covid 19 arts

Symphoria is trying to give Central New Yorkers some semblance of holiday tradition by providing virtual Holiday Pops Concerts starting Friday evening.

Syracuse Stage is making some adjustments to its lineup and going all online for the coming season in an effort to provide more community focused programming during the ongoing pandemic.  Artistic director Bob Hupp says technicians, craftsmen, and artists are ready to put together and record full productions for a digital audience. 

Schumer Calls for Federal Relief for Local Theaters During Westcott Visit

Sep 8, 2020
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The future of live event venues in Central New York is uncertain at best as limits on gatherings continue to keep them from fully reopening.  Sen. Chuck Schumer says there’s bipartisan support to include $10 billion in the next COVID-19 relief bill for music and theater venues. 

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Like almost any other industry, the arts took a serious hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Central New York arts sector projects $15 million in losses by September.  CNY Arts Executive Director Stephen Butler says local theaters, museums and galleries are at a disadvantage in the race to reopen.


Theaters, museums, and art galleries in Central New York will be among the last to reopen if the region is able to safely enter phase four of reopening late next week.  That includes the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, which had to put its popular “Both ends of the Rainbow” exhibit online due to the pandemic.

Syracuse Stage is presenting a new take on the 2,500 year-old Greek tragedy “Medea” as part of it “Cold Read Festival of New Plays.”  Theaters are not open yet, so the reading will be made available online for free through this weekend.  

Auburn Public Theater

We're wrapping up week seven of the COVID-19 shutdown, and we’re once again checking in with some of Central New York’s arts and culture venues to see how they’re coping.  WAER News caught up with Auburn Public Theater and found out they’re offering virtual programs four times a week.