Arts at the Palace is pleased to announce it has received a $4,550 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to support its parking lot pollinator garden project.

Beginning last fall, Arts at the Palace has been working with naturalist Morgan Elmore and artist Tim Rand to create a native pollinator garden in the parking lot adjacent to the Palace Theater, which is owned by the Hamilton Initiative.

The 30′ x 6′ garden will be certified by the National Wildlife Federation and will include native plant communities that sustain native insects and birds.

A public, outdoor mural will be created on the side of the Palace Theater building within the garden space.

The garden is a year-long project that will include a site-specific native plant garden design and installation, site-specific mural design and installation, pop-up mini-gallery, educational activities, and community engagement opportunities. Arts at the Palace maintains a project web page, where community members can follow the progress of the project and learn about opportunities to participate.

“We are excited about all of the ways the garden will involve the community, including serving as inspiration for a children’s songwriting workshop to take place next summer,” said Elizabeth Douglas, Arts at the Palace’s Executive Director.

The parking lot pollinator garden was made possible by a grant from the Faith T. Knapp Memorial Fund and Small Grants Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

About Arts at the Palace

Arts at the Palace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of nearly $260 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time. cnycf.org