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.
Ends on November 18, 2016


Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: 11/18/2016 @ 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 2017 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/

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.

We are interested in experienced, imaginative and collaborative Teaching Artists who want to become a part of our diverse and talented artistic family. Dedication to the craft, a desire for excellence, a generosity of spirit, and a love of sharing what you know with others are traits that define our most successful Teaching Artists. Must be willing to partner with us, creating a buzz in your medium’s network,  in order to build a strong student base.

Interested applicants must submit a completed class proposal, a current resume, a list of at least two professional references, and a portfolio (or link to website) or creative/professional work, if applicable. Please send/upload all requested materials via the online form. Once all documents are received they will be reviewed by the Director of Education, and you will be contacted for an interview if your services and proposal fit our current needs. Please understand that we can not accept or use all proposals, as much as we would like to. If the need for your specific discipline or area of expertise is not asked for below, it is highly suggested that you review our current offerings, and propose something that fills a niche we do not serve at the moment.

We are currently looking for part-time instructors for the following discipline areas, but if you do not see your discipline and have a great idea, send it in! All CRAFT teaching positions require an MFA or 5+ years of dedicated experience in the medium.


  • Jewelry / Metalworking
  • Stained Glass
  • Woodworking / furniture making
  • Fiber Arts


  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe CC In Design
  • Digital Music
  • Tech Art / Electronic Arts
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Any specific focus of one of the programs offered)
  • Film-making


  • Chef’s who specialize in any specific ethnic cuisine
  • Chocolate Making
  • Meat/Fish curing
  • Cider, Beer or Wine making










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.

The Arts Center is hosting the second 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 teaches memoir writing at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA-GCR. “When we were discussing holiday needs for the residents, Malissa told me that one thing 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.”

The event will be emceed by Susan Arbetter, the Albany-based State Capitol Correspondent and News & Public Affairs Director for WCNY Syracuse Public Television, host and producer of The Capitol Pressroom on WRVO Radio, and political analyst for North Country Public Radio. 

The event will take place on the evening of November 4th, 2016, 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. 
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 14, 2016.
A jury will select from the pool. 
You will be contacted by October 21st, 2016 about your submission.