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Artist Selecting Haiku
Artists Selecting Haiku

Selecting posters for 2018
Selecting the 2018 posters

Nicora Gangi poster
Nicora Gangi Poster

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

Thea St. Omer Memorial Poster
Thea St.Omer memorial

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.


Annual Call for Poetry and Art:

Our annual call for haiku is ongoing through Sept. 7. If you're a writer interested in participating, look for entry materials in the "Participate" section of this site.

Our call for art, which was previously limited to a class of illustration students at Syracuse University, now goes out independent artists and designers throughout the region.

Interested artists: please email, with your contact information, including postal address. We'll send further details and pass along haiku for artists' consideration.




Selection of the 2018 Posters:

Please join us in congratulating the 16 poets to be featured in the 2018 poster series: Omanii Abdullah, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Travis Bartlett, of Mexico; James Bush, of Skaneateles; Rosalyn Carroll, of Manlius; Sean Conrey, of Syracuse; Mary Huling, of Baldwinsville; Vinh Dang, of Syracuse; Jack Davis, of North Syracuse; Terry Eckert, of Bridgeport; Jean Fahey, of Syracuse; Laura Feldman, of Jamesville; Dennis Kinsey, of Syracuse; Mary Ann Laidlaw, of Syracuse; Sara Marsh, of Camillus; Devon Moore, of Syracuse; and Lorraine Piazza, of Syracuse.

The series includes 14 posters created the traditional way and two special posters on the theme of Syracuse as a place of welcome to all people and cultures.

For the first of the special posters, artist Nicora Gangi created a collage, and we invited poets to complement it with a haiku. We received 64 submissions. Jean Fahey is the poet whose haiku was selected:

A beacon of hope
City of welcoming arms
A place to call home

For the second special poster, artist Nada Odeh created a painting on the theme of welcome. She then browsed submissions for a complementary haiku, and selected one by Vinh Dang.

Sixty four writers submitted haiku for the special poster by Gangi. For the traditional contest, we had submissions from 81 returning participants and 56 new participants. With each participant submitting up to three haiku, we received a total of 251 new haiku. We then added haiku still active in our archives for a total of 1,101 active haiku, and then selected one haiku from each poet to pass along to the student artists. In the end, students reviewed 483 haiku.

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.

And Another...
We were so impressed by Su's alternative drafts for the canal poster that we commissioned her to develop one of them for additional celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial. We then worked with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to tailor the poster for both the bicentennial and the World Canal Conference (Sept. 24 to 28 in Syracuse). You'll find the poster here, in the section of our online store for work by independent artists.

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.

Xi Chen, our spring, 2017, intern, graduated and landed a job with the Chicago Transit Authority. She helped us re-establish our interactive map of places that have been featured in posters. Yi Ting Huang, our fall semester, 2016, intern, graduated and moved to California. She helped create our website's poster and photo gallery pages and did great work mapping and analyzing poets' parcitipantion. Kalia Zell-Barrow, our summer, 2017, intern, graduated and is now pursuing a patent on an adaptive cushion for the elderly. 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. 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 literary posters from the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, autographed by the featured authors. 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 spends January at Provisions Bakery and Restaurant, 216 Walton St., in Armory Square.

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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