News from the notables
The Oneonta Community Arts Network
Since 1970, CANO (formerly known as UCCCA) has been home to the arts and community of Oneonta. Many of you have tasted chili created by some of the region’s top chefs from handmade bowls at the Wilber Mansion, or taken an art class at the Studio. Although we have been a primarily volunteer-run organization for over 10 years, we host a wide variety of events and programs, such as the monthly Writers’ Fair and art exhibition openings with live music. direct.
CANO has experienced phenomenal growth in 2022, restructuring and rebuilding to better serve the needs of local creatives and local residents.
CANO has not been alone in facing many challenges due to the pandemic and the response from the community has been tremendous. The demands for the reinstatement of our arts and community classes have been overwhelming. Many new visual artists have moved to the area and contacted us as they were looking for a space to display their work. There is also an increased need from musicians and authors. The Community Arts Network of Oneonta is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts, support artists and engage the community. As the needs of local creatives and residents have grown, we’re doing our best to adapt and grow.
Arts Education Coordinator Tammy Doyle and Executive Director Hope Von Stengel are planning an exciting and eclectic lineup of fall classes, such as yoga, meditation, figure drawing, shibori tie-dyeing and weekly in-home art classes. Currently, with the support of NYSEG and the Elks Club, CANO has expanded the summer arts program for children and now offers nine weeks of programming, with reduced tuition in the ninth week. The financial support of regional organizations, businesses and individuals is essential to our success, as are the many communities
partnerships we have formed over the years.
With the addition of new board and committee members, we’ve had some really exciting live music events over the past year, such as the House Party and Block Party. CANO’s City of the Hills Festival returns on September 17 with
more vendors, entertainment and art. This downtown Oneonta event features music from noon to midnight, workshops, art/maker/vintage vendors, mural unveiling, children’s activities, augmented reality art destinations, a circle drumming, an artisanal beer garden and more. Two new art events, which we plan to be annual, will take place towards the end of the year: the Postcard Gala and the Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale.
Oneonta was named one of the top 10 small, vibrant arts communities by SMU Data Arts just before the pandemic. Colleges, local and regional creative communities, arts organizations and profound natural beauty make this city and its surroundings a truly wonderful place to live. CANO is looking forward to bringing more ART and energy to downtown Oneonta.
For more information about CANO, join us on Instagram or fb, visit our website, canoneonta.org or email [email protected].