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A growing arts district in Utica?

Another article that is supporting the idea that there is a growing arts and culture economy in the Utica area. The neighborhood around the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute has changed from a depressing, crime ridden area of the city to budding creative community in just the past 10 years.

Utica arts district takes form.
Utica OD, April 15, 2012

Munson William Proctor Arts Institute neighborhood.



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Utica/Ithaca Film Festival

The City of Utica in conjunction with Ithaca College is looking to host the first of a proposed annual film festival. I think this is a great idea and opportunity for the city. One theme that has continually emerged from my research thus far is that Utica has a rich arts and culture economy. It’s not always promoted, patronized or taken advantage of to the extent that it could be, but it does exist. This event could be an important step to making those creative assets more visible.

City of Utica to Hold Film Festival on May 12
WKTV News –  April 24, 2012

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“At Least We’re Not Utica”

While on the air with mayor of Watertown (located 90 miles NW of Utica), a DJ bashes the city of Utica during a live radio program. His remarks have caused quite a stir for locals and one local young person, who also runs the KDCF Utica website, posted a video response.

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Tourism spending up in Oneida County, Central New York

Tourism spending up in Oneida County, Central New York.

Visitor spending increased to $1.025 billion in Oneida County in 2010.

Utica OD – October 20, 2011

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First Public Market at Train Station

Turnout ‘unbelievable’ at first Public Market at train station – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York.

I was able to attend the public market this weekend and was pleasantly surprised—there were a number of interesting vendors and despite the rainy weather, I saw a crowd of people coming and going. I think this event has tremendous potential and hope it continues to grow. The event needs more publicity and vendors, particularly farmers with produce. I talked to several people at the market and most felt the same as me—very excited to see it happening, but hoping it does die out to quickly.

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What’s next on Varick Street?

What’s next on Varick Street? – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York.

Varick St is an urban neighborhood in the “Brewery District” of Utica. Over the past several years, there have been several bars and restaurants that have popped up on the street in an attempt to make it a social and entertainment hub of the city.

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3rd Annual Event to Showcase Local Cuisine

“Taste of Utica
– news article posted by YNN on June 17, 2011

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