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Kimberly McCoy, Panelist
Panelist Kimberly McCoy

Matthew Bourdon, Panelist
Panelist Matt Bourdon

Anthony Pham, Panelist
Panelist Anthony Pham

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.

Selection of Poet-Artist Pairs for the 2024 Poster Series.
Our panelists met in early December to select posters for the 2024 series. The 12 posters of the series each feature an historic character from Central New York. Join us in congratulating the selected poet-artist pairs, listed here by poet and artist:

Nancy Chaffee of Tully & Elisabeth Michals, of Chicago
Jay Cox, of Pompey & Chloe 'Clove' Flores, of Syracuse
Joey Favata, of Syracuse & Katie Mulligan, of Minoa
Ester Guncheon, of B. Shores, IN & Meg Stephens, of Syracuse
Dennis Kinsey, of Syracuse & Tyler Hill, of Nedrow
Diane Lansing, of Syracuse & Brendan Clark, of Tully
Stephanie Maksymiw, of Auburn & Leah Hennesey, of B'ville
David Manfredi, of Syracuse & Tammra Cook, of Charlton, MA
Brian Mitchell, of Baldwinsville & Obamique Leader, of Syr.
Patricia Teska, of Syracuse & James McCampbell, of Liverpool
Manuael Waelder, of Syracuse & David Zeggert, of Binghamton
Sam Young, of DeWitt & Chris Madden, of Syracuse

Results of Call for Poetry and Art:
Our call for poetry drew 62 returning poets and 55 new poets. Together they submitted 246 poems inspired by our list of historic characters. We screened these to 144 semi-final poems. We then allocated four poems to each of 37 artists. Each artist selected one poem to illustrate.

Additionally, poets submitted a total of 22 poems to complement the special Henry Keck poster illustrated by James McCampbell. From these, our board selected three semi-final poems. McCampbell himself selected the winning poem by Patricia Teska:

From a Master's hands, / And colorful shards of glass, / Magical brilliance.

Poster Selection Process:
For the traditional aspect of the Project, 25 artists completed posters. From these, our guest panelists presided over a blind selection of 11 posters and awarded first-, second-, and third-place posters.

The panelists were:
Matt Bourdon, Gift Shop Manager, Onondaga Historical Assn.
Kim McCoy, Community Engagement Organizer, ArtRage Gallery
Anthony Pham, Marketing and Promotions Assistant, Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Awards:
First place: artist Chris Madden and poet Sam Young
Second place: artist Katie Mulligan and poet Joey Favata
Third place: artist James McCampbell and poet Patricia Teska.

Annual Unveiling:
We will release the posters at an unveiling celebration, tentatively set for April 29 at the Atrium Gallery, 201 E. Washington St.

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. In 2015, we teamed with Starbucks to install a memorial to Thea at the Armory Square cafe. With the closing of Starbucks, in 2022, we're seeking another venue for re-installation of Thea's memorial.

Interns: Where Are They Now?
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 flat screen with a rotating display of posters spends February at Hope Cafe.

New Stores
We're now selling our select note cards at two new venues: Metro Home Style and Mixed Methods. Know a store that would like to carry our products? 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.

Incorporation
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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