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on April 11, 2017

Bright Ideas – Call for Proposals

The materials and systems utilized in the Breathing Lights exhibit have been removed from their host buildings and stored away. Our goal is to see these components creatively repurposed. Proposals are welcome from artists, teachers, inventors, makers, builders, organizations or individuals. The reuse can be artistic or functional, but preference will be given to users […]

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ge theater proctors

on April 5, 2017

Friday’s Speaker Line Up

The list is now final, and we are thrilled to present the full line up of amazing speakers at Friday’s event. Each was asked to address the question from their unique perspective, Why spend a $1 million on public art?  Shane Bargy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Joe Fama, Troy Community […]

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shine a light booklet

on April 5, 2017

Guest Blog: Shine a Light

By Caroline Corrigan and Ira Marks. We wanted our arts award project, called “Shine a Light,” to share some truths and experiences from people who are personally and professionally invested in the buildings highlighted by Breathing Lights. As designers with a love for print, we wanted to create something tactile that people could bring home […]

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karen tararache

on March 30, 2017

Karen Tararache to Emcee Finale & Policy Summit

We are thrilled to announced that local arts advocate, WNYT News Channel 13’s Karen Tararache, will emcee next week’s project Finale & Policy Summit. Karen joined WNYT in July 2016 as a reporter and co-anchor of News Channel 13 Live at 11. She covered the first Presidential Debate at Hofstra University and reported live from the […]

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erwin redl

on March 23, 2017

Special Guest: Erwin Redl

Meet Erwin Redl, who will join us at the Project Finale & Policy Summit on April 7th to discuss his innovative work. We look forward to hearing more about his many public projects across the globe and his recent work on Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, another project funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge initiative. […]

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on March 23, 2017

Congrats to The Foundry on Awards

Our partners at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture recently received two advertising design industry awards for their work with Breathing Lights. They were honored in the Public Service Collateral, Brand Elements category for the Breathing Lights Program Guide and the Elements of Advertising Visual, Still Photography Color Single. The awards were distributed by Albany Ad Club which is regional […]

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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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adam frelin new york times

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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