Recent spotlight on aaduna Board of Advisors, and a collaborative partner:

  • Ellen Blalock was featured on the front page of the “CNY” section of the Sunday, June 12, 2011 edition of The Post-Standard.  Ellen was recruited by Light Work and the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University to create documentary portraits of LGBT families to create what was titled the “CNY Family Pride Project”, which was exhibited. This year, she agreed to revisit this project and add to the collection of portraits created in 2006-07.  The project recently concluded a critically acclaimed and successful showing at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, NY.

  • Billye Chabot, executive director of The Seward House Museum was recently featured on WCNY’s Bridge Street.  She talked about Auburn’s inauguration of a “First Friday” initiative that starts this evening, July 1 from 5-8 PM.  Check out

Mr. Eli Hernandez

Mr. Demetrius Murphy

Honorable Mayor Michael Quill
  • Eli Hernandez, president of the Auburn/Cayuga Branch of the NAACP, in partnership with The Office of the Honorable Mayor Michael Quill convened the People of Color Graduate Reception, Class of 2011 of Auburn Memorial High School.  Demetrius Murphy, branch manager, assistant vice president for First Niagara Bank was the keynote speaker.  This event was held on June 29, at 6 PM in the Chambers of Auburn Memorial City Hall.  

  • Sean McLeod, president of the New York Institute of Dance and Education; artistic director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, and executive producer of the New York Dance Festival, Auburn, NY is organizing an exhibition titled “Dance on Walls” for the Cayuga Museum slated to open in February 2012.  aaduna will feature photographs from the archives of N.Y.I.D.E. in the Fall 2011 issue and may be part of the Cayuga Museum exhibition that will help celebrate aaduna’s First Anniversary! 

Lisa Brennan’s work was featured in the Thursday, June 30, 2011 “Go. Gallery” section of Go, “The Citizen’s Weekly Entertainment Guide”.  Two of her photographs highlighted the narrative about the current exhibitions in The Borders and Penalver Galleries of aaduna.  View the galleries at 

    • Patricia Roth Schwartz, an aaduna supporter and colleague, had her play “Weeding for Isabelle” presented by The Fatzinger Hall Literary Arts Reading Series 2011 last night, June 30 in Waterloo, NY.  Pat wrote and directed the piece and the staged reading was performed by The Sage-Thyme Players (Ed Porter, Judy McMillan, Mary Alice Nunemaker, Chris Swanson, Pat Schwartz and Pam Bryan).  The program was co-sponsored by The Literary Guild of the Finger Lakes.