On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.
As a parallel integrated program to Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop, Michael Harrison and Sophia Vastek will direct the two week long Creative Music Intensive, which will be held July 22 – August 5. Participants who are applying for the program are also encouraged to attend the prior two weeks of the Summer Workshop, July 7- July 22.
The four-week intensive summer workshop, Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses, will be led by Director David Gersten, the Arts Letters & Numbers Fellows and a wide range of Visiting Artists including: Architects, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physicists, Poets, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Theater Directors, Chefs, Scientists and Scholars.
Director David Gersten was recently honored to participated in ‘Future Unknown: Global Education Summit’ held at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts), Beijing, China. Future Unknown gathered Artists, Designers, Technologist, Educators and Futurists for a two-day exchange on the future of education.
We are moved and honored to announce that UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and Arts Letters & Numbers held a collaborative workshop to develop new pathways of understanding and identify solutions to global problems that embody our best hopes and aspirations.
Times Union's Paul Grondahl wrote a piece about Arts Letters & Numbers after experiencing our first 'Tasting' event - where we brought many of the cultural influential leaders and initiates, from the capital region, together in the Mill. Read the article and learn about how where we are today links back to Broadway, Albany!
We are pleased to announce a new chapter at Arts Letters & Numbers, in January 2018 we will begin a new programming series entitled ‘Sessions’. Occurring at least once a month, each Session will take place over 5 to 10 days, offering a small group of participants the chance to live and work together, delving deeply into a particular topic, theme or question, facilitated by a Session Leader(s) and Arts Letters & Numbers Resident Staff & Fellows.
We are excited to announce a new addition to our Artist in Residence Program: Day Residency - for commuting artists. Over the course of the last three years we have seen the great impact our Residency Program has had on national and international artists. With such a diverse community of creative people we have realized it’s time to make this program more accessible for regionally based artists!
We are overjoyed to share with you two short films from our sixth summer workshop: Constitution. Constitution was a beautiful and intense project, on many levels, we hope these films capture some of the essence of the work. Please enjoy and share the films, and let us know your thoughts! Very much looking forward to continuing our conversations.
It is a great joy to share that our dear friend, Visiting Artist and Arts Letters & Numbers founding Board Member, Bill Morrison has received a Critics Choice Award for Most Innovative Documentary, for Dawson City Frozen Time. Bill’s work continues to inspire and astonish all of us at Arts Letters & Numbers as it has for an entire generation of artists. Congratulations Bill!
The Fellows Program is central to the creative, programmatic and operational life of Arts Letters & Numbers. Each Fellow brings a distinctive vision and voice to the project, and contributes to the building of the community in a multitude of ways. We are thrilled to announce our two newest Fellows: Josephine Nørtoft Saabye & Merethe Bahn Trolle.
Right before the summer started we got a visit from Amy Griffin, Arts Writer for the Albany Times Union and Exhibition Coordinator at Opalka Gallery. Director David Gersten and Associate Director Frida Foberg showed her around the facilities and painted the picture of what Arts Letters & Numbers is actually about.
This year we will be making a very significant move forward by renovating the entire first floor of our mill. The space will be retrofitted to include studios, a wood / metal shop, photography darkrooms, and the beginnings of a printshop. And - finally! - we will install a heating system, which will allow us to program the facility year round - a very important milestone for ALN!
Arts Letters & Numbers is pleased to announce our 6th summer workshop. Each year, we structure our summer workshop through a question or questions that address the moment we are in. This year we ask: CONSTITUTION. We frame Constitution as a constellation of questions with the hope that we can inhabit them and create new works, acts, and actions, that speak to the urgencies of our time.
More information and application form is now available
Since last year was such a great success, we will do it again! For this holiday Friday, our weekly Film Screening will give room for Jam in the Salon. Going back in time at the House on the Hill, we will open up the speakeasy salon from the 1920’s, and welcome you to an evening (with no end), of music jam.
As a gesture to show our gratitude for the tireless and continuous support and help of our friends and volunteers, we are throwing an Evening of Appreciation on Sunday October 30th. Join us, just make sure to RSVP.
Co-hosted by the Dorian Grey Gallery and curated by David Gersten, the Exhibition includes over 100 works donated by 70+ artists that make up Arts Letters & Numbers’ broader community of fellows, visiting artists, resident artists, advisory council, board of directors, and friends of ALN.
As fall settled on Averill Park we gathered around the fire and proudly welcomed Professor of Anthropology and Aesthetics, Remo Guidieri, who spoke at the mill for the third time. A Day at the Mill with Remo Guidieri has become a highly anticipated yearly event on the Arts Letters & Numbers calendar. This year was no exception.
The artists who knew each other for varied amounts of time created a deeply moving intersection of their creative trajectories, capturing global issues explorations in abstraction, and the local nuance of Averill Park and the Mill. Photographs of the exhibition are now available to view.
We are pleased to announce another Day at The Mill event. We will present a group artist lecture by Grupo < >, after which the artists have prepared a dinner with inspiration from their home countries. The day will start with an informal bookbinding workshop.
40 RISD Architecture students will present an interactive, multimedia performance combining architecture, performance and music, including Terry Riley’s canonical 1964 piece “In C,” accompanied by Community MusicWorks alumni
We need to raise 25k in order to secure our facilities and maintain our ongoing programming throughout the winter.If you follow Arts Letters & Numbers and are moved by our commitment to explore arts and education through ceaseless communal endeavors, please take a moment during this holiday season and give at what ever level you can. Every dollar you donate to ALN will be multiplied in its impact through the volunteer efforts of our remarkable growing community.
The architectural act of building the model, created and contained the deep relationships between care, craft and community; Craft gathers us together, through the collective actions of constructing a model of the school, a community was formed, a remarkable connective tissue emerged within the studio. This structure, this social contract ultimately embodies The Cooper Union.