Mayor Madden Announces City of Troy Awarded $25,000 Public Art Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies
Troy among 16 cities nationwide selected for grant funding under Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative
Grant will support public art mural project, The Uniting Line, which will transform and reactivate the area beneath the Collar City Bridge which separates North Central from Downtown Troy
Project part of collaborative effort between the City of Troy, Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works
Asphalt Art Initiative funds public art installations to improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and promote collaboration and civic engagement in local communities
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has been selected as one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a $25,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative for implementation of The Uniting Line, a public art mural project planned for beneath the Collar City Bridge in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works. The initiative funds public art projects that help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and engage local communities around public art.
Mayor Madden said, “Public art serves as a catalyst for connecting neighborhoods and creating more active, vibrant public spaces. We’re excited to collaborate with Bloomberg Philanthropies and our project partners, including the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Collar Works, and TAP, along with City residents and families, on this unique opportunity for public art in our community.”
The Uniting Line will transform a 500 foot stretch of road under the Hoosick Street Bridge – an urban void that acts as a massive divider between downtown Troy and North Central Troy – into a space that draws people together, uniting what a highway divided. Through creative placemaking, the project will unify the area graphically, revitalize and beautify the area, encourage more pedestrian activity, and serve as a backdrop to activities that take place at the adjacent basketball courts and other open spaces.
The project leadership team includes: Barbara Nelson, Executive Director, TAP, Inc.; Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski; Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works; Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of The Arts Center of the Capital Region; and Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
“The Uniting Line is an ambitious and collaborative effort and we are looking forward to seeing how our community shapes the outcome,” said Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of The Arts Center of the Capital Region. “The Uniting Line proves that despite so much difficulty in our life today, the arts always find a way to help us dream.”
“TAP’s relationship with the Hoosick Street bridge goes back to 1969 when we led the fight to reduce its impact on the community,” said Barbara Nelson, Executive Director of TAP, Inc. “We are proud to partner in the ongoing effort to repair that damage.”
“Collar Works has been fortunate to reside both two blocks north and south of the Hoosick Street Bridge for over a decade,” said Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director of Collar Works. “We’ve dreamed for years of ways contemporary art could uplift this long overshadowed space. We are grateful for the opportunity and excited to work together with our community, the City of Troy, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and project partners to help unite the city around this vital public art project.”
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art initiative recognizes Troy’s continued use of public art to bring together transformative change and shared community experiences. Troy was previously selected for a winning grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for the 2016 collaborative public art project ‘Breathing Lights’ with Albany and Schenectady.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131
Rebecca Carriero, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Elizabeth Reiss, CEO
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
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Barb Nelson, Executive Director, TAP Inc.
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Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works