Albany Barn is is a private nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to developing a permanent, sustainable 21st Century creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany, NY - a place for artists, residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services. Albany Barn has partnered with the Albany Housing Authority to redevelop the former St. Joseph’s Academy, an abandoned school in the heart of Albany’s imperiled Arbor Hill neighborhood for this purpose. Facilities planned for the 40,000+ square foot building include low-cost live-work artist apartments, work and rehearsal suites, a dance studio, digital media lab and ample exhibition, performance and programming space.
Albany Institute of History & Art
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections. The genesis of the Albany Institute of History & Art began with The Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures, founded in New York City in Federal Hall. Supported by the New York state legislature, to which it served as an informational advisor, the society met to improve the state’s economy through advances in agricultural methods and manufacturing technologies. In accordance with the condition that they meet where the legislature convened, the society moved to Albany in 1797, when it became the state capital. From 1993 to 2000, the Albany Institute raised $17 million to bring the museum galleries and facilities up to twenty-first-century standards with a renovation and expansion project that created the museum you know today. The "new museum" reopened in September 2001.
Albany Symphony Orchestra
The Albany Symphony is one of this region’s most revered music and cultural institutions, having won numerous national awards for its adventurous concert programming, recording projects, composer residencies, and innovative educational efforts involving area schools throughout the region. As the only professional symphony orchestra based within the Capital Region, the Albany Symphony enriches a broad and diverse regional community, engaging over 150,000 people each year across an extended geographical area. After the Albany Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut in May 2011 National Public Radio raved that the Albany Symphony was a “world class orchestra” and the New York Times declared the orchestra was “bold...polished and clear.”
Capital Repertory Theatre
Capital Repertory Theatre’s mission is to create meaningful theatre with an authentic connection to the community we serve. We offer extraordinary experiences to young people of the region that support NY State’s education goals and standards and help young people to increase critical thinking, self-esteem, courage and personal skills for lifelong success. Capital Rep works to be a strategic player in the dialogue about the role of the arts in our schools, community, region and nation.
Park Playhouse augments the quality of life for a diverse audience in the Capital District by producing free musicals and plays in an outdoor setting, and providing arts education programs to young people in the community. By providing free admission at our productions, we make theatre an all-inclusive art form, accessible to people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. Our education programs teach valuable life lessons about collaboration and teamwork, while helping to train the area’s next generation of theatre artists. Since our inception in 1989, over one million audience members have enjoyed a performance free of charge in Park Playhouse's 2,000-seat amphitheater in Albany's historic Washington Park. Park Playhouse takes a leadership role in enhancing the cultural landscape of New York’s Capital Region and making the arts accessible to both residents and guests of our community.