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B'ville man named CRC executive director

The Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County has named Baldwinsville native Stephen Butler as its new Executive Director.

Butler will increase awareness of cultural activities and issues in Central New York and develop additional partnerships with other cultural groups, businesses and individual artists to raise visibility of the economic development and educational impact of the arts on the community. In addition, he will spearhead the arts Council's key programs and oversee the critical funding and technical resource component the group provides.

"We are so pleased and fortunate to have Stephen Butler join our organization. After a national search, it was clear his extraordinary experience in strategic planning coupled with his unwavering belief in the value of the arts in our community is a critical component of our organization in these challenging times," said Carole Brzozowski, president of the CRC Board of Directors. "His vision will propel the Council forward and promote CNY as one of the leading cultural centers in New York State."

The Council works to enhance the arts and cultural environment of the region and its mission is to ensure the vitality and diversity of culture in CNY.

"I have always believed that lives are enriched and community is strengthened through art and culture and the council is a critical driving force behind that mindset," Butler said. "For a community of our size in particular, we have one of the most diverse and professional arts communities around. My goal in joining the council is to develop a greater appreciation for and support of the arts and cultural vibrancy in our region."

Butler was previously the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County. He holds a masters of arts from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in public administration and a bachelor of arts in theater from State University of New York at Oswego. Butler is also a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient.

For more information about the Cultural Resources Council, call 435-2155.

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