News and Updates About the Project

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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on November 9, 2016

Youth Media Videos – Troy

We are proud to showcase the films created this summer by teens and youth mentors in the Youth Media Sanctuary program at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Youth Media Sanctuary is a community media arts project designed to teach multimedia skills to young people to help develop urgently needed independent local voices in this economically devastated neighborhood. Youth Media […]

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on November 9, 2016

What are the Red “X” markings on vacant buildings?

Guest blogger: Historic Albany Foundation WHAT ARE THE “X”s? When you see a Red “X” on a vacant building, it indicates to “first responders”-police officers, fire department staff and building department staff, that the building is considered unsafe for emergency personnel. For first responder safety and as a precautionary measure, the Red “X” symbols are being […]

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