“People, Please.” By Anthony “T0NEWASH” Washington

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On view from June 21st – August 17th, 2024

The Community Folk Art Center presents “People, Please.”, a solo exhibition of 30 mixed media and photography pieces from Syracuse-based artist, Anthony Washington. This dynamic exhibition offers a unique narrative through the coming of age of a neurodivergent black man experiencing life as an artist in white suburbia. “I was recently diagnosed with severe ADHD at age 35. This gave me an entirely new perspective on my struggles during childhood, and as a young adult” says Anthony. As a black neurodivergent artist, hip hop music, particularly elements of sampling, jazz, soul, and graffiti have shaped Washington’s identity as a black man. Throughout his upbringing, he silently found blackness in a whitewashed community through hip-hop and protected himself through his headphones, locs, camera, sketchbook, and cans of spray paint. The places he called “home” as a young adult were ultimately just environments of chaos where he stored his belongings.  “There is a unique expectation that applies to being raised in an environment where the color of your skin poses a threat to the status quo. “My objective is to encourage young black men like me to express themselves freely without stigmatization and find their voices wherever they exist.” Says artist, AnthonyWashington. This exhibition will be on view in The Herbert T., Williams Gallery at the Community Folk Art Center, located at 805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse New York, 13210. The works will be on view from June 21st 22nd – August 17th, 2024, with a gallery talk with Washington on July 11th. All events are free and open to the public.

 About the Artist: Anthony Washington is a multi-faceted artist from Syracuse, NY. Anthony creates visual music through his drawings, paintings, photography and street art. Using a wide range of materials he finds in his environment, Anthony pieces together a narrative of his experience as a neurodivergent black man growing up in the predominantly white landscape.

Summer Expressions Art Classes

Summer art Classes at The Community Folk Art Center at Syracuse University. Image of female figure by Kimberly Archer

Great news! A new summer art workshop is coming to the Community Folk Art Center.  Join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (July 9th – August 1st) to discover the elements of drawing, color theory, mixed media arts and more. Enroll today for all eight sessions and get ready to unleash your creativity. Individual courses are $10.00 per session. All supplies and materials are included.

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We’re Hiring : Office Coordinator

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Join our team at The Community Folk Art Center!  We are currently hiring for an Office Coordinator.

About the Role : The Office Coordinator serves as the initial departmental representative to incoming constituencies, and handles a variety of tasks providing operational support and general assistance. The Office Coordinator is present in the office to provide services to campus constituents.

Reporting to the Community Folk Art Center’s (CFAC) Administrative Specialist, the Office Coordinator’s duties include, but are not limited to performing administrative duties and secretarial support for CFAC. This position will manage the front desk operations and assist with the supervision of student workers. The Office Coordinator will purchase office supplies and resources in support of programs and events. The position is responsible for answering the phone, managing the office calendar, responding to office emails, managing walk-in traffic, and scheduling tours in the Center. This position has significant student and staff interaction and a high level of multitasking is required in a fast-paced work environment.

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Dance & STEM Pop Up

Get ready for the STEM from Dance Pop Up. Join us at The Community Folk Art Center on Saturday, June 29th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM for a one-day educational program for girls ages 8-18.  During a day filled with music and learning, students will complete rotational activities that will show them the wonders and possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and math! If you are interested please submit the interest form below.

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Job Opportunity : Girls Rise Up STEM Facilitator

Job opportunity Community Folk Art Center

Location: Community Folk Art Center -805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York

Dates: July 8th – 26th | Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

To Apply Contact Cedric T. Bolton at

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ABOUT THE ROLE :  As a STEM Instructor, you will boldly lead girls in our 3-week immersive summer program, Girls Rise Up. While your main task is to teach STEM skills, you also help build the confidence and thinking skills of our girls with the end goal of preparing them for a future in STEM. You will facilitate learning about computer science, how it integrates with dance, and how students can bring their very own ideas to life. You will become a trusted advisor and role model to our girls, with the belief that all girls have the ability to succeed in STEM. Girls Rise Up is a STEM-based program where girls of color learn to code, dance, and discover their STEM potential.


  • Teach STEM curricular lessons designed by STEM From Dance – topics are mainly computer science and engineering design – and facilitate the creation of student-led projects.
  • Follow and execute the day-to-day curriculum and schedule provided by STEM From Dance.
  • Manage, assess, and adapt instruction based on student’s progress and proficiency in hard and soft computer science skills.
  • Co-lead, with a dance instructor, a cohort of 15-25 girls, and cultivate a collaborative, engaging and empowering community and learning environment.
  • Assist in preparing students for the Girls Rise Up Showcase and Ensemble
  • Support general Girls Rise Up operations and logistics.
  • Attend team meetings and trainings as required both before and during programming.


  • Passion for and demonstrated interest in the STEM From Dance mission
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including being self-directed and entrepreneurial
  • Ability to build meaningful relationships with girls of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to think big, generate ideas, and implement solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to be consistent, timely, and meet deadlines with focus, initiative, and drive
  • Maintain a positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations


  • Educational background in or work experience with computer programming is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and maturity in managing a classroom of 15-25 students preferred.
  • Previous experience teaching computer science or a related subject preferred.
  • Experience teaching in an academically diverse and culturally responsive classroom community is preferred.
  • Experience being the “other” in a majority setting is preferred.


  • The pay rate is to be determined based on qualifications.

Creative Arts Academy End Of Year Showcase

Join us for the Creative Arts Academy End Of Year Showcase to celebrate our talented students’ achievements! 


Tuesday, June 11th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Gallery


The 52nd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony

The Syracuse, NY Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in collaboration with the Community Folk Art Center Presents – The 52nd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony! Get ready to celebrate the creativity and talent of teenage artists from all over the region. Join us on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM for an in-person day filled with amazing artwork, exciting awards, and creative inspiration. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 1st 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center Gallery



Poetic Black Fusion Writers Workshop

Connect with your community through a hands-on writing workshop. Join Cedric T. Bolon and Kofi Antwi on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 PM for Poetic Black Fusion writer’s workshop! Poetic Black Fusion is a writers’ workshop that provides access and opportunities to poets of the African diaspora living in Central New York. This program is a social outlet for community members to develop as writers, and express themselves from the page to the stage. This event is free and open to the community.

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Snaps & Taps At CFAC Open Mic Night

Three images of Event Headliner Randum The Poet. Disco Ball in background.


Join us on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM for a night of music, poetry, and good vibes hosted by Randum with music by DJ ShyGuy. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just looking to have some fun, our open mic night is the perfect place to showcase your talents. Come meet new friends, and enjoy the talents of our local community.




JMAD Anita Baker VS Toni Braxton Tribute Concert Performed by Ariel Bryant

A Journey Through The Music of The African Diaspora is back by popular demand! Join us at the Community Folk Art Center for A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora (JMAD). Enjoy a night of live performances by Ariel Bryant, as we pay tribute to music trailblazers, Anita Baker and Toni Braxton.  Don’t miss out on this evening of incredible music! Get your tickets today and be a part of this R&B showdown. General Admission is $25.00, doors open at 6:30 PM.

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Image of Ariel Bryant, Toni Braxton, and Anita Baker