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BREATHING LIGHTS, an Award-Winning Public Art Installation: See it NOW in Albany, Schenectady and Troy

Click to watch a short preview of Breathing Lights and the people behind it.

Upstate ACE in Action

This October and November, Breathing Lights is illuminating the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy, with a warm light that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Breathing Lights was a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge which engages mayors to collaborate with artists on developing innovative public art projects that enrich communities and attract visitors.

Working with dozens of community and private-sector partners, Breathing Lights includes eight months of programming and events, including youth media projects, building reclamation clinics, community arts presentations, gallery talks, policy discussions and more. At the end of the installation, windows – one by one – will fall dark. In sharing a sense of loss comes a stir to action for those in the Capital Region.

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Did you attend ACE’s first Creative Freelancer Networking Night on May 25 at WMHT? Click above to watch the WMHT AHA! – A House for Arts segment on the “Gig Economy,” featuring interviews from attendees.

At its heart, the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) is about strengthening the Capital Region’s creative economy to drive business development, increasing jobs, and driving tourism.

ACE, a collaborative, cross-sector group has come together to strengthen support for creative freelancers, creative organizations, and individuals involved in creative work. The creative economy is defined as:

  • the enterprises and people involved in the origination, production, and distribution of goods and services in which artistic and cultural content gives the product or service value in the marketplace.

LISTEN to Karen Hitchcock describe the value of the Creative Economy and why it’s an important strategy to pursue.