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Installation of From Troy to Troy & The Arts Center of the Capital Region Public Art Closet



The Arts Center of the Capital Region is happy to announce the installation of two works of public art: the first two murals in the From Troy to Troy public art project, and the ACCR Art Closet, a resource for community projects and events.

From Troy to Troy | Installation to start May 2021

From Troy to Troy is a public art project conceived in response to the protest murals created last June. Artists who live or work in Troy are invited to submit mural concepts that spark meaningful dialogue between the artist and the community, and among the community itself. The murals will use intentionally placed text and/or imagery that speak to the Troy community to foster a deeper connection with its shared experience. The chosen artists, whether residents or invested professionals of Troy, will create murals that present opportunities for expression, discourse, and unity.

In May, artists Eugene O’Neill and Toast Halasz will start installing their works in two separate locations in the City of Troy.

Eugene O'Neill is an artist of many hats with a spirit motivated to utilize art as a source of healing for others. He works alongside passionate creatives of the Capital Region to establish mural opportunities that are accessible for youth of color and emerging artists. The mural "At the push of a button" was made with the intention to help you find grace in a world that is grieving; it invites you to reach your hand out when needed, because you're deserving even when you feel detached.

Toast Halasz is a 3D print and design artist. He has over two decades of experience with various plastics, plastics recycling, adhesives, weatherproofing and fixtures, 3D printing, CAD, and design software. Toast has rooted himself as a local artist and manufacturer, collaborating with numerous local businesses in a city that was built on (and for) makers. “By using 21st-century technology to manufacture an art piece that is truly symbolic of this city, and then installing it on a structure made from the very same bricks it represents, I feel that this mural would be a full-circle symbol of the resurgence in Troy’s spirit of making, doing, and building.”

Please lookout for more information about From Troy to Troy via our website  artscenteronline.org/publicart/from-troy-to-troy/ or social media platforms
Facebook: TheArtsCenteroftheCapitalRegion Instagram: capregionartscenter.

“From Troy to Troy creates a visual conversation between artists of Troy, its residents, and those visiting our wonderful city. Our hope is that public art can work as a visual experience as well as a means of dialogue for our region. We welcome collaborations with other Capital Region cities to continue a regional public art discourse.” – Belinda Colón, Curator

The ACCR Public Art Closet | Available starting May 1, 2021

The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces the ACCR Public Art Closet--a membership service provided by The Arts Center of the Capital Region to Capital Region artists. With a membership to the ACCR Public Art Closet, artists can borrow supplies for public art use. Equipment can be borrowed for one week (six overnights from Friday to the following Friday) at no charge, for one rental period per month. Artists can check out up to six items per rental period. If more items are needed, special arrangements can be made. The closet is affordable for every artist.  It’s free to use all year with a $55 annual membership, or a one-time use fee of $60. This program was made possible with the support of the NYS Council on the Arts and our generous community.

To learn more, please go to artscenteronline.org/accr-art-closet/

“We are proud to offer the resources artists need to create their work.  I hope our Art Closet gets so busy we have to build another one.” – Elizabeth Reiss, Executive Director and CEO

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