Westcott Community

The Westcott Neighborhood of Syracuse, NY

A vibrant eastside neighborhood rich in history, culture, food and entertainment


Looking Back at Westcott Fair Fun: WENA’s Community Art Project in 1996

September 15, 2022

Samuel Gruber


On a rainy September Sunday in 1996 WENA (now WNA) sponsored a community art project as part of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. On several large plywood boards, whitewashed and arranged into grids, fair goers were each invited to paint a square. Tall people were asked to reach, and children encouraged to paint the lower squares.

We’re not sure whatever happened to the final creations. They may have been on view for a while at the Westcott Community Center. But it was the fun of the making more than the end result that mattered most. You might see some familiar faces – they’ve hardly aged in 26 years!



What else was WENA doing back in those days? One big thing was trying to get the city to go after building code violators. Some things never change! See the graffiti on the Harvard Place wall of then Chatterbox Cafe (now Mom’s Diner).  In the photo above, we remember Wally Francis, neighbor and long-time treasurer of WENA, who died this past year.