CNY Arts Decentralized Grant for Individual Artists 2018

I am pleased and overwhelmingly excited to announce that I have been awarded the CNY Arts Decentralized Grant for Individual Artists in Cortland County for a community mural project.  Here is an overview of the project: 

I am extremely interested and involved in the development of the Crown City Artworks Project, What if Cortland had an art walk, much like the Syracuse Connective Corridor. It would celebrate local and New York State visual artists to create site specific public works for the City of Cortland community.

I propose to begin with creating public art in the form of a mural on Central Ave that would serve as a pilot for creating such a program. I was approached by the owner of Long Island Bagel to paint a mural, and have been seeking funds to complete it. I was awarded the CNY Arts Decentralization Grant for Individual Artists $2,500. and I am seeking the remainder of the funds through Cortland DRI, sponsorships and public donations. The estimated cost is $11,700.

I would be the supervising artist and would have 2 interns from SUNY Cortland Art Department, 2 interns from TC3 Art Department, and 2-4 Cortland Jr./Sr. High school the goal being to give experience in creating public works for their community.

This is a rough digital sketch of my first idea, which can evolve and change with input and critique. The idea is to say Cortland without staying Cortland. Red dragon connects to SUNY Cortland, the tail pointing with one way traffic on Central Ave to draw attention and create flow. Seven pointed crown to represent the crown city and the seven valleys. Longitude and latitude coordinates of the city of Cortland.

First sketch for the proposed mural at Central Ave and Main Street, Cortland, New York.

First sketch for the proposed mural at Central Ave and Main Street, Cortland, New York.