Who We are
and the Near Westside
The Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) is committed to combining the power of art, technology and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize the SALT District of Syracuse's Near Westside. NWSI is a not-for-profit organization operated out of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development at Syracuse University that leverages the resources of SU, the state, the city, private foundations, businesses, not-for-profit corporations, and neighborhood residents to achieve its goals.
Branding itself as a distinct "neighborhood within a neighborhood" the SALT District of Syracuse's the Near Westside neighborhood has adopted a colorful logo and brand identity of "Syracuse. Arts. Life. Technology." The acronynm SALT is a reference to the salt production industry that helped put Syracuse in the map and led to the nickname "the Salt City." Within this neighborhood, the premise that art and culture can unite to create a revitalized community is being tested and is proving to be true. Scroll down to read more about how NWSI is investing in the community.
What We do
NWSI's work can be broadly categorized into six key focus areas. Check out these videos and scroll over each section to learn more:
News and Events
Read about what's been happening around the Near Westside
By Camellia Loojune “Is the Whitehouse really that small? It seems much larger on T.V.!” Beyond the Near Westside many teens are unaware of the circulator, how large the Lincoln Memorial is, and why women wear sneakers with business attire. For the past four summers, PEACE, Inc. has been taking a select group of teenagers[…]
It’s been several years in the making, but starting in early September, the Near Westside community finally found a safe way to walk and bike across West Street. The crosswalk, newly installed at the intersection of Otisco Street and West Street, is both a symbol of progress and a reminder of what raising our voices[…]
By Maarten Jacobs On September 24th, a sunny and beautiful Thursday, the Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) held a special ceremony in Skiddy Park to thank and recognize all of the 31 past NWSI board members and their years of commitment to the neighborhood. At the ceremony, individual name plaques for each of the board members[…]
Over the course of the last year, artist Brendan Rose has been meticulously bending steel, pouring concrete, and carefully applying paint to his newly finished sculpture series in the Near Westside. Brendan, who was the Salt Quarters artist in residence for 2014/2015 spent the first part of his residency seeing what needs the landscape of[…]
SU alumna Camellia Loojune joins the Near Westside Initiative team From its rich cultural diversity to entrepreneurial spirit, Syracuse always possessed a certain charm that I was drawn to. With the many initiatives in place and in the developmental phase to help rejuvenate this city, I knew[…]
The Near Westside is on the move! Check out this video to see how community partners like the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University are helping us work alongside residents to improve health and wellness in the community:
NYS Health Foundation grant helps make renovations possible as part of neighborhood health program A tennis court that once lay vacant in Skiddy Park will now serve a new purpose as a box soccer court, thanks to a grant from the New York State Health Foundation. The field was officially dedicated this past month as[…]
Our sixth annual Multicultural Block Party was a blast! Check out these photos from the event featuring some of our awesome neighbors. Thanks to everyone that came out and helped make this year’s Block Party a success!