As we hurtle towards the summer solstice, I know I'm enjoying the longer days and I bet you are too! With the extra daylight, things feel more expansive and possibilities seem more within reach. 

It's in that spirit that I encourage you to go out and experience the wealth of arts in our community. Now is the perfect time to go catch a theater production, see that musical group you've been meaning to see, check out one of Ithaca's galleries, enjoy some comedy, or catch a movie. 

Whether you want your thoughts provoked or your heart uplifted (or a little bit of both), there really is something for everyone here. So go out there and check out the arts - you'll be glad you did!

Megan Barber, CAP Executive Director
Featured CAP Grantee
Vie Cycle's "The Wedding Show"
The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) is proud to support innovative and inclusive projects through its grant funding, and one such standout event is The Wedding Show by Vie Cycle, funded with CAP's 2024 Artist in Community Grant.

Vie Cycle, a rotating group of actors, musicians, and artists, is dedicated to creating immersive and interactive community-building events that are LGBTQIA+ friendly. The group's commitment to inclusivity and collaborative creativity shines through this event that invites attendees to become part of a joyous and heartfelt queer wedding celebration!

One of the creators of The Wedding Show, Sylvie Froncek, shared the inspiration behind the event: “I had been to a bunch of weddings and some of them were absolutely ridiculous and poorly planned. But some involved all of the guests helping to do something, and there was this amazing bonding that happened. I wanted to create a wedding where you can do all the things you can’t normally do at these kinds of events.

This vision of turning chaotic, yet bonding experiences into a structured, interactive theatre piece highlights the unique charm and inclusive spirit that Vie Cycle brings to The Wedding Show.

The event includes a variety of activities such as mingling with the wedding party, enjoying appetizers and desserts, playing lawn games, and dancing. The show encourages full participation, whether it’s making a toast, giving a speech, or joining a flash mob. Each event performance is unique, driven by the interactions between the audience and the cast, ensuring an unforgettable celebration.

A highlight of The Wedding Show is its commitment to accessibility and inclusivity and making sure audience needs are met and that everyone feels comfortable and included. Singles, couples, and groups of all backgrounds are welcome and there are alcohol free performances that cater to all ages. 

The Wedding Show is a great example of the arts uniting people and celebrating diversity. For more information on upcoming performances from June 15th to July 14th, and how to participate, visit

June to August - Free Workshops

Thursday, June 13, 4:00 to 6:00pm, Buffalo Street Books
Singing in the Dark: Writing Poetry of Resistance, with Melissa Tuckey

Saturday, June 15, 3:00 to 5:00pm, Buffalo Street Books
Unleashing the Power of the List Poem, with Wren Tuatha

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm, ZOOM
Live your YA Fantasy: An Embodied Writing Speculative Fiction Workshop, with Angela Somma

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Buffalo Street Books
So You Want To Write a Picture Book, with Rowen MacCarald & Sue Heavenrich

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 to 7:30pm, Durland Library, Cornell
Reaching Out / Reaching In: How to Send Hope to Imprisoned Writers

Sunday, August 4, 1:00 to 2:15pm, CAP ArtSpace
Disrupting Sterile Spaces: How to Write Scientific Blackout Poetry, with Lee Cotman

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 to 8:00pm, CAP ArtSpace (LIMITED ENROLLMENT)
How to Make a Zine, with yen ospina

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 to 8:00pm, CAP ArtSpace
Recovering Your Creative Spirit, with Brenna Fitzgerald
CAP ArtSpace
Friday June 7th is Gallery Night!
Terrance Vann, Moments
Last day of this exhibit is Saturday!

Terrance Vann presents paintings from the past and present to culminate an experience that chronicles his artistic journey moment to moment leading us into the present.

The artist also has work exhibited from his 2 year old daughter Savannah in her artistic debut!
June Exhibit

Picturing a Resilient, Equitable, and Healthy Food Future

Gallery Night: Friday, June 7
5:00 - 8:00pm

Like air and water, food has always been a necessity for life. Decisions we make about food affect the resilience of our community, the economic and social well-being of our population, and human and ecosystem health. What stories can we share to light new pathways toward a food future that nourishes us all? This group show highlights work from regional artists representing their diverse interpretations of food resilience, equity, and health. (Image by artist Coralee McNee)
CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga Street, on the Commons, in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture. Also home to the Downtown Visitor Center and the History Center in Tompkins County!

Hours: Mon, 10 to 5 / Tues, 11 to 5 / Wed - Sat, 10 to 6
Thank you to Coughlin & Gerhart for their sponsorship of our CAP ArtSpace!

Save the Date!
Visit Artists on June 8th
On Saturday, June 8th, from 12pm to 5pm, visit artists in their studios.

The list of who is open will be on our Greater Ithaca Art Trail website by June 1st.

Gather your friends and family, hit the road, and seek out great artists. You'll gave wonderful conversations. see some amazing art and maybe find something you'd love to purchase!
(Image: outdoor mobile by Don Ellis. He'll be one of the open artists!)

Friday, August 9th, 12 to 7:30pm
Save the Date
Our 32nd annual juried show and sale of fine and functional art!

with local and regional artists, community arts groups, food / wine / beer, a boat tour, raffles, and jazz throughout the day!

A list of participating artists and vendors will be on this page by June 15th.
We thank Thaler & Thaler for their continuing sponsorship of this great event!
State of the Art Gallery is seeking visual artists
State of the Art Gallery is once again hosting "Seeing Ithaca" in August ( ). Galleries, art related businesses, and artists will have a presence. If you are interested in participating, email Nancy Ridenour very soon with the following: Your name, address, and link to a web presence; Your agreement to have your studio open on August 10 th , 12-5 P.M; A brief description of your artwork

The Finger Lakes Women’s Writers Retreat
welcomes up to five female writers to work on their own individual projects. The August retreat includes four nights, and one afternoon with writers Rachel Dickinson and Rebecca Barry. For more information, email

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Arts Events Calendar
Great Sources for Local Events Listings:

JP Payton album release June 12 @ Grayhaven Motel

Ithaca Festival!
May 30- June 2, 2024
Celebrating the Artist in Everyone since 1977

Ithaca Sober Comedy Festival
Experience the joy and inclusivity of the Ithaca Sober Comedy Festival.
now through June 1, 2024.

Ithaca Laughs 2024 Festival
now through June 1, 2024
Various venues across Ithaca, NY
Experience the Unforgettable Blend of Comedy and Culture.

Buffalo Street Books  
Check out their event calendar  

Canaan Institute
Traditional Music / Outdoor Activities.

Cherry Arts
Passion Fruit Dance Company at the Cherry Arts through June 23

The Wedding Show
June and July dates! Immersive Theatre!

See what's playing at

Circus Culture
Camp registration is open and "Circus in the Tent," family friendly events through June 9th

Civic Ensemble
Fallen Branches Plant Roots," a musical about family, chosen family, and what it means to show up for one another. through June 9th.

Community School of Music and Arts
Explore their programs. Check out their latest exhibit. They also rent rehearsal and event space!

Corners Gallery  
Exposure: A Survey of Light, through June 29th, with Sylvia Estes + Laurie Snyder

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Watch recording of past concerts and consider joining!

Gallery Nights!
First Friday of every month in downtown Ithaca

Gallery at South Hill  
Julia K. Wright: Structure Mapping, June 8 to July 7th.
Opening reception June 8, 5-7pm

Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Do you know about their youth, teen, and senior programs?

Hangar Theatre
Check out their upcoming summer season!
Next "Ride the Cyclone: The Musical"
June 20–29
In this hilarious and outlandish musical, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster.

History Center in Tompkins County
A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field.

Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Exhibits and workshops!

Johnson Museum   
Free and open to all. 

Kitchen Theatre
See their upcoming 2024-2025 season!

Lilypad Puppet Theatre @ The Cherry
All sorts of fun stuff happening at LilyPad Puppets! plus a puppet series at the Cherry
Arts at 10:30am every month on the first Saturday!
AND Special Guests from Montreal! Scribouillis
June 8th 10:30am & 7pm showsat The Community School of Music and Arts

Mix Art Gallery
Art Sale in June!

Opus School of Music
Summer Camp Registration!

Running To Places Theatre
Chicago (Teen Edition), July 5 to 7

Southside Community Center
Check out their social media on facebook and follow them on instagram

State of the Art Gallery  
Juried Annual Photography Exhibit, June 6th to 29th
Check out their Look Club every 2nd Sunday, 2 to 3pm.

State Theatre
Upcoming shows at

Story House Ithaca
All sorts of events! Check out the list of upcoming events: book club, story nights, mending circle, listening room and more!
Tompkins County Public Library  
There are always great events at the library!
Trumansburg Conservatory   
Always a variety of events.

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