SALTQuarters aims to generate a creative hub for artistic endeavors that engage with the Near Westside community. SALTQuarters houses an Artist-in-Residence program which aims to create public artwork within the Near Westside neighborhood as well as a flexible gallery space, host to varied types of events related to the arts.
In 2013 the Near Westside Initiative (NWSI), a not for profit with the mission of revitalizing the Near Westside of Syracuse, was funded by ArtPlace, a national foundation focused on Creative Placemaking, to transform a once vacant restaurant/bar into a hub for artists and creative individuals. In that year, the building was been transformed into SALTQuarters, a 4,000 square foot building, with two apartments, three art studios, and a gallery space. The building is located at the corner of the Otisco and Wyoming streets, a critical intersection in the neighborhood where residential meets commercial. In addition to the building, SALTQuarters has a large area of green space to be used for events, exhibitions, and large fabrication.
SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence Program
The goal of SALTQuarters is to generate a creative hub for artistic endeavors that engage with the Near Westside community. Thus, the SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence program, aims to create public artwork within the Near Westside neighborhood.
The NWSI is seeking artists with a particular interest in community-based artwork (broadly defined) for the SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence program. Specifically, the NWSI will give preference to artists with an interest in:
- Being immersed and involved with the surrounding community for the duration of the residency
- Creating work in conjunction with local community members and other artists and arts organizations;
- Creating work and installations that can be viewed by the general public whether through open studio hours, public art installations, or periodic gallery installations
The SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence program begins July 1, and will be a yearlong residency for a local artist. Local will be defined as any artist living/working in the Central New York region. The local artist will be selected by the NWSI and given a $15,000 materials budget.
601 Tully Artist Residency in Partnership with SALTQuarters
601 Tully and SALTQuarters have partnered to form a residency for a national artist, that fulfills the goals of both entities in community engaged art practices. The selected local artist will live with a national artist selected by 601 Tully’s Center for Engaged Art and Research for a 6-month residency.
The Center for Engaged Art and Research supports the interdisciplinary scholarship in art, architecture, ecology, entrepreneurship, and education. CEARCH is housed at 601 Tully Street on the Near West Side of Syracuse and is an affiliate of Syracuse University. CEARCH provides international artist residencies that engage the neighborhood and/or use the building as a catalyst for creating new work. The 601 Tully Street Project is committed to the coproduction of new culture.
The two artists will be asked to share an apartment and share an arts studio (free of charge). The apartment, roughly 1000 sq ft, has two-bedrooms, a spacious kitchen/living room area, a washer and dryer, and other general amenities. The art studio is roughly 500 square feet with ample natural light, power, and access to water, etc.
The NWSI and 601 Tully will assist the selected artists in integrating with the community and building the connections between themselves and the residents, organizations, artists, and others in the Near Westside community. For example:
- Neighborhood orientation upon arrival to SALTQuarters.
- The NWSI and 601 Tully’s connection with Syracuse University will allow for SALTQuarters artists to make use of some of the Universities resources, i.e. facilities, equipment and events.
- Resource guide for community and arts related services, materials and facilities in the area.
- Quarterly artists mixers co-hosted with the SALTQuarters Artists in Residence.
Artists who successfully submit a full application will be notified of our selection by the middle of April 2014 regarding this exciting opportunity. In some cases, artists may be asked to clarify or provide additional information. Additionally, the selection committee may request an interview with final candidates. This will either be done in person, or if unable due to distance or cost, may be done via Skype.
Overview of the Near Westside Initiative and the SALT District
The Near Westside Initiative (NWSI), a 501c3 not for profit organization, was formed in 2006 to combine the power of art, technology and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize Syracuse, New York’s Near Westside. To do so, the SALT District (Syracuse, Art, Literacy, and Technology) was established as a place where diverse cultures converge and thrive as they partner to revitalize a once thriving neighborhood that has experienced several decades of decline and disinvestment. Today, fueled by interdisciplinary scholarship, international connections, and the seed capital and commitment of Syracuse University and sustained by the residents, businesses, foundations, and the local government of Syracuse, the SALT District is quickly becoming a bourgeoning community, with the arts acting as the main catalyst.
After six years of work, the NWSI has made significant strides in bringing its vision to fruition. The NWSI has leveraged $70 million in new capital investment and attracted 337 full time jobs to a neighborhood that had seen no new investment for decades. In addition 60 homes have been built or rehabilitated and 45 Syracuse University faculty members and 808 students have been engaged in the effort. $3.3 million in green infrastructure has been invested in the neighborhood including some of the first “green” basketball courts in Upstate NY, residential street reconstruction and green roofs. The neighborhood is now home to four LEED Platinum structures including three green homes built as a result of a national design competition and featured in DWELL magazine. The NWSI’s first warehouse renovation, the Lincoln Building, is now home to La Casita, the city’s first Latino Cultural Center and ten, fully occupied artist work/live lofts. ProLiteracy International, the largest literacy organization in the world recently moved their headquarters to a portion of the NWSI’s second warehouse reconstruction project, the 100 year old Case Supply Building. WCNY, the regions public broadcasting station will occupy its new 55,000 square foot, state-of-the-art multi-state broadcast center and education facility in the Case warehouse in May, 2013. A community of artists and innovators are becoming property owners within a cluster of renovated warehouses and new structures centering in-and-around West and Wyoming Streets, creating a link between the Near Westside and downtown Syracuse, New York. The NWSI, through all of this community engagement and economic development, is creating jobs, home ownership opportunities, and beautiful public spaces for the people who live in the neighborhood.