Magazine Name: Slice, Dash, Pinch, Grain
Tagline: Right in your backyard; Creativity within your reach; Don’t let it pass you by
1. Finger Lake Artist Trail: The Finger Lakes Artist Trial has over 60 stops for local arts
to showcase their work and for tourists and locals to discover. It covers museums,
artisans and studios, theatres, performing arts, culinary arts, festivals, businesses, and
organizations. The Delavan Art Gallery in Syracuse is a part of it (it’s the largest art
gallery in CNY). People can fill out a form online and the Trail’s website will post it on
their calendar. It’s a launching pad for people hoping to break it into all those industries
and people already successful in them. How has it launched local artists? Is it a tourist
draw? What are the highlights? Is it a must visit for locals or art fans? This would be a
service piece for the FOB. There’s almost 70 different stops, so I think possibly having a
large graph with the entire trail mapped in the background with some pop up blurbs of the
best places on the trail, like the NY Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua and Havill
Poverty in Branchport. I haven’t found a lot of news coverage on the trail as a whole, just
some individual stops. Since most publications will cover events when they are being
held, we can look at it more holistically and find the real gems that people can visit year
round. More visual than textuel, about 300-400 words.
2. Julia Nunes: After reading the profile in the Democrat and Chronicle, I think a Q&A
about her decision to leave college and how the internet became her school/network
would be ideal, but probably not possible. Another route to take would to compare and
contrast how she, without a college degree in music, is succeeding instead of someone
with a music degree, possibly from SU. Is college vital or do others just see it as a waste
of money? I saw that Jillian pitched a story about the stigma of being an art major in
today’s economy. This could have a similar feel, possibly combine with it. Also, it could
tie into what types of music succeed here and what doesn’t. Instead of focusing on how
she’s raising money like the D&C profile, this would use her story to see the benefits of
getting a degree vs. not. Is college too restricting for creative types? Or does it lead to
them being more respected? Does geography/school location change that perspective?
Did where she grow up and go to school influence her music style or the way she
approaches the covers she’s known for? What opportunities did college provide her vs.
her Youtube presence? She doesn’t have to be the focus, but just the item making the
story relevant. We’d have to do research without her, but maybe fans and people at
Skidmore could help. Shorter feature story, about 1000 words.
3. Corning Museum – Hot Glass Roadshow: Spectators can visit glassblowing tutorials at
the Corning Museum in Corning through the Hot Glass Show, as well as Flamework,
Glassbreaking and Optical Fire Demos. They are supposed to be entertaining, humorous,
and educational, but are they? The museum is one of the premium spots for glass work.
The Hot Glass Show also goes on the road, touring the world and country to add
entertainment value to this little known about art form. I think this could be a personal
account story, with someone actually going through the demo. It could also look into how
the museum helps local artists and scientists succeed in the field. What did it feel like?
What makes them popular? Is there more entertainment value than just enjoying the art
and learning something new? How helpful is it? Is it a good gateway into the hobby or
more just a one day experience? Did it change their minds about how art is made? Good
for all ages/families? It could go in a Visual Arts section within the middle of the
magazine. This could also lend itself to great photography, with possible photo essay
components. About 500-800 words.