We were gratified to receive a record number of Beneficiary requests from Albany arts organizations this year. The 2017 Primary Level Beneficiaries will be Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Park Playhouse.



Albany Barn was founded to provide a hand up for entrepreneurial artists translating their craft into career and deploy those artists in turn as community change agents. In 2014, Albany Barn opened a 40,000 square foot incubator for creative economy-based enterprise and community art center called “The Barn” by partnering with the Albany Housing Authority to repurpose a long vacant school building in the City of Albany’s historic but distressed Arbor Hill neighborhood. The Barn consists of 22 affordable live-work apartments and over 13,000 square feet of low cost private and collaborative “maker” suites as well as ample exhibition, performance and programming space.



Albany Center Gallery Founded in 1977 by Leslie Urbach, ACG is a nonprofit art space located in downtown Albany dedicated to the exhibition of regional artists within a 100-mile radius of Albany, and building a strong, knowledgeable audience for the visual arts. Serving the art community and the general public, all of Albany Center Gallery’s exhibitions, receptions, and artist interviews are free and open to the public. The gallery presents at least seven major exhibitions a year in the main gallery, including the Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational; an annual exhibition featuring selected artists from the previous year’s Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit.



Capital Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre whose 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 important dialogue about the significant role of the arts in our schools, community, region and nation.



The Palace Theatre is proud to be the home of the ASO and of Park Playhouse's administrative offices through shared service agreements. The Palace continues its tradition of providing free school-time programming for local students and regularly opens its door to non-profit-based and community-minded events, regularly hosting fund-raisers, benefit concerts and civic events such as Eat Health Albany and The Big Read, and partnering with great charitable organizations such as The Ronald McDonald House Charities.



Park Playhouse augments the quality of life for a diverse audience by producing theater in an outdoor setting, and providing arts education programs to young people in the community. Our education programs teach valuable life lessons about collaboration and teamwork, while helping to the next generation of theatre artists. Since 1989, over one million audience members have enjoyed a performance free of charge in Park Playhouse's 2,000-seat amphitheater in Albany's 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.


Our 2017 Secondary Level Beneficiaries are Albany Institute of History & Art, The Albany Symphony, Capitaland Chorus, eba- ELECTRONIC BODY ARTS, The EGG, Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc., The Upstate Artists Guild, & The Youth FX.


Albany Institute of History & Art founded in 1791 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. AIHA education programs serve more than 10,000 students, teachers, adult learners, and families every year. The museum education department’s mission is to connect our community to our collections and exhibitions through lifelong learning opportunities that serve toddlers to older adults.


The Albany Symphony: Grammy award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra enriches a broad and diverse community and engages more than 150,000 people each year throughout the area. This year celebrating Maestro David Alan Miller’s 25th Anniversary on the podium, 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.


Capitaland Chorus was chartered in October, 1977 as a Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, with only 20 members. Over the years, membership has increased from a handful of local women to a diverse group of women of all ages with varying interests, backgrounds, and occupations. Due to this expansion, the chorus changed its name to Capitaland Chorus. Education is of prime importance and this goal is achieved through international-level coaches and faculty who train the group in vocal production, choreography, and showmanship ensuring success at national competitions.


eba- ELECTRONIC BODY ARTS is a long time Albany cultural and education corporation established by Maude Baum in 1973 and is dedicated to cultivating, promoting and developing an understanding of, and public interest in the performing, visual and technological arts. Eba’s historic four story theater is the home of Maude Baum and Company, everything but anchovies Dance Theatre, Kids Dancspace @ eba, eba Center for Dance and Fitness, and The eba Art Gallery. Beyond the resident companies, local artists use the facility for rehearsal and performances. eba sponsors invited artists on a regular basis.


The EGG The Empire State Plaza’s Center for the Performing Arts, was established to present quality performances, accessible to all citizens of New York State, highlighting the unique and extraordinary artists from New York State, across the country and around the globe. Through partnerships and collaborations, the EGG presents performances, spotlights emerging artists, fosters relationships with resident companies, and enhances activities in cultural and arts education.


Steamer No.10 Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt professional theatre producing and presenting shows for children and families, and touring to schools and theatres throughout the Northeast. Located in Albany, NY Steamer No. 10 Theatre presents a variety of live stage and music productions, including children’s theater, Eclectic Performance Series, Vacation Daze, Theater Voices, and Too Deep Entertainment. “We want to get children, adults, teachers, grandparents…everyone…excited about theatre and the performing arts. Everyone should attend live performances with a burning desire to see more.”


The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art. Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts. 1st Friday, a monthly arts and culture event is an active collaboration between the Upstate Artist Guild, the local artists community, and local businesses.


The Youth FX program is celebrating its eighth year of inspiring and empowering youth in Albany’s under-resourced neighborhoods through an understanding and hands-on exploration of the creative and technical aspects of digital film making. The program has grown into a full year program with a 6 week summer intensive, after-school programs at Albany High School and Albany Girls Leadership High School and youth working as pre-professional filmmakers creating independent films and documentaries for local non-profits.