|Why We Do That Thing We Do
Connective Corridor Engagement Scholar Quinton Fletchall with ‘Cusecapes winner Ted Rysz SU ’13
The last few issues of the CC newsletter have focused on the big picture: the importance of public infrastructure as an economic driver and a tool for community revitalization. All good, but there are granular reasons, too, and they are the stories of individual people. Cities are physical constructs, but more than anything, they are the expressions of people working, living and interacting together. The reason we build “connective corridors” is not just to connect streets. It is to connect people.
To us, it’s especially important to connect with the amazing talent that comes to Syracuse from across the country and around the world. Since the Corridor project started, we’ve interacted with more than 1,000 university students who have been part of the project through research or special initiatives, working alongside multi-disciplinary faculty from such wide-ranging SU programs as the iSchool, Maxwell, VPA, Whitman, Newhouse, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education and Engineering, as well as others. Through this engagement, many have forged meaningful connections with the local community as they “put praxis into practice” – an important part of their student experience. They’ve been part of helping make change, and in that process, many have decided to stay and make lives, careers and families in the upstate region. Others have gone on to communities around the world, and taken the tools they’ve honed through student-community engagement to enrich those places as well. We’re proud of that. And we’re proud of them.
So, this week, as SU celebrates its special 144th birthday and SU Philanthropy Week, let’s start with one good story that illustrates “why we do that thing we do” with that thing we call the Connective Corridor.
Combining urban planning, social design and civic change on the Corridor: Engagement Scholar Quinton Fletchall
Photo credit: Steve Satori, Syracuse University
Graduate student Quinton Fletchall loves narrative. He particularly loves the narrative of urban planning and social design. He sees cities as stories that people tell through the lens of hope, fear and dreams for the future. He also sees those stories as the foundation for how change happens over time, based on what people believe, design and build. He collects stories that reflect how people feel about the places they live. Now, he’s writing his own Syracuse stories, as he’s helping design the city he’s come to call home.
Since coming to SU in 2008 from the Midwest, Fletchall has earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial design through the College of Visual and Performing Arts (2013) and started a graduate degree program in communication and rhetorical studies. As an Imagining America engagement scholar in SU’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, he has used his expertise in design and love of working with people to launch civic engagement projects along the Connective Corridor that have gained notice as some of Syracuse’s first crowd-sourced public art and social design projects.
Fletchall has made the Connective Corridor bus easier and more enjoyable for students by designing a user guide, maps and on-board wayfinding signage, as well as rotating gallery shows on buses. He’s created wayfinding systems to help students explore downtown and plotted out historical walking and urban adventure trails to introduce SU students to the city he loves. His latest project will be unveiled in early April, “In Syracuse…,” an interactive window art project at the Landmark Theater along Jefferson Street that invites pedestrians to share personal experiences about what they enjoy and what they’d like to see change in the city. Fletchall’ s next project will pay homage to Syracuse’s rich history and invite ideas for its future through a Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor funded grant to create an interactive public art mural highlighting the Erie Canal and other civic projects that showcase innovation, civic infrastructure and creative placemaking in Syracuse. The mural will be installed this summer along the Onondaga Creekwalk adjacent to Armory Square. The Erie Canal Museum and the City of Syracuse are project collaborators, along with the Connective Corridor.
Read Quinton’s story here. It will make you proud of young people who see Syracuse with fresh eyes and are creating a new conversation about its future. It’s a story of possibilities.
See Quinton talk about his projects here.
“In Syracuse …” Quinton's next project with Syracuse Guru Mike Rotella SU '11, goes up this week on the windows of the Landmark along Jefferson Street. Check it out and follow it on Twitter @inSyrproject
The last in the #DearSyracuseWithLove series is up now on the CC billboard at the gateway to Armory Square at the intersection of West Fayette and West Street, featuring a quote by Syracuse Guru Mike Rotella SU'11. Read and see submissions at dsywl.tumblr.com
And in construction news …
City drainage work continued this week along West Fayette Street between West Street and Clinton. National Grid gas and electric work is following starting next week. National Grid work is unrelated to the Connective Corridor, but is being scheduled concurrently to minimize disruption. The National Grid work will be taking place closer to the center line of the street, so use extra caution driving. It is our understanding this National Grid work will take about three weeks. Some of that work will involve construction in the Clinton Street intersection. One-way, one-lane street traffic (with lane shifts) is expected to be maintained, along with all sidewalks, business entrances, garages and parking lots where safe operation from the immediate construction area is permissible. Work will be lifted at the end of each day and there will be no weekend work. CC street reconstruction will commence after archeology approval, which is expected later in April. Starting next week, also expect to see city drainage work on East Fayette Street from Salina to Warren and Montgomery Streets. The following week that city drainage work moves along East Fayette Street from Montgomery to State to Townsend to McBride Streets. Again, this will involve one-way, one-lane traffic with lane shifts. Watch for street signs and flaggers to help direct traffic at intersections and crosswalks.
Once city drainage and National Grid work is done, contractors can begin street reconstruction. Next week, city drainage work will move to the 400 block of West Fayette, and the following week drainage work will move to the 500 block. There are no planned service disruptions, but if so, the city or National Grid will communicate directly with businesses, as is their responsibility.
Corridor Profile: Meet Sandy Lewis, Connective Corridor Office Engineer and Senior Inspector
It's a pleasure to welcome Sandy Lewis back to the Connective Corridor phases two and three. She was so professional and delightful to work with through phase one, and was a key member of the team that completed University Avenue and East Genesee Street CC work. This is her sixth city job, and Sandy notes that it is by far the most interesting and challenging since it involves going through the center of a metro street, along with complex planning to align pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic. And, it requires a close focus on area business needs from a client-service perspective (which Sandy does so well, and always with a smile). "It's far more than just a construction project. It's really an interesting logistics challenge, as well."
Sandy joined B&L after gaining experience at the New York State Department of Transportation and other engineering consultants, working on major projects in the Rochester and Syracuse area. She's taken on increased responsibilities for inspection projects since joining B&L, and is an integral member of the CC construction management team. She brings particular expertise to big jobs. In her portfolio are major projects along the NYS Thurway, Interstate 81, the Canalway Trail System and many state highways. And she is familiar with working in the urban core. She was resident engineer for the Temple Street bridge reconstruction over Onondaga Creek, with sole responsibility for contract administration and inspection during that project. Sandy is a real pro, and we're delighted to be working with her again. Plus, she's another proud upstater, with degrees in architectural technology from SUNY Alfred and in environmental design from SUNY Buffalo, with a long list of professional registrations.
If you see Sandy out in the field, say, "Thanks for a great job!"
NYS DOT I-690 / West Street commuter alert
For commuters coming downtown from West Street: You may have noticed NYS DOT’s flashing message board notices about the upcoming West Street ramp closure. West Street ramps from I-690 westbound and Butternut St. and Franklin St. will be closed from April 7 until late May for I-690 bridge deck and joint repairs. Keep this in mind as you plan your route to work.
Planning for Green Streets and Local Eats Day: April 21
Green Street and Local Eats Planning Team
Get out your green walking shoes! April 21 is Green Streets and Local Eats -- A Connective Corridor event with 40 Below and 40 Below PATF, Save the Rain and Syracuse CoE, Syracuse CVB, Downtown Committee, Healthy Monday, SU Department of Recreation Services, SU Sustainability, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion/Monday Mile, Synapse and other community partners. Plus, our friends at 40 Below are lining up another fantastic Food Truck event (so you have an extra reason to walk it out.)
Would you like to participate? Contact us here.
Bring your sneakers to work, celebrate a healthy sustainable Monday and the beginning of Earth Week by getting out from noon to 2 p.m. and walking, biking, sampling local food and celebrating the best of all things local along the Corridor, while enjoying your city after a VERY LONG winter. Join a free dance class, or yoga session in the park. Come to an outdoor concert / sing-along. Sample faire from local food trucks. Take a green infrastructure or historic walking tour. Activate the Corridor. Enjoy lunch time outdoors with co-workers. Meet your neighbors. Watch for more details in the next newsletter. Syracuse is one of a handful of communities in the country with real green streets. Let's celebrate, and get out and enjoy them to launch Earth Week. Watch for more details!
Around the 'Cuse
It’s a number of lore and legend. And it was a birthday party this week in Syracuse and around the globe. Have a virtual party here:
Read the big birthday card at http://celebratesu.syr.edu/card
SU Philanthropy Week
How do you define philanthropy?
This week, SU is asking students: “How will you leave your mark? Is it paying it forward? Giving back? Making a difference? Investing in the future? Making a contribution? However you define it, philanthropy is a force for good. It helps solve some of our greatest problems and opens doors of opportunity for people all around the world. For five days in the spring of 2014, from March 31 through April 4, Syracuse University will celebrate the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events.”
Read more about it here:
Student Barter Day on the Corridor
IF YOU NEED IT: SOMEONE HAS IT. IF YOU HAVE IT: SOMEONE NEEDS IT.
BARTERING ALONG THE CONNECTIVE CORRIDOR
April 5, 2014 at 601 Tully from 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Anda French, Assistant Professor SU School of Architecture and Gabriel Mugar, Doctoral Candidate, Syracuse University, Information Science and Technology @gmugar
Anda French was the architect who designed 601 Tully. Gabe Mugar is the founder of Campus Neighbor, a SU student startup that launched out of the Sandbox. They are partners -- professionally and personally, married and both interested in how art and technology can be used to create social capital and create community. Now they are teaming up as part of CampusNeighbor + 601 Tully to launch the first ever Barter Day, an event that brings residents from the Near Westside together to barter with students from Syracuse University. Bartering is trading real skills, goods, knowledge or experiences without having to exchange money. It keeps energy and economies local.
To be part of Barter Day, go to CampusNeighbor.org. Sign up for an account and let us know what skills you have and what needs you are looking to fulfill (the site has many suggestions of things you might not even realize you have). The website does the rest, matching you up to students that need what you have, or letting students know how they can help you with your needs. From there, the system will help you set up the terms of your barter to take place. Or visit www.campusneighbor.org
You can also visit 601 Tully to see "Getting to Know You," a group art show featuring CampusNeighor and other artists through April 24, with special events throughout the run.
Background on CampusNeighbor: Gabe Mugar had the initial idea in 2010 and built the software in 2012 at the same time we received a spot to incubate in the Student Sandbox, and launched with a great deal of mentoring from the SU and local community. "CampusNeighbor creates a different model for community engagement," notes Mugar. "People give and receive through bartering." The idea for creating matches through a bartering system that involved negotiation came from Ph.D. classes Mugar took which prompted him to explore developing a self-guided system. "The inspiration was to create an asset-based community development, and the design goal was create a guided process that would create a skills inventory and help negotiate needs-based matches." Mugar worked with Dave DiMaggio at SU's CASE Center as well as colleagues to develop the first version of the platform. The goal was to bridge the campus - community divide. "The match is always student to resident," he notes, "not student to student or resident to resident." Or, as we like to say: It's about making connections.
Looking for something to do this weekend? May we suggest?
Read Guru's Weekend Guide here -- http://syracuseguru.com/category/the-weekend-guide/
NOexcuses Tours and the Syracuse New Times have teamed up for a special project that is worth exploring. #takeatour is cool facts and tidbits about Syracuse with hosts Michael John Heagerty and Christi Smith featuring behind-the-scenes insights on Syracuse culture and history, people and places to explore. (And, like the CC newsletter, it comes out every Friday!) Today’s segment is a fascinating look at interesting and iconic walls
#takeatour 03/28/14 – #WALLS
Special events on the Corridor
Diavolo at the Landmark
The high-energy and visually stunning Diavolo Dance Theater, presented by Syracuse University Arts Engage, will return to Syracuse to perform its new work, “Fluid Infinities,” co-commissioned by SU Arts Engage, on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater in downtown Syracuse.
Tickets are available at the Landmark Box Office, 362 S. Salina St, (315) 475-7980, or through SU Arts Engage at SU Arts Engage at (315) 443-0296 or email@example.com Prices are as follows: $35 Adults, $15 Non-SU, Children and Senior Citizens, $10 SU Students, Faculty and Staff. *BOGO* Buy One Adult, Get One Child Free!
Monk at the Cathedral
Also, join SU Arts Engage Saturday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral for Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble: The Soul's Messenger. For this performance Monk will be joined by Bohdan Hilash, Allison Sniffin and Katie Geissinger. Tickets can be purchased at the door with reservations made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and students, and free for children under 12 and senior citizens. If you attend the Diavolo performance the previous evening bring your Diavolo ticket for 50% off your ticket!
TAP Into the MOST
The 10th annual TAP into the MOST (Museum of Science and Technology), Saturday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., brings together dozens of beers, as well as wine and hard cider, paired with food from fabulous local restaurants and music from Alibi and The Baby Boomers Band. It’s one of downtown’s most festive events. Proceeds from TAP fund the MOST's outreach and education programs, which gives local students the background they need for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For more info or tickets: most.org or 315-473-4444. Cost is $55 in advance, $60 at the door; $80 advance VIP; $85 VIP at the door.
Meet Anne Hamilton
Anne Hamilton’s world premiere of "table of contents" is coming up Tuesday, April 8 at the Everson Museum and Everson Museum Plaza. It’s an Urban Video Project at the Everson with the Connective Corridor. Join us for an artist talk and reception at 6:30 p.m.
When composer, David Lang, wrote the score for his notoriously difficult piece, "Table of Contents", he envisioned a nearly impossible synchronization of two percussionists. After seeing a performance in 2011, multimedia artist, Ann Hamilton imagined attaching an array of low-resolution mini surveillance cameras to the hands of the percussionists and instruments. In the resulting piece, Hamilton's "table of contents,” the cameras occupy the gap between hearing and seeing. The edit generates a counterrhythm -- a back-and-forth that brings us intimately into "impossible" virtuosity. The exhibit will play from dusk to 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from April 10 until May 31. Learn more at urbanvideoproject.com, everson.org or 315-474-6064.
Around the Corridor
March 30, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Redhouse: A Benefit Music Concert featuring Folkstrings, John Lessels of Subcat Recording, Amanda Rogers, Sara Malavenda, Chris Bousquet
$10 General Admission. And don’t miss ROCKIN' THE REDHOUSE, a corporate battle of the bands to benefit the Redhouse at the beautiful Landmark Theatre, April 25. Call 315-362-2785 for a ticket, or see a participating band member at the terrific local organizations that are sending bands.
April 2 through April 27: The Glass Menagerie at Syracuse Stage. Enjoy the Tennessee Wiliams classic directed by Timothy Bond. Drawn from Williams' life, the play explores the illusory nature of dreams and the fragility of hope. Tickets on sale now. 315-443-9844 or www.syracusestage.org Also coming up at Syracuse Stage, "Poetry and a Play," Saturday, April 26. Next at SU Drama, "Spring Awakening," April 25 through May 10.
To Hamlet or Not to Hamlet? You decide. At The Redhouse through April 5. This might help make your decision: It’s on a list of the top 5 shows this week in all of New York State. And, it ranks above two NYC shows on the same list. Hamlet is taking New York by storm (the only kind of storm we want to see at this point in the season) so you'd better get your tickets. Only 8 shows left! http://www.theredhouse.org/ or 315-362-2785.
April 2: I-81 Speaker Series Presents Virginia Greiman @ The Carrier Theater, Onondaga County Civic Center. Professor Virginia Greiman was the former Director of Risk Management for Boston's Big Dig Project. She is the author of Mega Project Management. Doors open at 7 p.m., with presentation at 7:30 p.m.
April 8: The Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse. Among the guest speakers are Jessica Herrin , CEO and founder of stella & dot; Melinda Emerson, CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, known as SmallBizLady, America’s #1 small business expert; and Entrepreneur magazine editor-in-chief Amy Cosper. An all-inclusive, all-day ticket is $99. To register, visit https://wisesymposium.eventbrite.com./ Read more here: http://news.syr.edu/12th-annual-wise-symposium-to-feature-expert-women-keynote-speakers-44440/.
April 24: "Nice to Meet You," closing reception featuring a film screen and talkback with local indie filmakers extraordinaire Sarah Sellman and Greg Grano of American Bear Productions, at 601 Tully from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. American Bear is a feature documentary film about exploring American culture through the kindness of strangers, acts of kindness and will be released nationally later this year. The April 24 event will feature "The Friendliest Town in Idaho."
Metamorphoses at The Red House starting May 1. The Red House is building a pool on stage. Yes, a real pool. Weird unsubstantiated rumors about an open swim before the shows. Actually, let's be honest, it'll still be snowing come May 1. Regardless, you'll want to see this pool in action, so get your tickets now for the best seats. Show info: May 1 @ 8pm - $15 Preview; May 2 @ 8pm – Opening; May 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 @ 8pm; May 14, 15, 16 @ 8 pm; May 17 @ 2pm & 8pm. http://www.theredhouse.org/ or 315-362-2785.
May 14, Believe in Syracuse and the Connective Corridor present “Syracuse Rising: What’s next?” 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Warehouse/Fourth Floor Reception & Conference Suite, 350 West Fayette Street.
It’s easy to see and feel the momentum. Businesses are launching, investment is happening, buildings are being transformed, the arts and cultural scene is getting buzz, and people are moving back. All around us, belief is catalyzing action. Are we at the tipping point? We think so. The dots are connecting and Syracuse is rising. Please join Believe in Syracuse, the Syracuse Connective Corridor and friends to learn about it. Get engaged in a group discussion with folks who are making it happen. Start a dialogue about what’s next. Together, let’s capitalize on momentum, build broader civic engagement, and tell the story that Syracuse is a great place to live work and invest. Learn more about the opportunities around us -- from a truly special vantage point, the SU Warehouse, with a floor to ceiling glass bird’s eye view in Armory Square, overlooking it all. Join an amazing discussion with county, city and local civic leaders, mingle and network overlooking the city, and then head out for dinner or fun in Armory Square. Learn more and register at: http://www.believeinsyracuse.org/