CNY Jazz, Partners Get Funding for Innovative CRAVE ProjectPosted: January 3, 2013
(From the Syracuse Post-Standard) While the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation is receiving a small state grant of $62,000, it has ambitious plans for the funds. It is planning two arts conferences and a weekend arts festival in Syracuse in 2013.
For the music organization, this marks a break from its programming on several fronts. It will extend CNY Jazz Arts’ reach beyond strictly music concerts to spearheading two conferences, one in the spring and in the fall, and organizing a fall festival of visual and performing arts that expects the audience’s active participation.
The festival is titled CRAVE, an acronym for Cultivating Resources in the Arts for Value in Our Economy.
“There will be no such thing as ‘band plays here, audiences sit there’ at this festival,” says Larry Luttinger, of CNY Jazz Arts. For example, Luttinger offered some possible examples: an orchestra encircling listeners or audiences determining the ending of a play or poem.
The first conference, called Creators Conclave, in the spring, will bring together local arts organizations from all disciplines to study successful and innovative presentations from across the country. With this information, plans for the festival will be developed and new performances created for the mid-September festival. The festival will spread out along the Connective Corridor, on the Syracuse University campus and at major arts institutions.
At the CRAVE festival, arts organizations from across the state will be invited to “witness” the performances that are the result of the research from the spring conference and to participate in a second Creators Conclave, modeled after the first spring conference, says Luttinger.
“Many audience-engagement models are already in existence,” says Luttinger. “This conclave, (and) festival, are opportunities to study them, refine them and present them in a concentrated fashion in order to further engage the public.”
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