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Placemaking through
arts and culture 

The Northside Cultural Arts District is a community-based initiative envisioned by local Syracuse artist Daniela Nikolavsky, not-for-profit organization Hopeprint, and residents/stakeholders of Syracuse’s Northside neighborhood.  


The mission of this project is to establish a cultural arts district in Syracuse Northside as a way to increase and strengthen equitable representation of the diverse population in the cultural, economic, and social domains. The Northside Cultural Arts District (NCAD) was inspired by numerous best practice examples of neighborhood resurgence through arts and culture. Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, Illinois; Mural Arts Philadelphia Program, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Jason Roberts’ Better Block are examples of placemaking initiatives that were often in mind during the conception of this project. 



The NCAD project will


  1. Support the local creative community

  2. Improve streetscapes

  3. Promote cultural awareness

  4. Reactivate park and vacant lots

  5. Provide arts education

  6. Host cultural events 

  7. Promote the local economy

The NCAD will build partnerships and collaborations with local, national, and international artists and with arts and cultural organizations.

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