Community Folk Art Center Presents: Fred Wesley in Concert


Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) is hosting a free music concert with the legendary Fred Wesley!

This event is part of the Community Folk Art Center’s series: Journey of Music Through the African Diaspora (JMAD) and is in collaboration with CNY Jazz

There will be a book signing to follow!



Snap & Taps Open Mic

It’s National Poetry Month and Snaps & Taps is back for all poets, singers and comedians on April 26. The open mic will be hosted by Symphonie and is free and open to the public.




The Community Folk Art Center Presents “Straddling Oceans” by Vanessa Johnson

The Community Folk Art Center ‘s current exhibition, “Straddling Oceans” is a retrospective of artwork by multifaceted artist, Vanessa Johnson (@brownsugarbutterfly) The exhibition will take you on a visual journey through the African Diaspora.

“I tell traditional tales from Africa, from African-American culture, and from the African Diaspora. My tales of Social Justice include the Voices of the Enslaved and of Abolitionists who fought against slavery in the United States.”

– Vanessa Johnson

Come learn more at Johnson’s artist talk on April 28, 2023 beginning @7pm with reception to follow.

Admission is free RSVP

Exhibition on view: March 20th – May26th

Celebration of Life: Jack White

On January 28th, the Community Folk Art Center lost  our beloved co-founder Jack White, and the world lost and amazing artist.

April 29th @4pm, there will be a celebration of Jack’s life, hosted by CFAC in Syracuse, NY

ALL who knew Jack are cordially invited to attend!



The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) is excited to present a conversation and film screening featuring co-director and producer, Dr. Thabiti Lewis and the pivotal film, “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” (2019) with a reception immediately to follow. Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6pm – 8pm (EDT). This event is free, Click on the link to RSVP:

“FLY” a play presented by Joseph Edwards


Fly is a one-man dramatic comedy about an African American man, who believes he will receive the power to fly on the night of a special celestial event that will send transforming energy to planet Earth. As he prepares for this special event on a Brooklyn rooftop, he shares the comic, dramatic, and tragic experiences that have pushed him to the edge of reality. Fly trumpets the social justice, spiritual, and political challenges of what it means to be conscious and Black in America.

March 30th, 2023 @7:00pm

March 31st, 2023 @7:00pm

April 1st, 2023 @2:00pm & 7:00pm


For group rates, please call 315.442.2230


Active Repair: Works from the Social Justice Sewing Academy


Time: Jan. 28, 2023, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St.

The School of Information invites participants to create your own social justice quilt block, in a day-long workshop (with lunch break) led by Social Justice Sewing Academy instructors. No prior experience required! Draw inspiration from the “Active Repair” exhibit on display through February 17.

This Syracuse Symposium event is organized by the School of Information Studies.

Space is limited! Please RSVP to Rachel Ivy Clarke by Jan. 18, and include any accessibility accommodation requests.