News in Cortland NY

Cortland’s Downtown “Window’s Project” Expands

The Cortland Downtown Partnership, working with the City of Cortland and the Cultural Council of Cortland County are collaborating on a beautification project this summer. The Downtown Window’s Project takes empty storefronts and provides space for artists, arts and non-profit organizations to showcase their contributions to the Cortland community.

This summer the project will expand to include façade beautification on the B.T. Jones building at the corner of Main Street and Court Street. On July 13 and 14 local artists will paint a series of historic storefront window displays over top of the boarded up windows.

“This is a project that combines urban beautification with arts and culture in historic downtown Cortland,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “This kind of endeavor adds energy to our community and recognizes the historic nature of downtown.”

The City’s Historic and Architecture Review Commission has approved the historic photos local artists will be using as templates and the Cultural Council is recruiting local artists to work on the project. The Cortland Downtown Partnership with support from Emmanuel Pothos will provide funding for materials including plywood, paint and hardware. Artists will be creating the pictures on separate pieces of plywood and then screwing them into the existing plywood to create a series of great looking murals for downtown Cortland.