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.
Artist in Residence, Program
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.