Central New York Community Foundation

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Syracuse City School Students are scoring big with the latest round of more than $680,000 in grants from The Central New York Community Foundation that will benefit education and non-profits in Onondaga and Madison Counties. Four projects made the grade on providing student supports and learning opportunities. WCNY’s Enterprise America Program will acquaint students with 14 businesses to get them thinking about current and future career opportunities in Central New  York through a simulated ‘city experience.’ Community Foundation President and CEO Peter Dunn says the board awarded projects that can begin in the classroom and take kids out into the community.


Redhouse Arts Center Lab theater space
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A local foundation and theater have come together  to improve access to the arts for up-and-coming performers and audiences.  The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the Redhouse a $25,000 grant to construct a "lab" theater space, which provides public performance space for educational programming.  The grant and planned uses for the theater were highlighted as part of Community Foundation Week.

A new schedule has been released for the 31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest and it features one of the more critically acclaimed voices in jazz today.  Thanks to a recent grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, chart-topping jazz singer Giacomo Gates is headed to Syracuse.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director Frank Malfitano describes Giacomo Gates as a "vocalese hipster in the style of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson."  Gates performs Friday, July 5th at 5:00 PM.