We are honored and excited to announce that Elliot Washor has joined the Board of Directors of Arts Letters & Numbers. Elliot has been involved in education innovation and school design for more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, designer, video producer, speaker and writer. In 1995 he co-founded Big Picture Learning.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apply now for Digital Living Hybrids Lab; an immersive session directed by Nick Meehan, January 4 - 6, 2019 in Averill Park, NY. The session is an invitation to co-construct a laboratory for scientific and artistic collaboration using the near by island in Burden Lake as its testing ground to explore the boundary between human intuition and computational systems.
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.