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. 

Rensselaer County Counts Contest!

The 2020 Census is underway, and the results will determine how more than $675 billion federal dollars are distributed across our nation and right here at home, for schools, roads, hospitals, and more. The census impacts congressional districts and representation, too!

We need a full and accurate count of Rensselaer County so that we can get all the funding we deserve!

We are asking YOU to create the most engaging, inspiring, creative, and culturally relevant video to promote census awareness here in Rensselaer County.

The Contest

Teens from ages 13-19 are invited to submit a video, between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, to be broadcast by the Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee to promote awareness of, and participation in, the 2020 Census.

The winning video will address the purpose and power of the census, relaying direct facts on the census’ impact on Rensselaer County. 

Videos are due by 11:59PM on May 22, 2020. Late submissions will not be considered.

The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize.  

Five runners up will receive $100 each. 

The Format

  • Be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length
  •  Be in a compatible YouTube format with the proper codecs: MPEG4; MOV, AVI, WMV, with suggested aspect of 16:9
  •  Be shot in horizontal format 

The Content

· All videos must be fact-based and contain no misleading or false information

· All videos must engage Rensselaer County residents as the primary audience 

  • All videos are strongly encouraged to
    • Contain a balance of emotional storytelling and clear, relevant, motivating information
    • Speak to the tangible benefits of the census. For example, the census means funding for your community for critical services like hospitals, health care, education, roads, SNAP, and more. 

It also determines how many representatives your state will have in the House of Representatives; these are the people who will vote on issues that deeply impact your life and community.

  • Convey Key messages: 
    • It has never been easier to respond on your own, either online, by phone, or by mail, without having to meet a census taker 
    • Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up 

The Music 

  •  Any music used must be in the “public domain”, meaning you have permission to use it, and we have permission to broadcast it
  •  We have compiled a selection of music to choose from, found at www.artscenteronline.org
  •  Or you can compose your own, however
  •  Any video using music that is not from the preapproved list and is not an original composition will be disqualified. 

The Rules 

  •  All applicants must complete the full application found at www.artscenteronline.org;
  •  Applicant must be permanent residents of Rensselaer County;
  •  Minors under the age of 18 may apply but must submit a consent form signed by a parent or guardian;
  • Videos exceeding the length requirements or submitted after the stated deadline will not be reviewed;
  • \ The creator of the winning video, and any or all runner up videos, will give unconditional permission for their videos to be broadcast by the Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee at their discretion.



Thank you for you interest in The Art Center of the Capital Region's Mural Project. The City of Troy requests that all murals on public view (ie on buildings or streets) are pre-approved by the City of Troy, even if you own your building.  Art in the public eye reflects on our community, and we want to help you make your mural the best it can be. 

The Art Center would like to be your guide to a pre-approved project. 

Please answer and submit all required documentation.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region