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

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