Calling All Artists!

CBT 2021 will feature an Alumni Art Exhibit and community-based mural project.

A highlight of every Coming Back Together (CBT) weekend is the CBT Alumni Art Exhibit held at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC). This year’s exhibit coincides with CFAC’s 50th anniversary as an organization, and the exhibit theme and call to artists is “Celebrating 151 Years of Black and Latino/a Excellence at Syracuse University.” Alumni artists are invited to submit three to five images of their work that reflects the theme, along with a short biography or one-page resume and artist statement. Submissions should be sent to: by July 15, 2021.

For the first time, in addition to the CBT Alumni exhibition, CFAC will be hosting a community-based arts project. All alumni attending CBT are invited to contribute to the making of two mural paintings on canvas that will also reflect on the theme of “Celebrating 150 Years of Black and Latino/a Excellence at Syracuse University.” The design and painting of the mural will be led by alumni and student artists in collaboration with the CFAC. The finished murals will be permanently hung at two Syracuse University locations along with a plaque that recognizes CBT and other participating organizations’ continued support of Black and Latino/a excellence at the University.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of artistic experience or ability. “As alumni, your experiences, memories and contributions are inextricably intertwined in the fabric of Syracuse University’s 151-year history and the outcome of this project will reflect this,” says Tanisha Jackson, executive director of CFAC and professor of practice of African American studies. “Your participation is necessary to make this creative and unprecedented art project a success. So come to the Community Folk Art Center during CBT weekend with your sleeves rolled up and let’s have a paint party, CBT style!”