Side Dishes: Projects that didn't win Salt City DISHES funding are still being realized in Syracuse, with two launching this weekend

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Walking on Water

Like the Thumbs UPstate organizers, Nathaniel Sullivan and Jay Muhlin already had a project in mind when the DISHES opportunity was announced.

The SU graduate students developed their idea for "Walking on Water" for an Art and Civic Dialogue course, led by local artist Carrie Mae Weems and Community Folk Art Center curator David Ross.

Part of the class includes participating in an exhibit at the CFAC, which Sullivan and Muhlin are taking outside the gallery walls on onto Water Street for a guided audio tour.

"Participants will be lent an iPod and a map of the walk, with indications of where to cue audio tracks," said Sullivan.

The tracks will include personal accounts, subject histories and speculation of the speakers, to venture beyond the academic histories of the neighborhoods and offer "tourists" more narrative stories of the area, he said.

To add new material to the initial stories, participants will be encouraged to document their own experiences. And walkers with smart phones can take the tour using the QR codes posted throughout the tour, rather than borrowing an iPod from the CFAC.

"Being a pedestrian in a city gives you a distinct perspective of who you are in relation to where you live -- from the types of interactions that it affords and the attendant encounters with difference, to the time it allows you to contemplate the urban landscape," Sullivan said.

"You Are Here: An Intersection of Art and Civic Dialogue" runs at the Community Folk Art Center from April 8 to 22.

This week marks the launch of two great ideas that didn't win DISHES funding, but there are even more in the works:

Syracuse Skillshare

Last summer, Syracuse Skillshare debuted with a full day of workshops open to the community, offering lessons on a variety of topics from composting to tuning up a bicycle.

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