CNY Arts, an organization whose mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York, has awarded $9,000 to the Capitol Arts Complex. The grant comes from its COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund, which is designed to help arts organizations in Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties restart operations following pandemic-related closures.


“We’ve lost the vast majority of our earned income since the pandemic hit,” explains Capitol assistant director, Julie Whittemore. “We’ve been lucky that many of our ongoing expenses have been deferred, but that can’t go on forever.”


The grant process was competitive. CNY Arts preferred to support organizations which offer meaningful and ongoing engagement with communities. Despite the virus, the Capitol has been able to continue providing educational programs. Whittemore believes this helped the Capitol stand out among applicants.


“I think CNY Arts liked that we’ve stayed active in a safe way. We offered online movie streaming, curbside popcorn pickup, outdoor movies, and, eventually, opened Cinema Capitol to present in-person shows four days per week. Continuing to offer things like this helps boost our own morale and provides a much-needed sense of normalcy for patrons.”


The grant will be used to cover some of the organization’s most fundamental needs, including utilities.

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