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Troy Uniting Line Mural Project Seeks Community Feedback On Public Art Proposals for Hoosick Street Bridge Underpass



TROY, NY – Organizers for The Uniting Line mural project today announced they are seeking community feedback on the top three artist proposals for the Hoosick Street underpass. Three regional artists, Simona Bortis-Schultz, Fernando Orellana, and Jade Warrick were announced as the three finalists selected by an independent Artist Advisory Panel made up of regional arts professionals, business and community members, to be considered in the creation of a mural for display under the Hoosick Street underpass.

Public feedback can be submitted using the project’s online submission form here. Information on project finalists is available here.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “As organizers work towards making a final selection for this exciting public art project, we want to hear from as many people as possible. I encourage the community to get involved in the process to help reimagine a new vision for the Collar City Bridge underpass.”

From the beginning of the Uniting Line Project, community engagement and input has been vital. Over the next month, the Uniting Line Partners will work with the three artist finalists, Collectiveffort, and community organizer Justin Relf, to present the projects to local and regional community members to review and provide feedback. Local and regional community feedback will inform the decision that will become the final project.

The Uniting Line team will be distributing promotional door hangers beginning the week of April 26 and presenting the project at various locations throughout Troy with Uniting Line Public Feedback Sessions over the next two weeks. Locations include CEO, Salvation Army, Oakwood Community Center, Unity House, Capital Roots, TRIP, and several other locations. The public is strongly encouraged to provide input on this exciting project. For a schedule of events and locations, please visit www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

The goal of the Uniting Line public art project is to transform and reactivate the area beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge between Troy’s Downtown and North Central neighborhood. The project is part of a collaborative effort between the City of Troy, Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works. Troy is one of 16 cities nationwide selected for grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative.

About the Project

The Uniting Line will transform a 500 foot stretch of road under the Hoosick Street Bridge – an urban void that acts as a massive divider between downtown Troy and North Central Troy – into a space that draws people together, uniting what a highway divided. Through creative place-making, the project will unify the area graphically, revitalize and beautify the area, encourage more pedestrian activity, and serve as a backdrop to activities that take place at the adjacent basketball courts and other open spaces.

Earlier this year, The Arts Center of the Capital Region created a Call for Submissions based on community surveys, and released a call for proposals from Regional Artists for The Uniting Line Underpass Mural project to transform the underpass area of the Hoosick Street Bridge (Rt.7) in Troy, NY, focusing on the cement pillars between the areas of River Street and 6th Avenue. Regional Artists were defined as artists who live within the core Capital Region counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington and Warren counties.

The project leadership team includes: Barbara Nelson, Executive Director, TAP, Inc.; Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski; Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works; Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of The Arts Center of the Capital Region; and Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The Uniting Line project partners thank and acknowledge the support from the following generous sponsors: The Troy Redevelopment Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chet and Karen Opalka; First Columbia; Gwen Krause; and the Massry Charitable Foundation. 

For more information about the Uniting Line, please visit www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

Public Art in Troy

Last July, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection of the City of Troy as one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant for implementation of The Uniting Line, a public art mural project planned for beneath the Collar City Bridge in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works. The Asphalt Art Initiative funds public art projects that help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and engage local communities around public art.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art initiative recognizes Troy’s continued use of public art to bring together transformative change and shared community experiences. Troy was previously selected for a winning grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for the 2016 collaborative public art project ‘Breathing Lights’ with Albany and Schenectady.

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