After School program: Voices of the Woods

We are extremely excited to announce our upcoming, and first after school program with Averill Park High School. The program; Voices of the Woods, which will run during October and November 2019, aims to expose local youth to the facilities and international community of ALN while addressing social issues in online youth culture today by providing an open platform of expression.


David Gersten, elected to the Board of Directors of Big Picture Learning

We are honored to announce that Director David Gersten has been elected to the Board of Directors of Big Picture Learning.  In his own words, “Joining the Board of Big Picture Learning is a distinct personal honor for me, they are a remarkable organization, transforming lives around the world, every day, through a completely unique vision of education. Their mission aligns perfectly with the mission of Arts Letters & Numbers, this is yet another signal of the wonderful collaborations our two organizations are embarking on.”


Summer at ALN: Revolution

We are excited to announce a new dynamic structure of multiple programs, for the Summer at ALN. These programs will be run in parallel and in close proximity, each with its own structure, schedule, tone and possibilities, they will be autonomous and interdependent, with lots of opportunities for collaboration. While each of these programs will have its own unique character, they all offer space for people to pursue their questions in conversation with others and create emergent works within a creative community.


After school program grant awarded by NYSCA

We are extremely honored to share the news about receiving a grant for our first after school program: Voices of the Woods. Along with many other powerful initiatives, on March 27th the Art Center of the Capital Region announced Arts Letters & Numbers as one of the grantees of NYSCA’s Decentralization program for Arts Education. This grant gives the opportunity to collaborate with Averill Park High School and initiate an after school program for the fall of 2019. Lead by ALN Fellow Natasha Holmes, the program Voices of the Woods aims to expose local youth to the facilities and international community of ALN while addressing social issues in online youth culture today by providing an open platform of expression.

Shout out to Cris and Ed Blanchard

As you all know, we are extremely fortunate to have a very supportive local community. Not only do they welcome everyone who comes to ALN with open arms, they also give their support in all kinds of forms. We have recently been blessed to receive a donation in form of a 2011 Camry by our dear Cris and Ed Blanchard.

Gratitude for 2018

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.

Studios at 1548 Burden Lake Road

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.

Artist in Residence, Program

Artist in Residence Open Call | Winter 2018/2019

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.

Events, Program


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.


SAUCE | September 30th

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.


Twin Houses | 1554-1560 Burden Lake Road

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.


Master Plan Approved

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.