Four Ways We're Improving the Quality of Life in, and revitalizing, the Greater Syracuse area:
1) Community & Caring Initiative 2) Book Swaps 3) Public Mural Project & 4) Creativity Crates
OUR MISSION: To promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area.
Believe in Syracuse has worked on many projects over the years in pursuit of its Mission. Below are current and ongoing projects that are improving the quality of life in our community and revitalizing it. If you see something you like, join us! click here to donate or become a member! Should you have interest in joining a committee that is working on these projects, click here!
Believe in Syracuse's Community Service Committee started the Community Caring Initiative. Through this initiative, the Committee strives to collect and donate essential items to the residents of Syracuse. It helps to improve the quality of life for Greater Syracuse residents.
Goal: To hold a minimum of 4 donation drives per year. Each quarter we assist a local beneficiary in attaining goods to support their efforts to promote an increased quality of life for Syracuse’s inhabitants.
Summer 2017: The Committee held a book drive and collected about 2,500 books to donate to children in the community. This initiative helped support summer literacy in the Greater Syracuse community.
Fall 2017: The Committee collected feminine hygiene products for underprivileged women. This drive helped to benefit organizations including Hope Print, Samaritan Center, CanTeen of Central New York, and Vera House.
Winter 2018: The Committee collected winter clothing items such as hats, gloves, hand/foot warmers, new socks and scarves to help Syracuse's homeless population.
Spring 2018: The Committee is holding a school supplies replenishment drive for Danforth Middle School! We're collecting school items such as Markers, Crayons, Tissues & Hand Sanitizers to help see teachers and children at Danforth get through the last portion of the school year.
The BIS Book Swap is a simple idea (leave a book, take a book) that brings books to our local neighborhoods in need. Believe in Syracuse partnered with Eastwood Rotary, Historic Hawley Green, and Northeast Hawley Development Association to bring our first book swap to the Hawley Green community in 2017. With Salt Makerspace manufacturing the library, our neighborhoods will have greater accessibility to books. The goal is to build one maintainable structure in a new area annually.
Mission: To provide on-going, sustainable, access to reading materials to Greater Syracuse neighborhoods in need.
Goal: To reinforce a sense of community in neighborhoods by providing an opportunity or the local community to contribute to their neighborhoods' literacy development.
Believe in Syracuse is commissioning a mural to be located on the downtown facing side of 1022 W. Fayette St. Syracuse, NY. The total project budget is up to $20,000. Believe in Syracuse Arts Committee will select the artist to paint the mural through a competitive bid process. Interested artists submitted their RFPs to us in March 2018. The goal of the mural is to spread the message that we have faith in Syracuse and its people. Another goal is for the mural to increase the emotional connection residents feel for the city by celebrating it and conjuring a sense of pride within those who view the artwork. The Arts Committee - comprised of BIS board members, area professionals and members of the arts community (not bidding) - will evaluate each artist's RFP application portfolio and choose a winner. BIS the winner here on our website, through social media and local media outlets. This is expected in late April or early May.
Goals: Increase the emotional connection of Syracuse's residents & Beautify a section of our City
Deadline for submissions ended in March.
The Believe In Syracuse Creativity Crates is an initiative to provide artists in need with the opportunity to create a compelling 2-dimensional piece of art. The artist candidates should be between the ages of 16-29 years of age and from the Central New York area. Believe In Syracuse will be providing the artists with supplies they may not necessarily have access to otherwise. The artists will be selected through an endorsement/nomination process. The Believe In Syracuse Art committee will review each submission and select our ten (10) Creativity Crate recipients. Upon completion of the piece of art, each artist will submit the work created with the supplies from the Creativity Crates, to the committee.
2018: We hosted an art exhibition in collaboration with the Everson Museum of Art on February 17, 2018 during which each piece of art was sold via live auction. The proceeds were divided evenly between the artists and the Everson Museum of Art as a charitable donation.
Goal: To inspire creativity in young adult artists in the CNY area who may struggle with opportunities to do so simply because they lack art supplies. This initiative provides artists with an opportunity to have their art showcased & auctioned at one of our major museums, the Everson Museum of Art.
Later in 2018 BIS will announce the timing when it will accept the next round of artist endorsements/nominations!
Are you in? Do you want to support us in making Syracuse a more positive place?
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