Premier Beneficiaries this year are the Albany Barn, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Palace Theatre and Park Playhouse. Spotlight Beneficiaries this year are the Albany Center Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Albany Symphony, Black Dimension in Art, Capitaland Chorus, eba, and The Youth FX Program. Total distribution will be based on the final net proceeds at the conclusion of the 2018 Festival.



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.



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.

2018 Festival Spotlight Beneficiaries

Albany Center Gallery


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.



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.

Black Dimensions in Art (BDA)


Black Dimensions in Art (BDA) was incorporated in 1975 as a volunteer non-profit organization. BDA's mission is to educate the public about the unique contributions of artists of the African Diaspora within the American art scene through exhibitions, publications, television, and other media; to provide exposure and sales opportunities for artists of African descent; and to encourage youth of African descent in the practice, application, and appreciation of the arts. The first major exhibition organized by BDA was “Black Artists in Historical Perspective I” at the Albany Institute of History and Art in celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial. BDA continues to mount major exhibitions annually at such venues as the formerly named Schenectady Museum, Albany International Airport, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, New York State Museum, Capital Repertory Theatre, Wellington Herbs and Spices, Arts Center of the Capital Region and the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. BDA also supports an important aspect of its mission through its Emerging Artists and Summer Youth Arts programs. In these programs youth work together with professional artists/mentors in the development of their artistic skills.



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.



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.