SYR Community Art Program – Syracuse Hancock International AirportSyracuse Hancock International Airport

In November 2020, Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) launched the SYR Community Art Program. The goal of the program was to provide an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to express themselves artistically at a time when they may feel disconnected from the rest of the world. Comprised of over 120 paintings from 10 community organizations, their works are exhibited throughout SYR.

The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) reached out to local high school art departments, seniors’ residences, organizations that provide support for families and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and others local organizations working with members of our community to gauge interest in the program in early fall 2020.

Organizations that agreed to participate received the requested number of blank 12-inch by 12-inch canvases to distribute to the people they serve. Individuals used paint, crayons and more to create their masterpieces.

The overwhelming positive response to the program prompted the SRAA to book multiple locations to display the artwork throughout the airport – both before security screening and after security screening. The works of art offer a sense of place to travelers, showcasing the talents of local artists.

SYR’s Community Art Program is just one part of a larger initiative to bring art to SYR. For example, the partnership with Piano and Organ Center has brought live music back to the airport’s main lobby as volunteer pianists and organists entertain travelers.

Kayleen C. Rice