Artist Cruz Newman .... Grantee Nicole-Bethany Onwuka....
Come to Monks 8/23 to support CAP!.... a Great Artist Market...
CAP ArtSpace 9/1... Free Writing Workshops 9/7-13....
Local Events!
Art washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life. (Pablo Picasso)
August Featured Artist
Cruz Newman
Visual Artist

Cruz Newman, shown here with her painted electrical box (Ithaca), is one of the artists on our Greater Ithaca Art Trail! (You may have seen her last Friday at our Ithaca Artist Market!)

I live surrounded by the nature that inspires my art which becomes whimsical through love and appreciation.

I was born and raised in Mérida; a beautiful valley surrounded by gigantic mountains in the Venezuelan Andes. I received a degree in Industrial design and moved to London to learn English and experience the world from a different perspective.

Love and life brought me to the US in 2015. I live in the beautiful Finger Lakes area where I find so much joy and inspiration for my art. I have enjoyed creating using different mediums. My current favorite is watercolor, which I use for my illustrations with a whimsical style.
CAP Grantee Spotlight
Nicole-Bethany Onwuka
Actress, Writer, Singer, Filmmaker, Educator
Nicole-Bethany creates experiences for multi-generational audiences to feel transformed when they’re pursuing radical healing in their lives. Her artistic skills range from performing; Acting and Singing, to producing; Writing and Directing for both the stage and screen. Originally from Queens, Nicole-Bethany is a proud Ithaca College graduate (class of ‘22) and the Theatre Arts Director of the Community Unity Music Education Program here in Ithaca. 

She recently received a CAP Arts Education grant for her ReLIT (Reviving Literacy) Theatre Program where she will be creating new literacy experiences with 2nd grade students at Beverly J. Martin Elementary and Cayuga Heights Elementary, who are struggling to read and/or learn differently in the classroom. Through the use of Theatre education, students will have the amazing opportunity to add new fun and exciting ways of writing reading, drawing, speaking, to what they’re learning in the classroom. They will also develop their own stories based on their imaginations and experiences. Nicole-Bethany’s goal is to aid in the development of their literacy skills, while introducing a theatrical solution to students who may have painful relationships with reading, writing and speaking.

See all of CAP's 2023 grantees on our Recent Awards List page.
2024 guidelines will be posted to our Grants Page at by August 30th.
Email questions about our grants anytime to
Come to Monks on the Commons
to Support CAP!
Join us at Monks
Wed, August 23 from 5pm to 7pm

For one night only, Monks on the Commons (your destination for sinful cocktails and soulful food in the Ithaca Marriott Downtown) will donate 50% of the food & beverage totals to the Community Arts Partnership!!! Thank you Monks!

We've put in our order for good weather, and they have an outdoor patio if you prefer to socialize outdoors. Megan and Robin will be guest bartending and we would love to see you. Bring your friends!

Every item you enjoy will benefit the Community Arts Partnership and go towards strengthening the arts all across Tompkins County

(Image: Executive Director Megan behind the Monk's bar in 2022!)
The Ithaca Artist Market was fantastic!
CAP's Ithaca Artist market last Friday has perfect weather, good food, wonderful music, amazing artists, and happy visitors! Links to all artists that participated is on our Artist Market page.

(L to R: Board member Reid Palmer at the CAP Booth, Priya Sirohi of Kosha Studio, and Molly Lunn) Photos by Rachel Philipson Photography & Design
Thanks to Thaler and Thaler for being our generous business sponsor once again!
Visit the CAP ArtSpace gallery
though August 25
A Season of Ithaca, Carlton Manzano

Carlton works outdoors, creating representational work predominantly of urban settings in oils on board or canvas. This exhibit is part of August's Seeing Ithaca, with 10 participating local galleries.
September 1 to 30
Gallery Night: Friday, Sept 1

Create Curiousity, Hana Hamad
Ship Skeletons, Brendan McKelvy

CAP ArtSpace: Mon - Sat, 10 to 5
110 N. Tioga Street, on the Commons
We thank: Tompkins Community Bank for their generous year-round sponsorship of our CAP ArtSpace.
Read more about these free
writing workshops at our
Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:00-7:15pm
Infusing Writing Practice with Intention
In this workshop, Brenna Fitzgerald guides participants through written reflection and mindfulness exercises to discover and create intentions to support their writing practice.
On Zoom - Register HERE
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2:00-3:15pm
A Question of Wildness
nicole v. basta will share skills, techniques, and fun ways to approach the blank page.
Live at Buffalo Street Books.
Registration Required: HERE
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:00-7:00pm
Developing the New Musical:
Story, Script and Stage
Walking on Water Productions will host a forum with writers Jenny Stafford and Scotty Arnold, creators of the new musical "Extended Stay."
On Zoom - Register HERE
Visions FCU: Our ArtsLetter Sponsor
Youth Month
August is the perfect time to introduce children to savings and financial wellness. This month, for ages 19 and under, Visions is offering a $25 new member bonus and drawings. Visit for details.
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Exhibit Opportunity: The Hilton Garden Inn/Seneca Place, in downtown Ithaca. has monthly exhibit slots available. They have wall space and a glass case and participate in Gallery Night! E-mail (Rachel) for information.

The Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers welcomes new members. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church beginning September 6. Please visit for information and registration.
Enjoy local Arts Events!
Great sources for Local Events Listings:

Ageless Jazz Band
Concert in Brooktondale 9/10/2023 @ 5pm.

Artist Gym
Exercise your creative muscle! Saturday, August 26, 1pm to 4pm, Soil Factory.

Buffalo Street Books  
Check out their event calendar  

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
See their upcoming season!

The Cherry Arts Gallery
Genderqueer Pioneers: The Lavender Hill Legacy
through September 17.

See what's playing at

Circus Culture
The Hupstate Circus Festival: Sept 1-4, Ithaca, NY.

Cornell Concert Series
See their fall line up at

Community School of Music and Arts  
Gallery: CSMA Faculty Exhibit, through September 29.

Corners Gallery   
In Observance: Jack Elliott / Greg Page / Jari Poulin through August 29

Downtown Ithaca  
Gallery Night Ithaca, on the first Friday of every month.

Ellis Hollow: Music in the Hollow
The Smokin Loons, August 15, 6pm / Jenny Stockdale August 22, 6pm

23rd annual Fingerlakes Comedy Festival
September 28, 29, 30 at Argos Inn and CSMA

Gallery at South Hill  
Ben Frank Moss, A retrospective, through September 3

History Center in Tompkins County
Knot Sew Fast current exhibit, and more activities and programs!

Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Check out their exhibits and workshops!

Johnson Museum   
Free and open to all. 

Kitchen Theatre
See their upcoming season!

Lansing Performance Hall
Jazz Masters Concert Series, September 10, 6:30pm

Lilypad Puppet Theatre
Queen of Crankies: Katherine Fahey. Sept. 7, 7pm at Cinemapolis

Lilypad Puppet Theatre
Puppet Slam - the Slam Jamboree. Sept 15 & 16, 7:30pm at the Community School of Music and Arts!

Mix Art Gallery
Werner Sun and Maro Kayira, through Sept. 30

State of the Art Gallery  
Seeing Ithaca: Through the Eyes of Artists," through August 17

State Theatre
Upcoming shows at

Story House Ithaca
See their upcoming events!

Tompkins County Public Library  
There are always great events at the library!
Triphammer Arts
August 27, 2023 – “Moving Landscapes” – choreographer’s showcase

Trumansburg Conservatory   
Always a variety of events.

Wharton Museum
Silent Film Under the Stars. Sat, August 19, 8pm
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