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Le Moyne College Co-sponsors “Syracuse Stories”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will co-sponsor “Syracuse Stories,” a story-telling celebration premiering this year as part of ArtsWeek 2011.

The festival begins with a workshop performance of “Cry for Peace, Voices from the Congo” at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25, in Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum of Art. The festival culminates in an “All Arts Festival Pro-Literacy Day of Stories” at the Everson Museum of Art and Community Plaza on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring performances on several stages and in five tents, representing all four quadrants of the city and the Onondaga Nation. In the tent representing the eastern quadrant of the city, Le Moyne will share stories of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Bishop Walter Foery and Simon Le Moyne, the 17th century priest and diplomat for whom Le Moyne is named.

Dr. Caroline Tauxe of Le Moyne College’s Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research teamed up with Wendy Gonyea, a poet and a Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation, as well as Vanessa Johnson of the Northeast Community Center and Mary Stanley of Art Across Borders to bring dreams of the festival to fruition. “We worked with grassroots organizations and used community organizing techniques to build this event as an authentic and integral expression of local culture and identity,” said Tauxe. “By sharing all these versions of who we are, we hope to strengthen the connections across divisions that segregate local society. Personally, I see my own involvement in this festival as a way to express Le Moyne’s mission to foster a more just world.”

Other sponsors of the event include Art Across Borders, Central New York Community Foundation, Clear Channel, Everson Museum of Art, Kauffman Foundation, Rosamond Gifford Foundation, the Onondaga Nation, ProLiteracy, Say Yes to Education Syracuse, Syracuse International Film Festival, Syracuse University Arts Presenter Office, WAER and Westcott Community Center.

The full schedule of Syracuse Stories events can be found at syracusestories.com/event-schedule/

Syracuse Stories is part of ArtsWeek, which typically draws about 20,000 visitors from across Central New York. For the full schedule of ArtsWeek 2011 activities, visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/index.php/static/C123

For more information, contact Dolores Byrnes at (315) 445-4255.

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posted on: 7/21/2011