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. 

Art on the Rail Trail (ART), a new initiative designed to bring public art installations to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, is excited to announce a call for artists interested in developing an original public artwork along the Rail Trail, on the bridge over Delaware Ave (the inside of the top of the bridge) in Delmar, NY. We welcome all artists to apply, but specifically encourage those who work in public art and murals. Artists, designers, studios, and teams may submit multiple concepts for this project, and artists from any location are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to Capital Region artists and those from the surrounding area (defined by artists living within a 100-mile radius from the Town of Bethlehem).

ART was conceived of to enrich the experiences of visitors to the Rail Trail and to encourage usage of the trail by local residents as well as regional visitors. This committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is a collaboration between town residents, local nonprofits, with Town, County and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce representation. This will be our third mural along the trail and it will ideally be another iconic mural that becomes a landmark for both locals and visitors enjoying the Rail Trail.

Application Deadline: Initial applications are due at or before August 24th at 11:59pm 

Guidelines: Town Zoning requires that text should take up no more than 3% of the overall design. Although this is a public space and work should be suitable for all ages, we are open to creative suggestions for this space—all styles/themes will be considered. There are photos of the site our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Art-on-the-Rail-Trail-1781819198798246/

Each side of the bridge spans 100 feet with 16 flat panels that range in size:

  • End panels are approx 44 x 35 inches
  • Most are 60 x 35 inches
  • Three big ones are 82 x 35 inches
  • Artist may propose to paint the inside panels only or the whole inside part of the bridge but no paint can be on top of the bridge or the side facing roadway

Applications should include:

· Artist’s resume (listing all public art projects)

· Names and email addresses of two references

· 5 to 10 representative digital images of your work

· A written proposal (up to 750 words) with initial imagery to demonstrate your concept for the space.

Artists are encouraged to visit the site at their convenience. Direct any questions about the project and site to art@mohawkhudson.org

Evaluation Process

The selection committee will judge proposals on the following criteria:

· Quality, originality, and appeal of the concept,

· Concept’s appropriateness for the site, and

· Artist’s proven capacity for timely completion of the project.

Notification of Award

Finalists may be asked to attend a public meeting in early September with the following prepared:

· Finalized image of your project (ideally shown on the space),

· Explanation of the concepts and goals, and

· Budget and timeline for the completion of the work.

Award amount: Between $2000 and $3000 depending on proposed budget (please include artist fee, necessary paint and supplies, and artist's insurance)

Final selection to be announced by mid-September. Final project completion date: within a month of final selection. Dedication in mid to late October.

For more information visit www.mohawkhudson.org/ART or email ART@mohawkhudson.org.Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions. We are eager to find the right partner for this project.

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 Business of Art - Extended Series will take place over a 7-month period from November 6, 2018 through May 14, 2019. Throughout the course, artists will gain the tools to advance economic self-sufficiency and build a sustainable arts career in an entrepreneurial environment.

The Extended Series will be a transformational program to develop the skills needed to establish, operate, and strategically manage your 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 weelly professional development sessions, 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. This series is 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.


  • MUST live within a 100 mile radius of the Arts Center (265 River St, Troy, NY) 
  • Note: Proof of residency (driver's license, passport, or voter registration) must be submitted if selected
  • MUST NOT be enrolled in a college or university. 
  • 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 September 16th, 2018. Personal interviews will be held shortly thereafter with the strongest candidates. You will be informed if you are accepted into the program by September 24th, 2018.


Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: 11/18/2018 @ 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 2019 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 18, 2018, 11:59pm EST

Final Application: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:59pm EST

For Projects Taking Place April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020

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

Submissions will be selected by the Arts Center's Curator with the help of a committee of 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. Artwork selected from the call will be scheduled from in 2019-20, and will range from approximately 3-6 weeks in length. 

Selected artists must exhibit work consistent with the images 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. There is not a deadline for this application.

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

Playmakers Space



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.

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. 

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