The Arts 01.24.19

Museum to Offer Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Employees

Effective immediately, the Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to furloughed federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. Federal employees must present a valid government identification card at the admission desk and will receive free admission for themselves and up to three guests. “The shutdown is challenging for federal employees, including many of our Capital Region neighbors,” says Tammis K. Groft, executive director at the Albany Institute of History & Art. “We hope that this small gesture will be something positive for workers and an opportunity to explore new things, connect with art, and make good memories.” The offer will continue for the duration of the shutdown.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets.


Museum to Host Author/Illustrator Hudson Talbott For Book Event

Please note that this event has been rescheduled from January 20th to Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2pm due to weather.

The Albany Institute of History & Art will host local author and illustrator Hudson Talbott for a book talk and signing about his most recent work Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art. The event is included with museum admission. The book brings to children (ages 7 and up) the life of Thomas Cole, who founded America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School. Original illustrations for the book will also be on view. Hudson Talbott is a resident of the Hudson Valley and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Cole National History Site in Catskill, NY. He has written and/or illustrated more than 25 books. The Albany Institute of History & Art is known for its collection of Hudson River School paintings, which are currently on view in the exhibition The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute. The museum also has Thomas Cole’s personal papers, sketches, and other materials in its collection.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, NY. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets.

For more information, visit or call (518) 463-4478.


Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Receives Grant to Fund Artist’s Residency at Historic Shaker Site

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon received a grant in the amount of $47,671 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support an artist’s residency, exhibition, and arts programming for community members this summer at its historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY. The funding was made available through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiatives. New York City based Japanese American artist Amie Cunat will be in residence at Mount Lebanon in May and June. During that time, she will continue her work exploring and interpreting Shaker material culture; curate a group exhibition of artists whose work engages with Shaker values and craftsmanship; and create a site-specific installation. In addition, she will organize community-oriented workshops that invite participants to work with contemporary artists, investigate Shaker history, and explore the Shaker landscape. Cunat holds an MFA from Cornell University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in Visual Art and Art History from Fordham University.

This is the third year in a row that the Shaker Museum has received funding from NYSCA through the REDC Initiatives. “We’re so grateful for this continued support from New York State,” said Lacy Schutz, the Museum’s Executive Director. “It recognizes the value and positive impact of the arts in local communities, and the importance of the work the Shaker Museum is doing.” Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, New York, which is open year-round for hiking and self-guided tours, and offers tours, exhibitions, and public programs seasonally.


“Beat the Snow” concert series

Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library Present A Beat the Snow- Winter Concert BAROQUE PEARLS Rose Hunsberger, soprano Irina Tikhonenko, mezzo-soprano Michael Clement, piano Music of Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and Monteverdi Sunday, February 10th, at 2:30 PM in the McChesney Room of the Schenectady Library 99 Clinton St/(518) 388-4500 Schenectady, NY 12302


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