News and Updates About the Project

on March 16, 2017

Partner Profile: Creative Action Unlimited

Michael Kennedy is the Artistic Director of Creative Action Unlimited, a studio in East Greenbush dedicated to the development of theater projects focused on social issues. A playwright and director, Michael was a Breathing Lights Arts Award winner for her production of SRO: Single Room Occupancy, the story of three women in downtown Albany who are struggling […]

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on March 16, 2017

Guest Blog: Convening the Policy Community

By Dina Refki. The creative vision of Artist and University at Albany Associate Professor Adam Frelin and Architect Barbara Nelson gave birth to a public art exhibit designed to stimulate dialogue, instigate social activism and induce transformation on issues of urban blight in Capital Region cities. Breathing Lights resuscitated hundreds of abandoned buildings in the cities […]

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on November 30, 2016

Drone Footage

We are excited to present a teaser of the beautiful drone video captured by our partners at West Field Production Co. On several cold, windy (not ideal for drones) nights, West Field helped us capture the lights at key sites across the Capital Region. Stay tuned for the full video and see the project through this […]

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on November 29, 2016

Guest Blog: Artist’s Thoughts as the Lights Go Out

By Adam Frelin. As lead artist on Breathing Lights, my job has been to create the light effect and oversee the maintenance of it in each building. Along with that, I am also in charge of documenting the installation. All of this requires that I spend a lot of time in the neighborhoods where the […]

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on November 23, 2016

Guest Blog: Making Sense of Our World Through Poetry

By Nancy Klepsch. We, the poets and writers of Breathing These Words, are proud to present to you a collection of our work. The poetry presented below is representative of poets who responded to our community-wide call for entries on topics related to Breathing Lights. Each of us was able to share our voice about […]

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on November 17, 2016

National Leaders Visit Breathing Lights in CCP Exchange

On November 10-11, 2016, we were excited to host government, nonprofit, arts and philanthropy leaders from across the U.S. who traveled to the Capital Region at the invitation of the Center for Community Progress as part of a learning exchange entitled, “Bridging Policy and Placemaking to Activate Vacant Properties: Learning from “Breathing Lights.” The learning exchange was made […]

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on November 17, 2016

Guest Blog: “SRO” Playwright and Arts Award Winner Discusses Her Inspiration

By Michael Kennedy. In SRO: Single Room Occupancy, the character of Rachel speaks to the audience about standing in a parking lot in the winter cold, finding the joy in watching the flight of birds: …what I want is to stand there in that everyday expanse of oil- stained gray and look up over the […]

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on November 17, 2016

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes as Project Comes to Life

Watch stunning video footage and meaningful interviews with project partners, community leaders, and visitors as this region-wide project unfolded this fall. Another behind the scenes look at Breathing Lights created by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Visit our YouTube channel for more videos related to Breathing Lights.

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on November 16, 2016

Guest Blog – Why are there so many vacant and abandoned properties?

By Tarik Abdelazim. With Breathing Lights drawing attention to the challenges presented by vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, many Capital Region residents are asking, “Why are there so many vacant properties?” While the triggers of vacancy and abandonment are unique to each community, there are some common factors that can be seen across different geographies. First, […]

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on November 9, 2016

Suggested Driving Route – Albany’s South End

Guest blogger: Tom McPheeters.  These instructions are intended for TWO people — ONE to drive and the OTHER to read the directions. Download the MAP.   The purpose of this suggested driving route is to let you see most of the Breathing Lights buildings in the South End (a few exceptions at the end) and get a feel […]

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