Resonance Center is a non-profit 501 c3 corporation located in Utica, New York. Utica is a city of about 55,000. The economy is depressed, and some of our citizens consider it a cultural black hole. Here the best thing to do is get drunk as often as possible to deaden our site to the decay. Resonance Center is one of the saviors in the city of Utica for those culturally inclined with the simplistic plans to the fantastical dreams.
Resonance Center has been in existence for nearly five years. It has seen two locations and is currently seeking its third home.
What started out as a community artist cooperative has turned into something far greater. Resonance Center is now a network of artists of every sort from visual artists to performing artists to actors to poets to playwrights to dancers martial artists and musicians.
Physically the space has offered a gallery, store, healing space and studio space. Resonance Center has resonated so greatly in our community that it has often been a struggle to maintain one space large enough let alone face the economic difficulties keeping the center afloat.
The Resonance Review is our version of a literary publication offering an outlet to writers in the Resonance network.
Resonance Center has put on a monthly dinner to raise awareness for the arts and present to others cuisine from many different cultures.
The Resonance Center has often met whatever needs it’s artists have come to. In the past it has given shelter to those transient. It has fed those needing nourishment. The Center has also been responsible for a local organic garden as well as a food cooperative.
The Center offers resources to include a large collection of books which may be borrowed by members. There are also a good selection of musical instruments, theatrical props and art supplies all for the use of members or those simply passing through.
Resonance Center was responsible for coordinating the Baggs Square Festival of the Arts, which is a first of it’s kind festival in Utica. There were five stages with bands constant throughout the day. Independent movies were shown. Poetry was read by our local poets. Artists showed their works and vendors lined the street. For Utica this was a huge success. It wasn’t backed by big money, it wasn’t about getting wasted – it was a community gathering together to pay tribute and experience the great local artists which often become over looked in our cultural black hole.
One of Resonance Centers’ greatest strengths is in its network of people fighting to create a cultural community. Resonance’s network has provided connection between like-minded people in a city which is apparently devoid of any culture. Connections are made and culture resonates.