Breathing Lights (photo credit Hyers + Mebane)

Breathing Lights Finale + Policy Summit: April 7, 2017

Breathing Lights, the unprecedented temporary public art project for which the Community Foundation served as convener and fiscal agent, officially wraps with an afternoon of art and inspiration: Friday, April 7, 2017 //  Proctors  //  432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 Click here to learn more and register. Join the Breathing Lights team and the…

Jon Elbaum (left) executive director of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, with Dr. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, artistic director for Albany Pro Musica

“This Was a Game-Changer”: Albany Pro Musica and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

In 2015, the Community Foundation awarded $17,500 Community Impact grant for a collaboration between Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (TSBMH) and Albany Pro Musica (APM). The goal of the collaboration? Establishing Albany Pro Musica as the chorus-in-residence for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. “Becoming the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Chorus-in-Residence was a game-changer for…

Breathing Lights (photo credit Hyers + Mebane)

Breathing Lights Announces Community Arts Awards Winners

Breathing Lights, one of four winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, will illuminate hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy nightly in October and November 2016. Breathing Lights will transform public streets into an evocative experience with the goal of sparking community conversation around the issues of vacancy and community revitalization.…

A former convent in Schenectady was lit in March 2016 as part of the beta test for the Breathing Lights art installation. (Photo credit: Hyers + Mebane)

3 Mayors Unveil Breathing Lights Events & Announce Surrounding Programming

  Public Art Project will Transform Neighborhoods, Highlighting City Revitalization Efforts Mayors Kathy Sheehan (Albany), Gary McCarthy (Schenectady), and Patrick Madden (Troy) gathered today at the rehabilitated former St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Eastern Avenue in Schenectady to announce a full list of events and surrounding programming for the Breathing Lights temporary public art…

Mayors and Project Partners Celebrate Breathing Lights

Region Selected as Recipient of Up To $1 Million from Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Albany/Schenectady/Troy Region Submission One of 4 National Winners; “Breathing Lights” Will Address Urban Vacancy/Neighborhood Revitalization Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that Breathing Lights, the regional submission by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been selected as one of four areas from across the United States to receive up to $1 million as part of the…

Event: Upcoming CFA Trainings & Idea-Sharing Forums

From our friends at the Regional Alliance for a Creative Economy and the Capital Region Economic Development Council: The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) Arts, Culture and Tourism work group invites you to share your thoughts! The CREDC Arts, Culture and Tourism work group has scheduled three upcoming sessions (dates below). The first half…

Don't Iron While the Strike is Hot

From the Times Union: Troy’s union history past comes alive

By Paul Bray The nation’s first bona-fide all-female union was formed in Troy 150 years ago under the leadership of a young Irish immigrant, Kate Mullany, and her colleague, Esther Keegan, in reaction to low wages, 12- to 14-hour workdays and unsafe conditions in the collar factories. Local writer and director Ruth Harvey dramatizes the story in…