OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is a private, not-for-profit corporation that began life as the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts in 1962. In its early years, it was located in a brownstone mansion on Troy’s Washington Park. Art classes were offered for the first time there in 1965, with the mansion‚ converted ballroom and formal dining rooms serving as an art gallery.

Three decades later, The Arts Center bought 5 adjoining buildings on Monument Square in downtown Troy and renovated nearly 36,000 square feet into fully-accessible studio, exhibition, and performing arts space. It also changed its name to The Arts Center of the Capital Region, recognizing that its classes, exhibits, and programs serve 48,000 people a year drawn from an 11-county region surrounding Troy.

Today, The Arts Center is proud to serve as a regional arts center, known for its wide range of high-quality classes for adults and children, arts camps for children and teens, highly acclaimed exhibitions and performances, and funding and technical support for arts organizations and artists. We continually are striving to better serve the community in which we live, so please read the submissions below, and take advantage of the opportunities we offer to local artists.
VISUAL ART OPEN CALL

About

The Feminist Art Project of Upstate NY is organizing a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It will also serve as a fundraiser to support The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood during this uncertain time. 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

We are excited to have Angel Bellaran as Guest Curator for this event. Bellaran was the Curator for "the original" Nasty Women NYC show at the Knockdown Center in Queens.

This event is organized by Madison LaVallee and Claire Sherwood, co-coordinators of The Femistint Art Project: Upstate New York. Contact them at Nastywomenofthenorth@gmail.com with any questions.


Submissions

The Nasty Women of the North event will take place at two locations in downtown Troy, New York: The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar Works. All visual art will be exhibited at Collar Works with a public opening on Friday, October 27 from 5-9 pm.

Visual Art Requirements

  • This is an INCLUSIVE exhibition. All artists will be represented UNLESS THE WORK DOES NOT MEET THE SUBMISSION CRITERIA.

  • 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

  • You may submit a maximum of 3 work(s).

  • All work(s) entered can not exceed a total of 3 feet (36 inches) in any direction.

  • We want to keep the prices very affordable so that many many people in attendance feel they are able to purchase one or multiple pieces in support of Planned Parenthood. We ask you price your work at one of the following prices: $25, $50, $75, or $100.

  • We can accept 2D & 3D WORK (included painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, etc.), unfortunately we cannot accept video work due to limited resources.

  • Sculptors: Please include what kind of pedestal is needed, or if you can supply your own. We have limited supply and will not be able to accommodate everyone.

  • Work must arrive ready to hang (except 3D work).

  • All submissions for experimental, social engagement work, discussions, workshops, readings, film screenings, performances, and any other nasty idea you want to express can be done here:

  • The LAST DAY to submit work is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 2017.

Drop off Information

Work can be dropped at Collar Works located at 621 River St. in Troy, NY on Friday October 20th from 12 PM- PM and Saturday October 21 from 10 AM - 2 PM.

If you are outside the Troy area and cannot physically drop off work – you can ship it. HOWEVER if the work does not sell you will have to pay the cost for return shipment as well*

The work must arrive by: Thursday, October 19th.  

Ship to:  
Collar Works
621 River St, Troy, NY 12180
*Please include return shipping label

Pick up Information

Work that does not sell must be picked up by Sunday, October 29 from 12 PM -3 PM. Art that is not picked up cannot be stored and therefore will be thrown away.





THIS IS THE OPEN CALL FOR: Experimental work, social engagement, workshops, film screenings, discussions, workshops, readings, screenings, performances, etc. 

About

The Feminist Art Project of Upstate NY is organizing a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It will also serve as a fundraiser to support The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood during this uncertain time. 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

We are excited to have Angel Bellaran as Guest Curator for this event. Bellaran was the Curator for "the original" Nasty Women NYC show at the Knockdown Center in Queens.

This event is organized by Madison LaVallee and Claire Sherwood, co-coordinators of The Femistint Art Project: Upstate NY. Contact us at Nastywomenofthenorth@gmail.com with any questions.


Submissions

The Nasty Women of the North event will take place at two locations in downtown Troy, New York: The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar Works. All experimental, performance work, etc. will be exhibited at The Arts Center of the Capital Region between October 27- 29 in the Black Box Theater. 

Requirements for experimental work, performance, social engagement, workshops, film screenings, discussions, readings AND any other nasty idea you want to express:

  • This is an INCLUSIVE exhibition. We will do our best to accommodate your vision, but due to the expected submissions, not all projects will be chosen.

  • Submit a proposal in 200 words or less and include all materials and/or resources you would need.

The LAST DAY to submit work is Sunday, October 1, 2017.


*All VISUAL ART (2D/3D work) is to be submitted under Nasty Women of the North: Call for VISUAL ART in Submittable: https://artscenterofthecapitalregion.submittable.com/submit/87315/nasty-women-of-the-north-call-for-...

We want your protest posters! Any and all will be exhibited at The Arts Center of the Capital Region --- even the Nasty ones!!

About

The Feminist Art Project of Upstate NY is organizing a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It will also serve as a fundraiser to support The Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood during this uncertain time. 100% of sales from artwork will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

We are excited to have Angel Bellaran as Guest Curator for this event. Bellaran was the Curator for "the original" Nasty Women NYC show at the Knockdown Center in Queens.

The Nasty Women of the North event will take place at two locations in downtown Troy, New York: The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar Works. All visual art will be exhibited at Collar Works with a public opening on Friday, October 27 from 5-9 pm.


This event is organized by Madison LaVallee and Claire Sherwood, co-coordinators of The Femistint Art Project: Upstate New York. Contact them at Nastywomenofthenorth@gmail.com with any questions.


Submissions

The Nasty Women of the North event will take place at two locations in downtown Troy, New York: The Arts Center of the Capital Region and Collar Works.

  • 100% of sales from artwork and posters will be donated to our local Planned Parenthood.

  • You may submit a maximum of 3 posters.

We want to keep the prices very affordable so that many many people in attendance feel they are able to purchase one or multiple pieces in support of Planned Parenthood. We ask you price your work at one of the following prices: $10, $15, $25, $35

Drop off Information

  • Posters can be dropped at The Arts Center located at 265 River St. in Troy, NY between Thursday, October 19th- Saturday October 21st between 10:00 A.M  -  4:00 P.M at the Front Reception Desk.
  • If you are outside the Troy area and cannot physically drop off work – you can ship it! HOWEVER if the poster  does not sell (and you would like it back) you will have to pay the cost for return shipment as well. The work must arrive by: Thursday, October 19th.



The Arts Center is hosting the third annual “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA-GCR. The event will feature writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of bras in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious.
The idea for the event developed out of a conversation between author, editor and teacher Marion Roach Smith, who taught memoir writing for many years at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, former Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA-GCR. “When we were discussing holiday needs for the residents, Malissa told me that bras are always in desperately short supply,” Roach Smith said. “This struck a powerful chord with me and we decided right there to do something about it.”

A brand new bra is part of the admission price for the night. In the two years in which the event has taken place, more than 1,000 bras have been collected, all of which have been made available to women in need.  
The event will take place on the evening of November 3rd, 2017, at The Arts Center.
Please submit pieces of no more than 750 words in length on the topic of the role of bras in our lives. They can be essays, monologues, poems or songs. Please: No sexualized pieces should be submitted.
Songs should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. 

With your submission, please include:
Title of the work
Short bio
Contact information
Whether or not you are willing to read/perform your piece.

Submissions must be received by midnight on October 16, 2017.

A jury will select from the pool. 
You will be contacted by October 23rd, 2017 about your submission.

Ends on November 19, 2017

ABOUT THIS GRANT PROGRAM

Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: 11/19/2017 @ 11:59pm

The Community Arts Grant, Arts in Education Grant and the Individual Artist Commission are administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region. These programs are funded and supported by the Decentralization (DEC) Program of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.

Founded in 1977, the DEC program forms the cornerstone of the Council’s partnership with local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link to portions of the community that might not be otherwise able to access funding from NYSCA. DEC funds are regranted locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of the Council, ensuring that New York State cultural finding reaches all 62 counties. Working within NYSCA’s DEC guidelines, each site is responsible for tailoring the grant program to the needs of the diverse communities that they serve, and all grant funding decisions are made by a panel of peers from the local communities.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is the official DEC Re-Grants Site for Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties, and has been since 1978. Our mission is to engage people in the creative experience.  We are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation, serving people of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds. We are here to assist and coach you throughout the grant process and help you be successful in order to have your project funded.  

All NYS DEC grant applicants, either returning or new, are now required to submit an “intent to apply.”  The completion of this form will register your intent to apply, and allow the Arts Center’s staff to review key details and contact you with questions or concerns prior to the application process. Once your Intent To Apply has been reviewed, and it is clear that you meet all the eligibility requirements for the grant program, you will be sent a link to the application form, and can move forward with the application process. 

In order to determine your eligibility, please read the 2018 grant guidelines carefully. For downloadable guidelines of the grant programs offered and to sign up for a free and informative grant seminar, please go to our website https://www.artscenteronline.org/earn/




Ends on October 20, 2017

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has created a professional development program, generously funded by the KeyBank Foundation, for local artists in any discipline or genre including but not limited to visual arts, performing arts, crafts, and design. The Nuts, Bolts + Beyond program will take place over a 7-month period from mid-November 2017 through May 2018. Throughout the course, artists will gain the tools to advance economic self-sufficiency and build a sustainable arts career in an entrepreneurial environment.

Nuts, Bolts & Beyond will be a transformational program to develop the skills needed to establish, operate, and strategically manage an art practice. This program asks artists to deeply examine their individual life-paths and career goals, incorporating the nuts-and-bolts business principles necessary to achieve those goals. Through professional development seminars, skills-based workshops and networking opportunities, artists will learn to identify patrons and mentors and choose the best business practices to enhance effectiveness and visibility in their chosen field. These trainings/seminars are free of charge and tailored to the unique needs and disciplines of the selected artists. Classes will be held one day/evening a week at the Arts Center starting in November. Scheduling will be defined based on the selected group and their availability.

     Artists:

  • MUST live within a 100 mile radius of the Arts Center (265 River St, Troy, NY)
  • MUST NOT be enrolled in a college or university. Proof of residency (driver's license, passport, or voter registration) must be submitted if selected. 
  • MUST have been creating art with the intent to sell for at least 2 years.
  • Who have applied to our Decentralized Regrant program and desire technical assistance are encouraged to apply. 


The application deadline is October 20, 2017. Personal interviews will be held shortly thereafter with the strongest candidates. You will be informed if you are accepted into the program by October 27, 2017.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is announcing an open call for performances during Troy Night Out. Performance groups and solo artists as well as demonstration, presentation and workshop programs are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

Submissions will be selected by the Arts Center’s Education Department based on originality, feasibility, and community interest. Selected artists/groups must exhibit work consistent with the images and proposals shown in their application.

All applications must be sent through submittable.com. You will need to create a log-in account with submittable in order to apply.

Please contact Chris Ristau at 518.273.0552 x231 or email chrisr@artscenteronline.org with any questions regarding the application process.

Playmakers Space

MONTHLY | SCRIPT WRITING | CREATE | SHARE | DISCUSS | SUPPORT

ROLLING SUBMISSIONS

This group of theatre artists focuses on the support and development of new work for the stage in the Capital Region. In this initial phase we aim to help playwrights with a strong background in theatre to develop new work. The initial sessions are aimed for those who have work they would like to be read for group feedback in order to further the development of the piece. This program will soon expand to include actors and directors and designers, as well as public readings, workshop productions, and collaboration on group pieces and showcases.

The aim is to encourage, stimulate and create a foundation for new plays by local playmakers in a collaborative and supportive setting, while at the same time involving the larger community in the creative process of new plays through readings, talk-backs, and workshops.  We hope to create a vibrant community of artist and audience, and make some great theatre!

Applications will be reviewed by the Artistic Director, Andrea Cunliffe, as well as a selected panel of advisers and Sunny da Silva, playwright and Director of Education at The Arts Center. We are specifically looking for playmakers who are innovative and brave in their willingness to explore the world of the stage and take risks. We welcome submissions from Playmakers involved in any facet of the theatre, as the goal is to create a community of those who desire to create and interpret/support new work. If it looks like you would be a good fit, you will be contacted and asked to take part in our monthly sessions, and other events/perfomances as they arise.

Andrea Cunliffe, Artistic Director  Andrea has worked professionally in theatre and broadcasting on both sides of the Atlantic since she was 12. Obtained her BA from Goodman and for 28 years she has lived and worked in London England.  As an actor she appeared in over 40 theatre productions and numerous radio plays.  As director/producer she has directed modern classics, new writing, and devised theatre pieces, she is a founding member, actor and company manager of John Calder’s’ Godot Company.  She has produced new writing, film festivals, performance art, special events and multimedia productions.  For 4 years she was Artistic Director of 11 Wardour St. Theatre, London focused mainly on new writing.   Andrea is a member of the Young Vic Directors Forum and British Equity.   Since relocating to Upstate New York she recently directed Beckett’s “Endgame”, John West’s “Jarry”, and “Tennessee Williams – the short plays” and has immersed herself in the Hudson Valley independent film industry, with 3 feature and 3 short films.



Photographer Mark McCarty will be creating black & white portraits of Troy residents with an 8x10 film camera on Sunday, September 24th at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.  This photoshoot is part of his NYSCA Decentralization Grant funded project, Faces of Troy.  Participants will be given a small print of their portrait as a token of gratitude.