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

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 Womenled.org. 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