosting Run for Refugees, a run/walk of solidarity with refugees in our community. The event is family-friendly and the 5K course is un-timed, allowing for participants to go their own pace and bring friendly dogs (on leashes), children, and strollers.

Interested? You must register for the event in advance by September 23. The cost is $25 and proceeds support the Center for New Americans at InterFaith Works. For more information, visit InterFaith Works’ website and Facebook event.

Photo Friday: Before and After

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 8, 2017

Spurred by a NY Main Street grant several years ago, the building at 507-513 North Salina Street has continued to receive new improvements, restoring its historic facade and adding new windows on the upper floors.

Awesome job, George Angeloro! Keep up the amazing work.

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Photo Friday: The Welcome Garden

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 1, 2017

Named after the Swahili word for “welcome,” the Karibu Garden is a bright, burst of color on Lodi Street. Thanks to Hopeprint, the fence got a new coat of paint and a mural along the back wall this summer.

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