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Finding Common Ground Third Thursdays

Finding Common Ground Third Thursdays
Sponsored by the Allyn Family Foundation
February – July 2023

Every Third Thursday
February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, July 20


Finding Common Ground Third Thursdays

Inspired by the profound message of the World Mandala and the exhibition Common Ground, the Everson’s free Third Thursdays, from February to July, will feature cooking demonstrations, interdisciplinary performances, advocacy opportunities, and various projects created in collaboration with the city’s vast refugee and immigrant populations.

Salt & Pepper

They say good food is just another expression of art. We think so, too! That’s why the Everson Museum of Art is thrilled to present Salt & Pepper, an art/food series with lively conversations between a chef preparing their meal, and an artist working on their craft!

The artists and chefs will discuss the culture, history, and techniques inherent within their given creative practices.

The chefs will provide samples of their dishes to purchase so you can engage with this program through another sense: taste!



July 20, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cake Bar & Ellen Blalock

Concert Series

taiConcert Series Curated and Hosted by Tai Ngo Shaw

Tai Ngo Shaw is the owner of CNY Uniforms Plus, founder of the CNY Blessing Box, president of the Vietnamese Community of Syracuse, founder of World Refugee Day, and Vice President of the New American Forum.

Shaw is a Vietnamese refugee who came to America more than 40 years ago, and has since earned two degrees from Alfred State University.

He helps the refugee/immigrant community in Syracuse with advice about the immigration process, and develops programs to ensure people have enough access to food and health care.


sierra leone

Sierra Leonean Youth Dance & Poetry

July 20, 7:00-8:00pm

Photos from Finding Common Ground – March 16, 2023
Photos by Hannah Salvagni

Finding Common Ground Partners

common ground partners

Deaf New American Advocacy Inc. / Nepali and American Sign Language

Through a partnership with Deaf New American Advocacy Inc., which provides services to over 50 deaf refugees and their families in Syracuse, the Everson will provide Nepali and American Sign language interpreters for the tours, workshops, performances, and programs during each Finding Common Ground Third Thursday.

LeadSafeCNY / Information Table

LeadSafeCNY is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation, which has made a multi-year commitment to help decrease the region’s alarming childhood lead poisoning rates.

CNY Blessing Box / Food Donations

The CNY Blessing Box Initiative is organized in Syracuse to help fight hunger. Donations to the CNY Blessing Box are given out weekly at CNY Uniforms Plus.


allynThanks to a generous grant from the Allyn Family Foundation, the Everson is assisting local organizations with transportation costs to and from the Museum for Finding Common Ground Third Thursdays from February to July 2023.

If interested in applying for transportation funding, please contact Everson’s Learning & Engagement Department at [email protected].

Finding Common Ground Third Thursdays