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Autmun Wilson, artist
Artist Autumn Wilson, 2017 Unveiling. Photo by Mindy
Lee Tarry.

Special Erie Canal Poster by Tong Su
Special 2017 poster by
Tong "Amy" Su

Thea St. Omer Memorial Poster
Thea St.Omer memorial poster

Michael Moody, Syracuse Artist
The late Michael Moody, a Syracuse artist, cleaning one of our posters for re-use in venues along the South Salina Street Business Corridor.

Victoria Taylor, Syracuse University artist.
Victoria Taylor, 2012 artist.
Photo by Dave Hicock.

Selection of the 2017 posters:
Please join us in congratulating the 16 poets to be featured in the 2017 poster series: Rosalyn Carroll, of Manlius; Chen Chen, of Lubbock, TX (formerly of Syracuse); Ross Getman, of Syracuse; Sheila Forsyth, of Fayetteville; Linda Griggs, of Syracuse; Abigail Lent, of Syracuse; Peggy Liuzzi, of Syracuse; Tara Miner, of Syracuse; Kiru Morrissette, of Syracuse; William Padgett, of New Woodstock; Nicholas Petrone, of Syracuse; Tanya Raymond, of Syracuse; Erin Stepowany, of Shepherdstown, WV (formerly of Syracuse); Susan Stiles, of Liverpool; Robert Stone, of Baldwinsville; and Elizabeth Westfall, of North Syracuse.

These featured poets can thank a combination of skill and luck for rising to the top, given the large number of participants. A total of 125 poets submitted 260 fresh haiku. We added the fresh haiku to 717 active haiku from past entries, then selected one haiku from each poet to pass along for consideration by the student artists. Bottom line: as a group, artists had a total of 414 haiku to consider.

Artists created 24 posters, from which we selected 16. The selection committee consisted of Laurie Reed and Bethany Holbrook, of the Downtown Committee; professors John Thompson and Marty Blake, of the Syracuse University Illustration Program; and Jason Evans and Jim Emmons, board members of the Poster Project.

Special Supplemental Poster for 2017:
The supplemental poster for 2017 began with a commissioned illustration of the Erie Canal by graduate student Tong "Amy" Su. We then publicized the image and invited poets to complement it with a haiku. We received a total of 107 entries. A selection committee--Vicki Krisak, of the Erie Canal Museum; and Yingxue Xiao, Joe Murphy and Jim Emmons, of the Poster Project--selected five semi-final haiku. Su selected the final haiku, by poet Ross Getman.

Join us for release of the new posters, tentatively April 13.

Memorial Poster for Thea St. Omer
We were saddened by the death of one of our participating poets, Thea St. Omer, from a heart attack in April, 2015. Thea was a filmmaker and an inspired member of the arts community. We have teamed with Starbucks to install a permanent memorial to Thea at the Armory Square cafe. For more information, go to our donation page.

Yi Ting Huang, our fall semester intern, will complete her graduate work this spring and seek work in California. She helped create our website's new poster and photo gallery pages. Kalia Zell-Barrow, our summer intern, returned to Syracuse University in the fall for her senior year. She helped us reach out to independent artists to sell their civic art through our online store. Fan Wang, our fall, 2015, intern from the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, moved to New York City to pursue arts internships there. Rushi Sun, a fall, 2015, semester intern from Syracuse University's iSchool, found a job in California. Yingxue Xiao, another iSchool intern, landed a job with Bank of New York Mellon in Syracuse; she's now a board member with us and continues to produce our haiku-of-the-day feature. Zhaolu Meng, a year-long intern from the iSchool, moved to Dallas to take a job with an analytics company.

South Side Art Initiative
In the summer of 2013, we selected posters from our archives, and offered them for long-term display to businesses and public venues along the South Salina Street business corridor, from Colvin Street to Brighton Avenue. Marissa Saunders, a board member, and Michael Moody, a Syracuse artist, oversaw a pair of youth workers: Tania Peterson, who helped with outreach, and Rachel McMillian, who helped with poster installation. We got a positive response from more than 10 venues. Read more in this story by Ruthnie Angrand of The Stand The initiative is funded grants from the Gifford Foundation and the New York State Urban Council.

New Products
We recently added two new shopping sections: one for posters by local artists working in a vein similar to ours; another for note cards with haiku. We're also offering a CNY Media Guide, an excellent resource for any individual or organization interested in publicizing programs, activities and accomplishments.

Traveling Exhibit
Our traveling exhibit of framed poster prints will be at Petit Branch Library in the Westcott neighborhood for the month of May.

New Stores
We're now our products at two new venues: cards and select poster prints at Syracuse Soapworks in the Hawley Green neighborhood; and note cards and postcards at the Syracuse University Bookstore. If you know of a store that would like to carry prints or note cards, let us know.

Audience Development
We worked with dozens of arts and culture groups participating in the Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse (IDEAS). The initiative strengthens arts, culture and heritage groups by building audiences, sharing resources, and developing cooperative activities. Five entities teamed up to make the work happen: the Allyn Foundation, Central New York Community Foundation, Gifford Foundation, Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga. Participants worked with Surale Phillips, of Bozeman, MT, a demographer specializing arts and culture. Phillips helped us analyze our membership and customer base, correlate it with census information, and find ways to reach new supporters. A grant from IDEA helped us reach new stores; tidy up our mailing lists; and enhance our website.

In April, 2010, the Syracuse Poster Project received New York State incorporation. The Project then completed a lengthy application for federal nonprofit status, and finally received approval in November, 2010. The Project now has nonprofit status under section 501 (c) 3 of the tax code. This exempts us from federal income tax and sales tax, and lets us receive tax deductible bequests and contributions. We owe much of this accomplishment to Jessie Sweetland, class of 2010, Syracuse University College of Law. Through participation in the S.U. Law Clinic, Jessie and a classmate, Akria Ulmer, ushered us into the application process. Jessie and Akira graduated in 2010. A new team of student volunteers, Bobby Rajabi and Jacob Berger, saw us through the final steps of the process.


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