Culinary Arts Program Prepares Youth For Success

  One organization in our region is adapting to provide a service to youth, as well as create a stronger creative economy workforce from the ground up. Questar III is an educational cooperative providing leadership and creating student success through shared instructional and support services to schools and their communities. Founded separately in the 1950s and 1960s, the BOCES merged … Read More

Crossroads Brewing at ACE #CreativeEconomyMixer

Crossroads Brewing has a brewpub in Athens NY and a taproom in Catskill NY. They have won awards from The Great American Beer Festival, Best of the Hudson Valley, The World Beer Cup and more. With 11 varieties, From IPA’s to their Barleywine, and Stout, it will be a great opportunity to sample a brew you haven’t tried at our … Read More

The Rodney Shop Brings an Artist’s Whimsical Creations to Catskill

Artist Rodney Alan Greenblat, world famous for his whimsical, vibrant, and fun artwork, is the owner/operator of the Rodney Shop boutique, one of the many artist-run boutiques on Main Street in Catskill, NY. His interest in art began as a young child and he was propelled into the arts world with his first “gig” doing an illustration for his school PTA … Read More

ACE Indian Ladder Farms Mixer Photo Highlights

Creative Economy Mixer at Indian Ladder Farms Were you at the Indian Ladder Farms Creative Economy Mixer? At this #CreativeEconomyMixer we had: Check out the Photo highlights below. These photos were taken by Ed Sager of Ska City Photos. Special thanks to our sponsors, Workforce Development Institute, Community Loan Fund, MVP Health Care, and our event host, Indian Ladder Farms. … Read More

Local Lands, Local Art: Creating a Sense of Place

At the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, we’ve been talking a lot about art. The connections between creativity and conservation run deep. The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) was founded in 1992 to protect the natural, scenic, agricultural, and cultural landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson river valleys. We protect natural resources, working farmlands, air and water quality, and climate-resilient landscapes. … Read More

Four Questions with Laura Ten Eyck, Indian Ladder Farms

In 1916, Peter Ten Eyck opened Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont as a dairy farm. Fast forward 102 years, and this local institution has a retail store, bakery, cafe, brewery, event space, orchard and educational areas where local students learn about agriculture. On the vast 325-acre spread there are also wetlands, woodlands, seven residential buildings and seasonal fields where customers … Read More

Creative Beginnings- Meg Affonso

ACE’s Ashleigh Kinsey spoke with Meg Affonso, a creative who is a creative in every sense of the word — singer,dancer, actor, model, yogi, and now producer! Meg shares her journey as a creative and what led her to collaborating with other creatives to present the production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow … Read More

Creative Beginnings: Angelique Powell

Angelique shared her advice about growing within your organization. We talked about the limited roles/jobs available in arts nonprofits, and how that can lead to high competition and discouragement for people trying to break into the industry. Where are you from, and where do you live now? I’m from Latham, NY and I live in Albany, NY Where did you … Read More

Four Questions With Kyle Patzwahl, Art Omi

Nestled in the woods of Columbia County, Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts organization offering a stunning 200-acre Sculpture Field and internationally respected residency program, in addition to our innovative and expansive education programs. Over 30,000 annual guests enter through the Charles B. Benenson Visitor Center and Gallery, to attend concerts and lectures, view paintings and video exhibitions, enjoy a … Read More