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.
Transport Troy and The Arts Center of the Capital Region present:

What are we looking for?

PARK(ing) Day | Park your Art in Troy

Collar City Ramble is Partnering with the City of Troy to offer up 3 parking spots for long-term installations to be active from September 14 to September 29 for Troy Night Out, and five parking spots for short-term projects from September 14 to 16.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat …at least until the meter runs out.

International Parking day is September 14, however, to coincide with the Ramble & Troy Night Out we are PARK(ing) Troy-style.

(5) $100 awards will be made to fund 5 short term spots: September 14th – September 16th

A jury selected by Collar City Ramble will review the submissions and make announcements on August 6th.  Contracts will immediately follow and $100 will be paid upon completion of your project for presentation (09/14). Must be complete by end of day September 13.

(3) $500 awards will be made to fund six long term spots: September 14th - September 29th

A jury selected by Collar City Ramble will review the submissions and make announcements on August 1.  Contracts will immediately follow and $250 will be awarded a contract, $250 upon the completion of your project. Must be complete by end of day September 13.

We are inviting artists, designers, architects and Troy business owners to submit plans for a parking space that engages Troy, both its natural and its built environment.  

Sculpture/installation/projects must available for public interaction for the time frame applied for.

Please Include

An overall sketch of your project.

Please address the following challenges:

  1. What materials do you intend to use and how will they hold up to wind and rain?

  2. Do you plan to use a ground cover?  What is it?

  3. How do you plan to maintain the project if it breaks or wears out?

  4. What security concerns would you have for the project and how would you address those?

  5. Do you need continuous power to your project? Do you need power at installation and de-installation?

  6. While we can not promise any particular location, does your project have any citing requirements or would a particular street or spot influence your design?  

Please Note

Think of who will see the space, downtown workers, visitors to Troy, friends, and neighbors.

Think of how your project can promote impromptu conversation.

Be safe! No sharp edges, saw blades or venomous snakes.

We ask that you don’t remove your project by simply leaving materials behind as waste.

Your project will be insured for general liability but NOT property, so no crown jewels!

Added fun! All projects will participate in a community vote program, with the winners announced at Troy Night Out.

Would you like to learn more! We did! We turned to the PARK(ing) Day Manual, available http://parkingday.org/resources/

CLICK HERE for a printable pdf version of the call.

The RCS Community Library in Ravena is excited to announce a call for artists and design/build teams interested in developing, creating and installing a new space within the Library for playful learning for children from infants to age five. We welcome all artists and designers to apply, but specifically encourage those who work in public art, carpentry, woodworking, set design and sculpture. We encourage the organization of teams that include an artist, architect/designer, and carpenter/builder. 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 Ravena).

 

Entitled “Itty Bitty RCS,” there are two goals for this space: 1) to encourage children and their caretakers to engage in play activities that support the development of executive function and early literacy skills; and 2) to strengthen a sense of place.

 

Itty Bitty RCS will create an environment rich in activities that promote active learning. The space will help prepare children to learn in formal academic environments by encouraging them to engage in play that supports early/emerging literacy and numeracy skills. Examples include pretend weighing and measuring, and opportunities for dramatic storytelling by young children.  Research demonstrates that caregiver engagement is key to children’s developing language and social-emotional skills. Itty Bitty RCS will encourage interaction between children and caregivers by incorporating adult - sized fixtures, such as stools, and opportunities for dialogic play amid play zones.

 

Examples of skills and potential implementations:

  • Letter recognition/reading
    • magnet board with letters for signs
    • signs and labels
  • Drawing/writing
    • whiteboard/magnadoodle
    • pads for taking food orders, etc.,
    • paper for “writing”/ colored paper for illustrations
    • address envelopes for post office/postcards
  • Talking/singing
    • whisper tubes/telephone
    • puppet theaters/performance space
    • dress up costumes
    • books
    • dramatic play
    • rhyme matching
    • matching images of musical instruments
  • Play that supports spatial awareness, manipulative skills and numeracy
    • building blocks
    • sorting games
    • toy telephones
    • cash register /pretend buying
    • puzzles
    • toy measuring tapes, level, scales, gears, measuring cups
    • play clock


Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk is a school and library district with a population of 15,000. The district is an amalgamation of communities near the Hudson. Ravena started as a railroad town, and then later became home to one of the largest cement factories in North America, and until recent decades had a classic American Main Street. The rail yards later moved up to Selkirk. Coeymans  Landing and New Baltimore drew their livelihood from the river - the Port of Coeymans is the largest employer in  an area that historically included brickyards and mushroom farms. Coeymans Hollow and Feura Bush are more rural and agricultural. The working name for the play area is Itty Bitty RCS. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Bender Family Foundation and Senator George Amedore.

 

Ways that our two goals might be incorporated include but are not limited to:

  • A shipping port where a mechanical toy crane loads and unloads packages at an area designed to look like a port - a chalkboard could be included where kids could write or draw ports of call or cargo, and scales would allow kids to weigh the toy cargo.
  • A market where kids could shop for local produce, making shopping lists, weighing items and then adding them up at a cash register
  • A construction area where builders use bricks, thread together pipes, draw plans, turn gears and consult local maps

 

PROJECT SPECIFICS

This space needs to be clearly delineated from other parts of the Library. See floor plan and pictures of current space at  www.RCScommunitylibrary.org/itty-bitty-rcs-call. We see these walls as a way to reinforce thematic elements and make the playful learning visually appealing. The rest of the Library will remain open during construction. The ideal proposal would include elements for kids, ages birth to five, but the primary focus is on the preschool age. All aspects should have broad gender appeal. We have a budget of $20,000, inclusive, and the dedicated space will be up to 700 sq. ft.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE & REQUIREMENTS

Applications are due at or before 11:59pm on Monday, September 11, 2017 online at http://tinyurl.com/IttyBittyRCS.

An Open House for interested individuals is scheduled at the Library on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 from 7-8pm at 95 Main Street, Ravena, NY. Applicants are not required to attend, but strongly encouraged.

Applications must include:

  • Contact information for lead applicant
  • Resume for every team member
  • 2 letters of recommendations for team or lead applicant
  • Up to 10 representative digital images of your work
  • A written proposal (up to 1,000 words) with initial imagery to demonstrate your concepts for the space
  • Cover letter mentioning your interest in the project, experience working with team members (if applicable), familiarity with children’s play activities and/or willingness to learn, and any other information you want us to know about you and your team.

 

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

The selection committee will choose up to three finalists will be announced by mid-October. A small fee will be provided to finalists to prepare a public presentation in early October that will include the following:

·      Finalized images of your project (ideally rendered on the space),

·      Explanation of the concepts and materials,

·      Budget and timeline for the completion of the work.

For more information visit  www.RCScommunitylibrary.org/itty-bitty-rcs-call, or email RCS Community Library Director, Judith Wines, at director@rcscommunitylibrary.org.

 

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions. We are eager to find the right partner for this project!

 

 

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.

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 2 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.

Pick up Information

  • Posters that do not sell must be picked up on Monday, October 30th during normal business hours: 9:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.  Posters that are not picked up cannot be stored and therefore will be thrown away.


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 Friday, September 15, 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.  If works are being shipped please e-mail  info@collarworks.org for Collar Works Fedex Account #. 

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.





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 Friday, September 15, 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-...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! We are volunteer-run and can only do so much. 

  • Please spread the word to friends and family with #Nastywomenofthenorth
  • Most importantly come visit our exhibition on October, 27th, 2017!
  • We will gladly accept monetary donations and all artwork will be available for purchase at the opening at on October 27, 2017 at Collar Works (located at 621 River Street, Troy, NY). 

If you cannot make a donation in person, you can donate directly here : https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?df_id=24415&24415.donation=form1&s_designeeid=1123





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.



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/