We begin 2019 with a big heart felt THANK YOU to all of you who have supported Arts Letters & Numbers over the past years. We are so thankful to everyone who is contributing to building, lifting, pulling, pushing, holding and willing this project into the world.
The film of our Summer workshop is now released! With over 40 people from over 20 countries Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses was an intense, challenging and deeply moving exploration of site and self. It was a wild month and we are so moved to share with you this film.
We are happy to announce that Arts Letters & Numbers take part in CLYNK recycling system. Local members of the Sand Lake community are contributing their redeemable bottles and cans to benefit Arts, Letters and Numbers in Averill Park through a non-profit fundraiser option available through Hannaford Supermarket and CLYNK.
We are thrilled to announce that we are currently working to fully move into ‘The Studios’ - the most recent expansion of Arts Letters & Numbers facilities. This 7,300 sq./ft space, within one of the former Faith Mills buildings, offers beautifully lite, large working spaces to support all of our programs.
We are pleased to announce that Director David Gersten will offer a keynote address as SUNY Albany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences. Entitled ‘Developing New Ways of Knowing: Education, Art, Space and Place,'
We are excited to announce our first Session of the season: Tales of the Unexpected, with Chris Rose November 9th - 12th. Our session series range from two days to week-long programs. Invited artists will direct the program to navigate a group of artists through their questions.
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011, and at that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew, so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived, and since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
From Thursday Sept 27 - Tuesday Oct 3, Arts Letters & Numbers is hosting a group of students and teachers coming from CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China) for a 5 day immersive workshop. The group is coming as part of a one month visiting professorship that Director David Gersten is doing at CAFA. The first week of the project is at ALN and the last week will be at CAFA in Beijing. This project is part of the 'Future Unknown' Chancellors Summit that CAFA is holding in early November, inviting over 100 university presidents from around the world for a 3 day event.
We are excited to share a short film from the collaborative immersive workshop held between UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and Arts Letters & Numbers at the Mill, from Dec 7th - Dec 10th. The workshop brought together over 30 people to explore the challenges and opportunities within the broad topic of ‘Information Poverty.’
SAUCE is a multi-venue weekend-long celebration of music, food, and dancing taking place in Albany, NY this weekend September 28th - 30th. The creators of the festival focus on cross pollinations between local businesses, musicians, chefs, and food artists. Six different venues in Albany and Troy are each hosting DJ'd or live music, as well as a unique food pairing crafted by a local chef.
We are excited to share a first selection of photos of the creative explorations and urgencies that emerged. This year's summer workshop Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses was grounded in the idea that the spatial, poetic and material imaginations provide a unique means of registering and creating transformation, of engaging the world and making a contribution.
Thanks to the support of a dear friend of ALN, the two houses across the street from the House on the Hill are now a part of our campus. The two identical houses, which we have come to call the Twin Houses, used to be housing for the workers of Faith Mills. The houses, each consisting of 3 apartments, will be key to the expansion of our programming.
After a long winter/spring of meetings and planning, the Town of Sand Lake's Planning Board has now approved our Master Plan. The plan focuses on adjusting the grounds to accommodate the capacity of visitors we can have once the Mill is back in operation.
We are excited to announce our two new Fellows: Jenny Hsiao and Keren Mendjul. The two architects are both alumni of Cooper Union and have already been involved with ALN for a good amount of time. 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.
e are very honored to have been listed as one of 11 of the World's Most Inspiring Design Residencies by Artsy last year. Our residency program started in 2015, at that time run by architects who had never participated in a residency before. This beautifully began our journey of organically building a program with each and every artist who came. It’s amazing to look back at the last few years and the artists who have come from all over the world to create, to share and to engage in the community.
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
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.