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Executive director of Syracuse-based CNY Arts appeals to individuals and organizations to help raise a half-million dollars by Dec. 31 for the arts sector, which is facing potential loss of more than $55 million due to the pandemic By Mary Beth Roach The arts in Central New York has become another victim of the pandemic, as museums and theaters across the area remain closed or have had to drastically cut the number of visitors. Individual artists have been severely impacted as well. It’s estimated that the sector has lost more than $55 million in potential revenue. The CNY Arts organization, in its ongoing mission to support, promote and celebrate the arts, culture and heritage in the area, has begun a fundraising effort. The agency serves Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. When it gets New York state regional economic development funds, it also serves Cayuga County. Executive director Stephen Butler talked about the fundraising drive and the effect of the pandemic on the arts. Q: Can you share the details of this initiative? A: In March, when the governor’s order came through to help flatten the curve, organizations needed to shutter. Of course, for the arts, that’s a