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 announced a call for artists interested in developing an original public artwork for the north-facing wall of a Town of Bethlehem-owned building (90 Adams Street, Delmar, NY) facing the Rail Trail at Adams Street and Hudson Avenue. We welcome all artists to apply, but specifically encourage those who work in public art, murals, and mosaic. 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 new committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is a collaboration between town residents, local nonprofits, with Town, County and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce representation. While the ultimate goal is to commission various works of public art up and down the trail, this pilot project consists of one mural to be painted this year, dedicated in October. Our ideal project would create an iconic mural that becomes a landmark for both locals and visitors enjoying the Rail Trail. In line with the vision of the Friends of the Rail Trail, we encourage mural concepts that focus on the themes of connectivity and movement. For more information and to see pictures and a diagram of the wall, visit http://mohawkhudson.org/ART/. When viewing wall photo, please note: artists can consider painting the soffit (the large brown overhang at the top of the wall) and the windows, which can be boarded over. 

Application Deadline

Initial applications are due at or before 11:59pm on July 31, 2017.

An Open House for interested artists is scheduled at the wall on Thursday, June 29th, from 6:00-7:00pm, at 90 Adams Street, Delmar, NY. Applicants are not required to attend, but strongly encouraged.

Applications should include:

·      Artist’s resume (listing all public art projects)
·      2 letters of recommendations or references with contact info.
·      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


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 will be announced by mid-August.


The selection committee will choose up to three finalists to make a public presentation in early September that will include the following:

·      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.

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 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



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.