A Tribute to Mark Wright

January 30, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Artistically Speaking: A Tribute to Mark J. Wright

Location: John H. Mulroy Civic Center – Carrier Theater, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse New York
Suggested Donation Scale ($5.00-$50.00)

Proceeds from this event will establish the
Mark J. Wright Scholarship for Young Artists
at the Central New York Community Foundation

Artistically Speaking: A Tribute to Mark J. Wright, a celebratory afternoon of art and performance to honor the life, dedication and selfless service of Mark J. Wright to the artistic heritage of Central New York. The event seeks to capture and salute the breath of individual artists, cultures, art forms and artistic organizations Mark Wright touched and supported throughout his career. Mark J. Wright, Grants Director at Cultural Resources Council of Central New York, died suddenly in November 2010. He was instrumental in shaping the landscape of the Central New York arts community.

Covering four counties; Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Cayuga and Madison, Mark helped many different and diverse grassroots projects, all across New York State. He not only helped them secure badly needed funding for their projects but personally encouraged their growth and ability to envision new, innovative approaches to art.

This tribute will feature performances by over 40 different individuals representing the many organizations which received assistance from the Cultural Resources Council of CNY through the dedication of Mark Wright. The event will celebrate his life and work in music, dance, storytelling, film and art. It is a fitting tribute to a man who spent most of his life helping others.

Mark believed in art for all people. He was especially dedicated to helping young people in the arts pursue their interests and helped hundreds of young people to advance their studies in their chosen disciplines.  It is in this tradition that organizers of this event have decided to create a scholarship fund in Mark’s name to continue to help young people realize their dreams. All proceeds from this event will go to the Mark J. Wright Young Artists Scholarship Fund. The ticket prices reflect the first attempt by organizers to raise funds for this worthy endeavor.