Syracuse Stage Adds Pay-What-You-Will Performances

A program at Syracuse Stage is expanding.

The theatre recently received a $20,000 grant from M&T Bank, allowing it to add more pay-what-you-will performances to the 2022/23 season.

“There’s nothing like the joy that live entertainment brings,” said Steve Gorczynski, Central New York regional president at the bank, in a press release. “It’s a chance to join with family and friends, to unplug from our screens and to celebrate our vibrant arts community. We are proud to help bring that shared experience to as many members of our community as possible.”

The pay-what-you-will program was first created during the 2017/18 season, and has sold more than 1,100 tickets since then, according to Syracuse Stage. They typically cost $7-$8 (tickets are limited to two per person), and will be available for the following shows: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Nov. 30-Dec. 4); Espejos: Clean (Feb. 15-19); Our Town (March 29-April 2); Tender Rain (May 3-7); and Clue (June 7-11).

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Micron Announces Funding for MOST

In late October, Micron announced that it is investing $500,000 in the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST). The funds will be used to create a hands-on exhibit that explores semiconductors (and some of their common applications), and the company will also present Dollar DeSTEMber Days this month, with $1 admission on select Thursdays and Fridays

“We are thrilled for this tremendous and generous support from Micron,” said Lauren Kochian, president of the MOST, in a press release. “Partnering with a company like Micron will improve the access and reach of our incredible STEM education programs for our students…Micron’s investment in the MOST and their belief in our mission of hands-on STEM education demonstrates the great opportunity they will provide to our community’s students.”

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The Kelberman Center Becomes “Kelberman”

The Kelberman Center was created in 2005, inspired by the vision of a local father.

Now, nearly two decades later, it has rebranded and developed into an independent organization.

“Our new brand symbolizes a new and exciting phase for us as an agency,” said Executive Director Tara Costello in a press release. “We thank Upstate Cerebral Palsy for providing leadership and resources to our organization in its infancy, as it did to many other new and growing agencies over the years. Now, as a completely independent organization, we are fully positioned to realize Dr. Kelberman’s dream of a center of excellence for autism here in our community; a dream that began decades ago as he searched for a place for his son to receive autism services locally.”

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