The Fulton Renaissance: How a rural community is re-imagining its identity through the arts. (By Maximilian Eyle, Gifford Foundation)   

Monique Harrison displays her original handmade art at a recent outdoor Arts Market held weekly at the Arts Center. Monique has grown from teenage volunteer to teaching artist and director of the annual summer Arty Camp. 

In 2011, Nancy Fox put an ad in the Fulton Daily News inviting anyone from the community to attend a meeting in a church basement. She had decided that her town was in desperate need of an Arts Center – an idea that took many by surprise. “An arts center in Fulton?” many people asked, to which she replied: “Why not?”

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New LED Stage Lighting System debuts at the Arts Center

Installation of a new LED stage lighting system has been completed at the new CNY Community Arts Center located at 121 Cayuga St in downtown Fulton. With funding from a New York State Council on the Arts grant, the state-of-the-art light ‘package’ includes LED stage lights in a variety of sizes and features that are expected to greatly reduce the heat and energy use from traditional tungsten stage lights while offering a broader range of design capabilities. Syracuse Scenery and Stage Lighting designed and installed the new system for the Arts Center.

“This is a very exciting time for the Arts Center and for our theatre folks,” said Nancy Fox, Executive Director. “It is rare for a small theatre to house this kind of lighting and it was only possible for us through this state grant. The lights make a major difference onstage. Many of the lights are really small but powerful. They do not generate the heat that takes a toll on the actors and heats up the theatre. 

"There are things these lights will do that we have barely begun to explore for special effects and color spectrum and flexibility. We are very excited to see what the possibilities are and to deliver our audiences a truly professional experience. This system will carry us into literally a brighter future for everything we do onstage.”

The new lighting system will debut with the opening of Blithe Spirit running September 27-29 and October 4-6. “Blithe Spirit is a perfect production to launch the new system with calls for ghostly scenes and special

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CNY Arts Center Announces 2020 Theatre Season and Auditions!

The newest stage in town is ready to launch the theatre season of plays and musicals for 2020 at the Community Arts Center in the heart of downtown Fulton along with a second performance stage for smaller plays and entertainment options. Based on a theme of “New Beginnings” the mainstage season will host 4 musicals and 2 plays, with classical drama and popular shows while the Black Box theatre space in the lower level will produce 3 smaller one act productions.

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Arts Center announces Programming Grants

CNY Arts Center is pleased to announce two fall grants received in support of educational programming in the new Community Arts Center located at 121 Cayuga St. in downtown Fulton. John Ben Snow Foundation recently awarded the nonprofit organization $7500 for youth programming and events in the 2019/2020 school year and through summer 2020. The Leadership Council of the Oswego County Community Foundation awarded $2000 to finance diverse programming in the Center.

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A Tale as Old As Time Comes To Arts Center Stage

After 5 months of rehearsing, more than 30 children, ages 6-18, will step onstage to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at the new Community Arts Center, 121 Cayuga St in downtown Fulton. The popular Disney musical will run May 10-19 with Friday and Saturday evening performances May 10, 11, 17, & 18 at 7pm and matinees at 2pm on Saturday, May 18 and Sundays, May 12 and 19.

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Be Our Guest Spaghetti Dinner to support Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

CNY Community Arts Center is setting the table for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to support the next stage production, Beauty and the Beast, Jr, set to open next month. The spaghetti dinner to be held Saturday, April 27 from 3-7 pm, at 1st United Church in Fulton, will support the high cost of royalties and costumes and more for the popular musical production.

The production runs May 10-19 in the new Community Arts Center in Fulton. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged to avoid missing the show which is projected to sell out. Visit the website for more information.

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JOHN, HIS STORY Comes Home to New Community Arts Center Stage

CNY Community Arts Center is excited to announce a run of JOHN, HIS STORY, for one weekend only, April 5-7 on the new stage at CNY Community Arts Center located at 121 Cayuga St. in downtown Fulton.  The 90 minute performance will run four show times including two matinees, Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7 at 3pm.

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Arts Center kicks off Music Series "Meet the Artist"


Tom, a Central New York native whose mother resides in Oswego, returns to the area after a distinguished career as a guitarist, composer, teacher, author, and recording artist. He has toured 26 states and parts of Canada and performed twice at the White House for Christmas VIP tours, in 1998 and 2002. His concerts often include the unique audience-participation improv, original music, and many familiar melodies. His live gigs also include basic blues seminars, and a variety of background music venues.

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Community Arts Center open for Little Women

CNY Arts Center is delighted to announce the new Community Arts Center theatre will be ready in time for the opening of Little Women, the Broadway Musical, set to run February 15 – 24. The Community Arts Center is located at 121 Cayuga St. in downtown Fulton.The production has been rehearsing in the much smaller Arts Hotspot on S. 1st St. around the corner from the new center.

Renovations of the former Herron’s Fabric store on Cayuga St. have been underway since last August and the main floor including the theatre, handicap accessible restrooms and lobby will be ready for public gathering by the time of opening. Lower level and mezzanine level will be closed to the public until additional renovations are completed, pending the Certificate of Occupancy.

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Local Bank Supports Community Arts Center

CNY Community Arts Center recognized a recent contribution from Pathfinder Bank with this etched glass panel, designed and completed by artist Leslie Paice, presented by Nancy Fox, Executive Director (L) to Deana Michaels Branch Manager (R) while bank employees looked on. The panel was presented in appreciation for a $25,000 donation to the renovation of the new Community Arts Center and will be displayed on the Donor Wall when the Center is completed. The Community Arts Center is located at 121-125 Cayuga St in downtown Fulton. For more information visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).

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Shineman Foundation Supports New Community Center

CNY Arts Center is pleased to announce they have received a grant totaling $110,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for Fulton’s first Community Arts Center. The grant will meet immediate needs for infrastructure improvements and upgrades to the former retail store located at 121-125 Cayuga St in the heart of downtown Fulton.

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