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.
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 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.