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

The Hardest Thing About Working in the Gig Economy

The Harvard Business Review published an great article this week entitled “The Hardest Thing About Working in the Gig Economy.” Their assessment? Trying to form a sense of self in the midst of several jobs is a huge challenge, as is society’s perception that having just one job means “stability.” Check out other  recent insightful pieces from the Harvard Business … Read More

New Video Highlights Albany Symphony & Creative Economy

Check out this terrific video tour hosted by Albany Symphony’s David Alan Miller, created by the Capital Region Economic Development Council to celebrate and spotlight some fantastic projects around our region, including Creative Economy star Melissa auf der Maur of Basilica Hudson. Interested in all of the CREDC’s priority projects? Find them here in the 2017 “Capital Region Creates” Progress … Read More

Have It All: Practical Work-Life Balance Advice for the Female Freelancer

For ACE by Gloria Martinez of Integrating work and personal life is tough, but it is especially difficult for women who also happen to be business owners or freelancers. Take heart, however, knowing that achieving a harmonious work-life balance really is possible with a little preparation and a lot of determination. You must first understand that balance isn’t always … Read More

ACE Behind the Scenes: Yaddo – September 26, 2017

On September 26, a small group of ACE members had the rare privilege of touring Yaddo, the world-famous artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs. Yaddo’s mission is “to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.” On March 11, 2013, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Yaddo offers residencies to artists … Read More

MAKERS 365 Arrives at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga

MAKERS 365, the monumental photography exhibit by Richard Lovrich, is arriving at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, its second stop of an 8-county tour. The MAKERS Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, September 16, 5-8pm, with a Panel Discussion on Wednesday, October 11. The MAKERS 365 exhibit is curated by Tony Iadicicco of Albany Center Gallery,and features photos of … Read More

Freelancers Learn to Improv with Mopco

On September 6th, ACE Freelancers met up at Mopco Improv Theater, a renovated firehouse at 10 North Jay Street in Schenectady, home to a 60-seat theater, classroom space, and the offices of Koppett, a delightfully innovative consulting group that uses improv techniques with corporate clients including Microsoft, Chanel, and Facebook, among many others, to help with team building, conflict resolution, … Read More

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Coming to Catskill!

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts is an exciting new addition to the upstate arts community. Its inaugural upstate season in summer 2018 is fast approaching and construction is underway for a state-of-the-art performance campus adapted from a historic lumberyard in the Village of Catskill, set to open in fall 2018. In the meantime, LUMBERYARD has been eagerly fostering relationships with its … Read More

Fashion Upstate Visits MA+CH Textile Studio in Schenectady

Fashion Upstate visited MA+CH Textile Studio in Schenectady on July 27 for a fantastic studio tour, where founders Charles and Marika Contompasis gave in-depth, hands-on explanation of the patented processes they use to create the high-end textiles and garments they ship to boutiques throughout the country. MA+CH was founded in 2002, and employs 15 in their Schenectady factory. “MA+CH is … Read More