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Arts Thrive and grow awardees!

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is proud to announce that it has awarded $474,000 in Arts Thrive and Grow grants in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. 127 grants have been awarded to artist-led projects, community partnerships with artists and direct artist support.

“This year’s’ applications prove that our region is growing in creative output, innovative thinking and service to our community” says Joseph Mastroianni, ACCR’s VP of Programs and director of the grant program.

Arts Thrive and Grow is funded by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature through a special Senate Initiative.

The Arts Center received 315 applications totaling $2,075,000 in requests. “We have seen this program grow from 60 applications in 2019 to over 300 today, and we thank New York State for helping us foster this incredible growth of our community” says ACCR CEO Elizabeth Reiss. The following artists and projects  have been funded in the 2024 round.

Artist in the Community Grants

Deyva Arthur – Rensselaer – Street Memorials/Street Peace Beacon

Melanie Chirignan – Schenectady – Community Listening Parties for EP Release

Robert Cusato – Schenectady – Illustrating and Designing Your Own Comic Book and Drawing and Painting

Maria DeAngelo – Albany – Past to Present Art Experiences

Kayla Ek – Schenectady – Nightmare on Jay Street Market

Yael Erel – Rensselaer – Light installation for “The other side of silence” Operatic production

Rachael Lorimer – Rensselaer – 2024 Upstate NY Printmaker’s Showcase

Ira Marcks – Rensselaer – Finding your Voice Through Comics with Columbia High School

Ira Marcks – Rensselaer – Finding your Voice Through Comics with Troy High School

Nicholas Payton – Rensselaer – Good Trouble Audio Club: Empowering Capital Region Students through Music and Social Media

Pauline Saunders – Schenectady – Love Where You Live Mural

Richard Wang – Schenectady – From Breath to Brush: Finding the Heart of ShuFa

Jade Warrick – Rensselaer – Amplified Voices – The Artistic Bridge Hybrid Program

Scott Womer – Rensselaer – Song City Showcase and INK Songwriting Retreat

Mallory Zondag – Schenectady – Entangled Threads: Exploring Fiber and Fungi through Community Art

Artist in the Studio Grants

Alicia Barton – Albany – Art by Mail

Angela Beallor – Rensselaer – (H)Aunties: We Queer Ancestors

Judith Braun – Albany – ARCANA

Melanie Chirignan – Schenectady – Subject to Change-Improvisational Compositions

Elijah Gaddy – Schenectady – Pleasantries

Daysia Hiller – Albany – The Unseen

Ellie Irons – Rensselaer – Vessels for Deep Time Seed Futures

Michael Janairo – Albany – Straight to Hell: Speaking English in Quotation

azurĂ© keahi – Rensselaer – Othered Vessels

Megan Kinney – Albany – Joy during Grief

Emmalyn Knapp – Albany – Gnarly: An Exploration of Texture on Wood Fired Vessels

Leah Loftin – Albany – A Certain Cure for the Bite of a Mad Dog [a short film]

Maura Marcks – Rensselaer – Empowered Pockets

Daniel Nester – Albany – Here’s Where The Story Ends: A Professor’s Memoir

Sara Pruiksma – Albany – Mother.

Justin Rivers – Schenectady – Frontiers in Every Direction – A Jazz Collaboration

Phoebe Rotter – Albany – Closer Than They Appear

Jess Stapf – Albany – Familiar Distortion

Maya Suchak – Albany – A Walk for every Season

Lenora Thornton – Rensselaer – 4/4: Celebrating Graphic Design in Dance Music

Community Arts Grants

440 State St. Inc. – Schenectady – Sound Palette at Jazz on Jay

Albany Medical Center Foundation Inc. – Albany – Create While You Wait

Albany Public Library – Albany – Cultural Horizons at Albany Public Library: Indian Music and Story Time

Albany Public Library Foundation DBA: Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library (FFAPL) – Albany – Art @ Albany Public Library

Albany Voices of Pride, Inc. – Albany – 2024 Concert Series “Rise Up! & Celebrate!”

Arvilla E Diver Memorial Library – Rensselaer – Let’s Make a Song!

Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. – Rensselaer – Black Dimensions in Art, Inc.: A Legacy of Agency and Influence

Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY, Inc. – Albany – Season 24-25 Production of BERTA, BERTA by Angelica Cheri

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, Inc. – Albany – Lyricism 101

Bring on the Spectrum, Inc. – Albany – The Spectrum of Creative Arts

Chinese Community Center of Capital District of New York, Inc. – Albany – Peking Opera Artistry: Master the stage with Chinese Performing Arts

Choose Cohoes For Art – Albany – Artists Show Case 13

Confetti Stage Inc. – Albany – ConfettiFest XX

Creative Action Unlimited Inc. – Rensselaer – Social Justice Artists Conference

Cycle Schenectady – Schenectady – Color the Canal: May the Trail Be With You

Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation – Schenectady – Jay Square Artscape

Downtown Troy Business Improvement District – Rensselaer – Rockin’ on the River

Lansingburgh Historical Society – Rensselaer – River Poems 2024

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County – Rensselaer – In Our Own Words

Mohawk Valley Society for Live Music – Schenectady – Porchfest Schenectady 2024

Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Inc. – Schenectady – “A Waterbird Talk & Opera Performance, composed by Dominick Argento

Nelson A Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center – Albany – Raga Massive Series

Nopiates Committee, Inc. – Rensselaer – Transformation Project – A Project to Foster Exploration

NY Capital Region Romanian-American Heritage Association, Inc. – Albany – Increase Cultural Awareness for Romanian Folkloric Arts

Oakwood Community Center – Troy – Oakwood Expressions: Artistic Themes & Designs Devised by Communities Coming Together

Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus Inc. – Albany – Expanding Access to Regional Arts Institutions for Newcomer Children

Refugee Welcome Corporation – Albany – Art Beyond Borders: Indian Music Workshops at West Hill RWC

Rensselaer County Historical Society – Troy – Nights at the (Hart Cluett) Museum

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc – Rensselaer – Rensselaer County Writing the Land

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region – Albany – Arts &Hearts

Russell Sage College – Albany – Opalka Fall Exhibitions

Safe Inc. of Schenectady – Schenectady – Freedom Links-Public art outdoor art displayed at Schenectady High School based on Human trafficking

Sand Lake Center for the Arts/Circle Theater Players – Rensselaer – SLCA ArtShare24

Schenectady County Historical Society – Schenectady – Shadows of History (Full Moon Immersive Theater and Summer Immersive Theater)

Schenectady Greenmarket Inc – Schenectady – Schenectady Greenmarket Music Stage

Schenectady Museum Association/Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) – Schenectady – Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion (traveling exhibit) at miSci

Social Justice Center of Albany, Inc. – Albany – Jail Visiting With Dignity Project

South End Children’s Cafe – Albany – South End Children’s Cafe Transformative Youth-Led Murals

Strong Owls Inc. – Schenectady – An Ampowbrilresary Art Explosion & Creatively You

Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Inc. – Rensselaer – Makerspace Artist Residency: Art in the Digital Age

The RED Bookshelf – Albany – Views: Connecting Literacy to Filmmaking

Troy Foundry Theatre, Inc. – Rensselaer – Half-Baked Festival of Emerging Work

Troy Public Library – Rensselaer – Adult Programming at Troy Public Library Fall 2024

Troy Public Library – Rensselaer – 2024 Troy Public Library Fall Festival

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, Inc – Rensselaer – Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Produce Passport – Summer

United Way of the Greater Capital Region – Albany – Summer Meals Collaborative

Wildwood Programs, Inc. – Albany – Community Integrated Arts Program

Will Kempe’s Players Cooperative – Rensselaer – Will Kempe’s Players 2024 Summer Season: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” and “Midsummer Madness”

Young Musicians Forum Inc – Schenectady – Young Musicians Forum Concert Series

General Operating Support Grants

Youth FX Inc. – Albany

Albany Center Galleries, Inc – Albany

Albany Pro Musica – Rensselaer

Albany Barn Inc – Albany

Contemporary Circus and Immersive Arts Center – Rensselaer

CREATE Community Studios – Schenectady

Schenectady Light Opera Company, Inc. – Schenectady

Arts Letters and Numbers Inc – Rensselaer

New York Folklore Society, Inc. – Schenectady

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