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CNY Jazz receives a grant for continued improvements

Jazz Central on East Washington Street, Syracuse, New York. April 11, 2022.
Maxwell Mimaroglu
The exterior of Jazz Central located on East Washington Street in Syracuse, April 11, 2022.

CNY Jazz Central in Syracuse earned a $50,000 grant to renovate its aging building and update its technology. Executive Director Larry Luttinger said the funds will help improve the group’s lighting, video equipment and streaming capabilities, as well as boost its youth program.

"This is the second and final capital phase for our foundation for the future, which is the buildup of a creativity classroom network and other human service agencies throughout Central New York."

CNY Jazz Central will also place faculty in three Syracuse schools to expand its music instruction. Luttinger said the program’s 100% graduation rate shows that students are eager for opportunities to better connect with the arts.

"It's a fantastic interpersonal process, and there's no more powerful tool to bring all of these elements together and help young people socialize and self-realize their personalities than immersion in the arts."

Performances will be held this summer for all of Central New York, including a strolling-style performance through downtown Syracuse for arts week.

"Not only musicians, but dancers, actors and even a magician we brought up from New York just strolling around, walking up to sidewalk tables and doing their thing. All kinds of music, as well, it's not just a jazz festival."

Luttinger hopes that the renovations funded by the grant will be completed by Labor Day.