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.


New Fellows | Jenny Hsaio & Keren Mendjul

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.


The World's Most Inspiring Design Residencies

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.


Michael Harrison awarded Guggenheim

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.