Syracuse Receives $25,000 Grant for Asphalt Artwork City of Syracuse Receives $25,000 Grant for Asphalt Artwork

Syracuse, N.Y.  (NCC News) — Syracuse will soon be getting some new artwork in front of city hall. The city received a $25,000 grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative.

The mural will be part of a plan to turn the small parking lot in front of city hall into a community space.

Eric Ennis, Syracuse’s Director of Business Development, said the space can be used for more community engagement events.

“We do several flag raisings throughout the year,”  Ennis said. “There were several demonstrations and protests, so we know it’s an important area for the community.”

Syracuse City Hall
The site of the asphalt artwork in front of city hall.
© 2021 Thomas Cook

The project will consist of painting the asphalt while also putting planters to make the area more attractive to city residents.

Art consultant Laura Thorne said the opportunity for new art in the city is important. She said it is a great opportunity for local artists to work on the project.

“When you use local artists you’re telling those people that we value you enough to pay you and promote it,” Thorne said.

Ennis said the city will look to get input from the community over the next few months and then hopes to have the project in progress by the middle of next year.

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