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Southern Tier Life: Art & Business

The ARTS Council Receives Business Achievement Award from Corning Chamber


Congratulations to our 2023 Southern Tier Voices sponsor, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and its Executive Director Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum, who is being honored by the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2023 Business Achievement Award at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Breakfast in November.


According to its Mission statement, ‘The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the regional organization that empowers artists and encourages arts advocacy, fosters creativity and economic vitality, creates diverse connections and collaborations, and champions innovation and equity within the arts to cultivate a dynamic community.’


As a multi-county arts organization, The ARTS Council provides a wide array of services which fulfill its mission. From supporting regional artists in a multitude of ways, including professionally and financially; to promoting community engagement with the arts, The ARTS Council develops opportunities for the public to access the rich cultural, creative and artistic spirit of the southern tier through events, classes and more.

Highlights from the 2023 Music in the Square weekly summer concert, presented by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum has been the Executive Director of The ARTS Council since 2014, previously serving as its Folk Arts Coordinator. She leads a highly accomplished staff of artists and educators fueled by a passion to make ‘the Southern Finger Lakes an arts haven filled with talented and creative people, inspiring a vibrant and accessible multi-county arts scene.’


The Corning Chamber of Commerce 2023 Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday Nov. 9 at the Radisson Hotel Corning. The event is open to the public but RSVPs must be made by Friday, Nov. 3. Those interested in attending the breakfast can get details and tickets here.


You can see for yourself why The ARTS Council is receiving the award, as its influence may be found throughout the region, from poetry readings at local businesses to art openings and artist-centered events that promote the region’s bounty of skilled artisans, musicians, and writers.

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