May 17, 2023

The Arts Center of the Capital Region Announces $265,897 in Grant Awards to Artists, Arts Initiatives and Arts Organizations

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the distribution of $510,000 in grants through the New York State Council on the Arts Statewide Community Regrants Program. The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, will be distributed in two funding cycles to support art programs occurring between June 1st, 2023, and December 31st, 2023, in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties.

“We are dedicated to cultivating a thriving artistic community in our region, and we are delighted to provide support to artists from all backgrounds and disciplines. Our aim is to fund projects that have a lasting impact, contributing to the vibrancy and vitality of our community,” says Joseph Mastroianni, the Vice President of Programs and SCR Grant Coordinator at the Arts Center.

In total, 76 projects received funding in the first round, with the potential to reach an audience of 50,000. These projects showcase a diverse range of artistic expression and will undoubtedly enrich the cultural landscape of the Capital Region.

Assemblymember John T. McDonald III, RPh said “As a New York State Assemblymember, I’m committed to securing resources that benefit our community, and the New York State Statewide Community Regrants program is a valuable tool in achieving that goal. By supporting grassroots initiatives, this program makes a real difference in the lives of residents throughout our region, and I’m proud to be part of this effort.”

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is proud to continue its commitment to support and celebrate the arts in our community. We look forward to seeing the incredible work that our grantees will produce and the positive impact they will have on our region.

Congratulations to Round 1 grantees!


 $62,500 was awarded for Individual Artist Grants for 25 projects

Albany County

Cara Hanley: In Search of Light: A Mental Health Zine

Courtney Staton: Tell Me How You Loved Me

Elijah Gaddy: Tails Side Up

Maria  DeAngelo: Create Your Dreams Mural

Peyton Harrison: A Place Where Dreams Believe

Taina Asili: Fever Pitch

Victoria van der Laan: Pay-What-You-Can Exhibition

Rensselaer County

Ali Herrmann: In Focus

Angela Beallor: Past as Material: 1996 E. 9th Street

Yael Erel: Reverberating Light

Dierdre Shea: Earth Furniture

Chris Hefner: Ghost Sanctuary Exhibition

Ellie Irons: Medicine Garden

Michaela DAnnenbrink: Watercolor Workshop Series

Andrea LaRose: Artist Exhibition and Public Workshop

Ellie Irons: Feral Hues on Estuarial Fill: Current-day Troy, NY edition

Natan Diacon-Furtado: Azulejo Vivo (Living Tile)

azuré keahi: Medicinal Garden Project

Schenectady County

Brett L. Wery: Opus Aurum Chamber Opera

Chris Chandler: Through and through: A new work for flute, piano, and electronics composed by Christopher Chandler for Duo Axis

CindySchultz: Fathers we Are

Jorge Luna: The Other

Mallory Zondag: Connective Fibers

Oscar Alberto Bogran: Schenectady Night out “light installation”

Sarah Boink: The Threads that Bind Us


$172,597 was awarded for Community Arts Grants for 37 projects

Albany County

American Labor Studies Center: Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot  Historical Musical Drama at Cohoes Music Hall

Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.: Music Around the World

Festival Celebration, Inc.: Beyond Boundaries

Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm, Inc.: Flax Apprenticeship and Flax Showcase Event

Mendelssohn Club of Albany, NY, INC.: Expanding Mendelssohn Club Activities

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy: Fantastical Creatures Site-Specific Installation and Drawing Workshop for Youth

New Russia Cultural Center: The Memorial Prayer Project

Noteworthy Resources of Albany, Inc.: Community Art & Mindfulness

Red Bookshelf Inc.: The Art of Storytelling

Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus Inc.: Refugee Kids Laugh and Learn

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region: Arts & Hearts at RMHC-CR

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region: Young Futures Financial Literacy Art Program

The Friends of Pruyn House: Young Actors Guild Huck Finn.

Upstitch: Flying with Fabric

Wildwood Programs, Inc.: Community Integrates Theater Arts Show

Rensselaer County

Arts Letters and Numbers inc: Doors of Hope Community Mural Project

Collar Works, Inc.: FLOCKart

Friends of Prospect Park Foundation, Inc.: Circus in the Park Festival

Julia Weston: Barn Quilt Painting Classes with Valley Falls Youth Commission

Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein and the Town of East Greenbush: Arts in the Parks: An East Greenbush Community Arts Experience

Mount Ida Preservation Association: FlagSSS Day Workshop and Gallery Events

The Box Party: The Box Party Project

Troy Foundry Theatre, Inc.: Half Baked: A Festival of Emerging Work

Troy Rehabilitation Improvement Program, Inc.: Hillside North Stories of Home

Unity House of Troy, Inc.: Healing and Placemaking: Local artists engage with youth to create community-responsive public art

Schenectady County

Kuumba Productions: Clearly

Hamilton Hill Arts Center: Hamilton Hill Arts Center Performing Arts Series

Crossroads Center for Children: Sound-Build With Gem

Mohawk Valley Society for Live Music: Porch Fest

Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation: Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular Sculptural Piece

Cycle Schenectady: Flight Paths

Safe Inc., of Schenectady: Scripted Response Installation & Exhibit

Raeshelle Frasier: Past is present

Bianca DiLella: Wear your Art on your sleeve!

Miracle on Craig Street at Carver: Revitalization of Carver through community mural art- Youth mural Program


$27,500 was awarded for Arts Education Grants for 11 projects

Albany County

South End Children’s Cafe, Inc: The Large Letter Box Project

William David Geltzeiler: Elementary School Living Museum

United Way of the Greater Capital Region: Summer Meals Collaborative

Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus Inc: Circus Arts – Vehicle for Learning

Thomas Fox: Library Teen Summer Photography Workshop

The Connect Center: Acting Classes

Rensselaer County

Valley Falls Free Library: Barn Quilt Ongoing Barn Quilt Classes for local community

Schenectady County

Oscar Alberto Bogran: Summer Night Light installation work Shop

Joao Pedro dos Anjos Filho: Capoeira for everyone

Ahmel Williams: Photography Classes

Ahmel Williams: Steel Pan

Alexandrea Barnes: Drum lessons

$3,300 was awarded for Pop-Up Mini Grants for 3 projects

Earths Shot Project Inc.: Celebrating Chinese Resilience

Maria DeAngelo: Community Art Make & Takes

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy: miniMoCA518 Exhibition Series on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail