September 24, 2017 - 10:41am
LadyFest Syracuse provided a safe space for the celebration of music and art on Saturday night with profits going toward Vera House.


This Saturday, while Paul McCartney played in the Carrier Dome, an all-inclusive music-based feminist festival, LadyFest, held its fourth annual social gathering to champion “women, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ community.”

December 5, 2016 - 12:59am
Hispanic youth in the Westside of Syracuse connect with their culture through reading circles and literacy programs.

He chose her. In a room full of rambunctious children running around with English and Spanish books, a young bright-eyed kindergartener with chubby cheeks kept asking her to read stories to him. He would continually hug her, look for books and ask her to read them to him. She didn’t know why, but “Boo Boo” chose her out of all the other volunteers at the reading circle at the La Casita Cultural Center.

February 26, 2016 - 1:50pm
Perspectives on the City of Syracuse from the women who stayed.

Lake effect. Orange pride. Salt potatoes. Wegmans. These are the terms that my eager family instilled in me upon learning that my alma mater would be Syracuse University, located in the very place that both sides of my lineage sprout from. As an Arizonian accustomed to readily available Mexican food and sprawling acres of saguaro cacti under open, dry skies, even the idea of snow was foreign to me. I cherished these new additions to my lexicon with excitement and care, looking forward to the day they would no longer feel strange rolling off my tongue.

October 11, 2014 - 1:42pm
The Spanish Action League hopes to shed light on social issues at the Community Folk Art Center.

Director Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado is holding two dolls in front of him: a four-foot long Black Raggedy Anne-type doll and a White doll, undisturbed in her original packaging. In the fluorescent-lit multipurpose room of LA LIGA’s, the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, office, each child in the Latino Youth Troupe gives his or her reasons for liking the doll in Spanish.

October 8, 2014 - 11:31pm
A free workshop on writing love poetry at the DeWitt Community Library brings quirky and touching moments from community members.

Love can be an erupting volcano, purring, the emotional trajectory of a yo-yo or even an aardvark. These were just some of the thoughts shouted out by eager participants in a free love poetry workshop held at the DeWitt Community Library. Local poet and retired librarian Martin Willitts Jr., 65, had invited the dozen or so members of the crowd to expand their definition of love through free association, while he scrawled their responses on a large sheet of paper.   

October 6, 2014 - 12:00am
Refugees who traveled miles from their homeland to settle here celebrate their culture through exotic foods and music at a biannual food court.

The mouthwatering aroma of sourdough flatbread, garbanzo stew and lemon basil that filled the air and the vibrant sounds of live Burundian drumming made the Alibrandi Catholic Center feel like a family kitchen from some place exotic. The atmosphere was part of My Lucky Tummy’s biannual pop-up food court, where people from all over the world gathered to share a meal.

May 10, 2013 - 2:28pm
Students at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF recount the history of Onondaga Lake through puppets, poetry, music and art.

Geoffrey Navias tends to have a deadpan expression most of the time. But when he dons a mask or works with a puppet, his movements bring the character to life.

“Creative art is a lie,” the artistic director of Open Hand Theater told a room full of Syracuse University and State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry students on a recent Saturday morning in The Warehouse downtown.  “It’s a lie. It’s not really here. 

April 13, 2013 - 10:14am
During the final event for the Black Syracuse Project's "Your Story!" series, members of the Syracuse community spoke about their experiences with love in its many forms.

On a rare sunny Tuesday in downtown Syracuse, a group of strangers gathered in an auditorium above Beauchamp Library to share love stories. A row of chairs faced an empty stage, their voices echoing off the hardwood floor. An initiative by the Black Syracuse Project, “Your Story!” was a chance for community members to recall stories of past love, new love, lifelong love and even love of self.

January 24, 2013 - 3:05pm
Founder Seneca Wilson wanted to develop a community in Syracuse to nurture the love and power of spoken word poetry.

Every day, Syracuse University Assistant Director of Recreational Services, Seneca Wilson, coaches basketball at ESF.  He checks the gym facilities to make sure everything runs smoothly.  He answers phones in his office. When he gets off work, he writes poetry.

December 2, 2011 - 11:48am
Community spirit motivates Erica Monnin to involve fellow students in volunteer work outside SU's campus.