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. 

Restart NY Regrant Guidelines

Application Deadline: 10/27/21

For Projects Taking Place July 1st 2021 – June 30th 2022

*Please note, this grant allows retroactive awards for performances and events that occurred starting on and after July 1st 2021.


Restart NY Regrants are offered as part of NYSCA’s Recovery Fund Initiative meant to help support New York’s return to live performance and in-person events. These grants are designed to support live performance projects, as well as projects that feature a public program or presentation.

The RESTART NY REGRANT FUNDS are administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region and can fund projects that take place in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties. These grants are awarded for in-person performances and events occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.


  • The panel will review applications in early November
  • All applicants will be notified of their funding status no later than November 23rd, 2021. 


Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: 11/26/2021 @ 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) Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) 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.


Intent to Apply Submission: Friday, November 26, 2021, 11:59pm EST

Final Application: Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:59pm EST

For Projects Taking Place April 1st 2022 – June 30st 2023



-Applicants must reside in Albany, Schenectady, or Rensselaer Counties

-You may not apply if you are currently receiving or applying for DIRECT NYSCA funding

-Only non-profit organizations may apply or artists who are fiscally sponsored by a non-profit

-Projects MUST take place in the same county as the non-profit organization 

    *Please note artists do not have to reside in the same county as their non-profit fiscal sponsor

     (EXAMPLE: You can be an artist living in Troy and be fiscally sponsored by a non-profit in Albany BUT

     the project must take place in Albany)


-Applicants must reside in Albany, Schenectady, or Rensselaer Counties

-Applicants must include active community engagement for their projects

         (EXAMPLE: A public exhibit, presentation, artist talk, interactive events)

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) provides state funding to arts and cultural organizations. The Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) 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 SCR 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 SCR 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 SCR grant applicants, either returning or new, are 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 2022 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/


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. 

Do you have an idea to create?

Do you have a location to create your work at?

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

Please answer and submit all required documentation.

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