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Arts Center Opens Fish Market Project & Announces Artists

TROY (07/27/2021)—The Arts Center of the Capital Region is proud to announce that the Fish Market community engagement project is now open! After a year of dialogue, exploration, and planning, the community of North Central Troy has a space to gather and make art. The Fish Market Project, which occupies the newly renovated fish market building at 2952 6th Ave, will act not only as a meeting place, but a studio for social practice artist residencies, wherein artists and the community will connect and create new work in partnership and response to one another.

“We developed this project because we wanted to connect with the community, to listen and learn about how the arts, and the Arts Center, could play a role in their lives,” says ACCR CEO Elizabeth Reiss.

The Fish Market Project will continue to be a learning mechanism for the Arts Center to develop long-term programming solutions to expand access to the arts in the city of Troy. This process will be curated by the artists in residence, who will have the flexibility to experiment with different models and discover what works best for this community. The Arts Center is delighted to announce the first two artists in residence: Meg Jala and D. Colin.

“The Fish Market Project is an opportunity to bring the arts directly into the hands of the community alongside local artists within the Capital Region. My goals for the project are to make art accessible to everyone, expand our community engagement outside our downtown location, and encourage individuals that everyone can be creative,” says ACCR Director of Programming Joseph Mastroianni.

While these artists create new bodies of work during their six-month residencies, they will host interactive drop-in hours on Tuesdays between 5-8PM and Saturdays between 12-3PM for community members of all ages to partake in the art-making process. Additionally, each artist will lead after school artist sessions at which youth will create and appreciate art on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3-5PM during the school year in partnership with Troy Prep and the Boys and Girls Club.


About the Artists

Meg Jala | July 15th, 2021-January 15th 2022

Meg Jala is a multidisciplinary intuitive artist & storyteller who believes that art has the capacity to open the eyes and hearts of us all. She is known for using strong imagery, staging, movement and immersive storytelling that breaks down the fourth wall and opens communication lines for exploration.  Meg has developed gallery performance-based experiential art through the lens of multimedia and has performed in a variety of productions, ranging from theatre to film. Meg premiered her show BODY: An Experiential Art Installation (as Meg Affonso) at the Albany Center Gallery in August 2020. Meg has studied various forms of dance throughout her life and has choreographed, produced & directed plays, films and events. Meg has written two screenplays and a stage play and continues to be open to art in all of its forms. Meg’s mission is to tell stories that matter, and to help others by introducing them to art as a multifaceted healing modality.

D. Colin | January 22nd, 2022-July 22nd, 2022

Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, D. Colin is a poet, actor, and visual artist living in Troy, NY.  As a multidisciplinary artist, she aims to inspire, empower and educate through poetry, art and performance. In 2019, D. Colin was honored as Resourceful Woman of the Year in the Arts by YWCA-GCR and one of The Collaborative's Creatives Under 40. She is also a Cave Canem, VONA and New York State Writers Institute fellow with degrees in English and Africana Studies. In her rare spare time, she likes to eat pistachio ice cream, visit used book stores and think of ways to change the world.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Fish Market Project would not be possible without the generous contributions from the McCarthy Charities, William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation, M&T Foundation, Massry Charitable Foundation, KeyBank, Goldman Sachs Foundation, James J. Houlihan Associates, building owner & ACCR board member Brian McCandless, and The Arts Center community.


ABOUT: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, on Monument Square in downtown Troy, is a 36,000 square foot fully-accessible studio, exhibition, and performing arts space. The Arts Center offers classes, exhibits, and programs serving 48,000 people a year drawn from an 11-county region surrounding Troy. The Arts Center is proud to serve as a regional arts center, known for its wide range of high-quality classes for adults and children, arts camps for children and teens, highly acclaimed exhibitions, funding, and technical support for arts organizations and artists.

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