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. 

Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: 11/17/2019 @ 11:59pm

The Community Arts Grant, Arts Education Grant and the Individual Artist Commission  are available in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties through a competitive re-grant program administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region (ACCR). Funds are provided on a statewide basis through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization (DEC) Program to develop high quality arts projects and programming including performing, literary, media, and visual arts and to contribute to region’s communities by providing opportunities for the public to experience and engage with the arts. Emphasis is placed on the quality and artistic merit of proposed projects and the depth and authenticity of audience experience, participation and engagement.
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) provides state funding to arts and cultural organizations. The Decentralization Program (DEC) was established in 1977 to reach out to communities that might not otherwise be able to access state funds. Local arts agencies, like the ACCR, help administer the DEC Program on a local level to make arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse populations, and to increase the vitality of and livability in local communities and neighborhoods in every county.
The ACCR has been the official DEC Re-Grants site for Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties 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 aid in the success of your project proposal.

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 2020 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 http://www.artscenteronline.org/grants/
Important Deadlines:
Intent to Apply Submission: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11:59pm EST
Final Application: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 11:59pm EST
For Projects Taking Place April 1st 2020 – March 31st 2021

 The Arts Center of the Capital Region is partnering with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region for their 5th Annual “Brava!”, a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women and girls that live at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the Greater Capital Region at no cost. The event will feature writers from around the region and beyond who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres 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 with tags is part of the $35 admission price for the night. In the three 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 and girls in need. The event will take place on the evening of November 8th, 2019, from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY.
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 15, 2019.
A jury will select from the pool. You will be contacted by October 21st, 2019 about your submission.

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 is on Monument Square in historic downtown Troy, New York. Occupying 36,000 feet of art studios, classrooms, and galleries, The Arts Center is located within a neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and other attractions, including the popular and well attended Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market.

Call for entries available: April 29, 2019
Application deadline: January 28, 2020
Acceptance notification: February 28, 2020
Booth notification contract and Booth fee balance due: March 28, 2020
Failure to meet booth fee deadline will result in loss of your space.

Friday April 24 5-8PM

Saturday April 25 10AM-4PM

Sunday April 26 11AM-3PM

The Collar City Craft Fest Committee seeks applications from outstanding artists/craftspeople who create original works from their own designs in metal, fiber, clay, glass, paper, wood, mixed media, leather and more. A panel of jurors will select participants on the basis of the originality, variety, and quality of work.

Interested participants should complete an online application and upload 5 images no later than January 28th, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The non-refundable application fee must also be paid online at the time of application submission. Five of the images must represent the work that you intend to show, and one must illustrate your booth. Booth appearance will count as part of your overall jury score.
Two or more non-collaborating exhibitors may share a single booth space, provided each applicant separately submits six images and each submits the application fee. Applicants who collaborate on all works are not required to submit separate applications and fees.

Spaces will be available throughout the first and second floors of The Arts Center, including the Main Gallery, Foyer/Wallace Gallery, Black Box Theatre, Faculty Student Gallery, and the Dance, and Drawing Studios. Actual floor plan will be finalized after jurying. Spaces will be assigned by The Arts Center staff and jury panel. Decisions determining space requested by multiple artists will be based upon application filing date with earlier submissions taking precedence. Note to past participants: If you are once again selected to participate, we cannot guarantee the same space assigned in the past. Upon submission, you will rank your top 5 choices. Booth fees will be due after you have been notified of acceptance. All fees are non-refundable. Photos of galleries, studios and theater are available on our website on the event page.

Application Fee:
$25 (non-refundable) due at the time of application submission.
Must be paid online.


 Set ups require free-standing walls or dividers on 3 sides.
All tables must be skirted to the floor.
All food/beverage vendors will be in one "small batch artisanal good" themed room upstairs.
Electricity will be available to all booths. You must bring your own electrical cords.

1st Floor Artists

Main Gallery

  • Booths #1-10, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 10ft by 10ft-  Price: $250.00
  • OR
  • 10ft Wide by 8ft Deep - Price: $200.00

Wallace & Foyer Gallery

  • Booths #13-19, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 8ft Deep-  Price: $175.00
  • Notes: Lower Ceilings

Black Box Theater

  • Booths #20-30, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 10ft Deep- Price: $175.00
  • Notes: Bring Extra Lighting, Bring Long Extension Cords

2nd Floor Artists

Drawing Studio: Artisanal, Small Batch Food & Beverage Room

  • Booths #31-38, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 6ft Deep- Price: $100.00 Booth
  • Notes: Bring Enough Samples to Pass Around Downstairs

Dance Studio

  • Booths #39-45, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 6ft Deep- Price: $100.00 Booth

Other Spaces

Gallery: Art’s Bar

Booth #11: Raffles

Booth #12: Art Demos

NEW TO 2020
Please provide one raffle item to be donated to The Arts Center to encourage participant interaction. Help us help you! The more raffles we have, the more attendees we can attract. Minimum value must be $20.00. We will be sure to supply business cards next to your raffle item.


  • Participating artists will get:
  • Digital post cards and flyers to market the show 
  • 12 free passes to the show to distribute to special guests
  • Volunteer assistance with load in/load out
  • Scheduled breaks, booth-sitters provided (if needed) 
  • Networking with fellow crafters/artists
  • Inclusion on promotional marketing and posters
  • Breakfast Saturday


    Our Mission: The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages 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 a multi-arts center located in downtown Troy, NY.
    www.artscenteronline.org 265 River St., Troy, NY 12180

    Please contact Jackie Davis at jackie@artscenteronline.org

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce a Call for Artists. Submissions will be considered for opportunities including solo exhibitions, small and large group exhibitions, installation possibilities, and more. Visual artists in all media - clay arts, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, and mixed media presentations - are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Artists must live within a 100 mile radius of Troy, NY to be considered. Proof of residency may be required if selected.   

Submissions will be selected by the Arts Center with the help of a committee of professional artists, curators, and/or arts professionals. Artists who have exhibited at the Arts Center in the last 2 years (not including the Fence Show) are not eligible. All works must be original and completed within the last five years. Exhibitions selected from the call will be scheduled from August 2020 onward, and will range from approximately 4-12 weeks in length. 

Selected artists must exhibit work consistent with the images and proposals shown in their application. Any artists submitting video or digital media must provide their own equipment if selected.  

All applications must be sent through submittable.com. You will need to create a log-in account with submittable in order to apply. The deadline is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59PM.   

This application is for artists only. We are not accepting group show or exhibitions at this time.

Our curator will be in touch with you if you have been selected for a future opportunity. 

Please email callforart@artscenteronline.org with any questions regarding the application process. No phone calls please. 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region