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TNT unveils next “Syracuse as Canvas” mural at Jazz Central – Live music at reception October 28th



Larry Luttinger


TNT unveils next “Syracuse as Canvas” mural at Jazz Central

Live music at reception October 28th

Syracuse NY – The second of eight murals planned for urban Syracuse by Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today will be unveiled with a free happy hour reception on Friday October 28th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington Street.

Muralist Cecily Thomas will be on hand to talk about her inspiration for “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE” the 90-foot work that spans the entire length of the west wall of the building, which houses the CNY Jazz Offices, education hub, and Jazz Central theater. Live music will be provided by Mark Hoffmann’s” Swing This!” and finger foods and cash bar will be available.

According to Thomas, “I wanted to create something bold so that you can’t help but read it. My hope is that when people look at this mural, they immediately think of all the reasons why Syracuse is such a wonderful place. I think that whether you grew up here or are a transplant, it’s easy to take pride in the fact that this is your home. Syracuse must be the place!”

City officials will be in attendance at the event, including Common Councilor Jimmy Monto, tireless advocate and President of Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT), who continues to lead the citywide project. From his point of view, he sees that “Syracuse is experiencing an art Renaissance of sorts, and it’s beautiful to see. These projects scream civic pride; and the support from the community has been utterly astonishing. We have to keep investing our time and resources in artists, they do what they do out of pride and love for this city of ours.” 

CNY Jazz leader and founder Larry Luttinger added, “This mural is so visually arresting, it demands your attention, with a strong, positive declaration. Many thanks to Jimmy and the folks at TNT who voted for our building as one of the eight mural locations. As the first arts center collaborating with a TNT visual artist, this amplifies our place in the cultural firmament of downtown. Soon, we’ll be serving the city’s newest neighborhood, when I-81 comes down. When that happens, we’ll be ready to serve the new “Downtown East” with cultural services, in a beautiful setting.”

Mural number 3 is currently underway on the side of the Palace Theater in Eastwood at the corner of James Street and Stafford Avenue.