A City Girl Goes To The Country

As we drove to our first stop, Teri explained to me the work that ASA does to safeguard the future of the farming communities of New York’s Rensselaer and Washington Counties. With the help of ASA, farm owners are able to conserve their land, which permanently protects it from development, and ensures that future generations can continue to enjoy the … Read More

Four Questions with the National Museum of Dance

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Spa State Park hosts 14,000 visitors annually and houses several exhibition spaces, dance and yoga studios, and a 45-seat theater. The facility crackles with life and history, beginning with a grand entry foyer adorned with dynamic dance photos and lined with the names of Hall of Fame members, the … Read More

Recap: CFA Opportunities for the Creative Economy

Photo credit: Ken Kozak, Kendo Design On Monday, June 4th, a packed house of Creatives took part in a workshop entitled “CFA Opportunities for the Creative Economy,” and got a chance to hear from and ask questions of members of the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), and Empire State Development (ESD) about … Read More

Local Producer Commemorates Juneteenth with ‘Talk Eat Art’ Event

Every year on June 19th, Black Americans celebrate “Juneteenth” to commemorate the day Union Officer General Gordon Granger issued an order to slave masters in Galveston, Texas to free enslaved Africans. Kaciem Swain, Founder and Creative Director of Velvet Rope Group Kaciem Swain, Founder and Creative Director of Velvet Rope Group This was necessary since the Emancipation Proclamation, announced by … Read More

Are the Self-Employed Happier?

Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design Guest post by Ashleigh Kinsey, owner, AK Design A new study has shown the self-employed both enjoy their work more and find it more rewarding – despite longer hours and less job security – than those who work for others. The study found that those who were self-employed were not only amongst … Read More

ACE Inside Look: Nine Pin Cider

Photos and article by Ska City Photography; photos from the ACE Creative Economy Mixer on April 23, 2018. Nine Pin Cider Works is a thriving business that retains the appeal and loyalty of a family-run endeavor despite growing their wholesale footprint to 3 states and housing a large tasting room in the heart of the Capital District. Bottles are still … Read More

Solving Diversity Issues in the Creative Economy

Ashleigh Kinsey, AK Design

Photo credits: Jenn Baumstein/WMHT and Amy Griffin/Opalka Gallery Guest post by Ashleigh Kinsey, owner, AK Design On April 11, 2018, ACE had a Creative Economy event with the subject “Open Forum: Diversity in the Creative Economy.” The purpose of this meeting was to engage members of the community and have a conversation about diversity in upstate New York’s Creative Economy. … Read More

ACE/Center for Economic Growth Creative Economy Roundtable Tour

ACE and the Center for Economic Growth have concluded our 2018 Creative Economy Roundtable Tour. This six-county tour, held in February and March 2018, brought more than 700 attendees to Capital Region cultural institutions and creative agencies for open discussions on our regional identity, business challenges and opportunities, and everything related to our region’s Creative Economy. At the sessions, facilitators … Read More

ACE In Catskill!

Check out great coverage from this event! WAMC: “Catskill’s Role Ramps Up in ‘Creative Economy’”  |  Hudson Valley 360: “Lumberyard to Start Construction in Two Weeks” Catskill is in the midst of a Creative Economy boom, with new restaurants, a tap house, boutiques and galleries, a performing arts complex, and reimagined historic sites. ACE recently went “Behind the Scenes” at the … Read More