Mayor Madden Announces Selection of Artist Jade Warrick for The Uniting Line Public Art Project

Mayor Madden Announces Selection of Artist Jade Warrick for The Uniting Line Public Art Project

Warrick was chosen by The Uniting Line Project Partners to create a mural beneath the Hoosick Street underpass

Project funded in part through Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative


TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced Jade Warrick as the selected artist for The Uniting Line public art project that will create a custom mural beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge. Ms. Warrick was selected by The Uniting Line project partners to create a mural for display at the Hoosick Street underpass to help transform and reactivate the area between the North Central neighborhood and downtown.

The public art mural project was planned in collaboration with the City of Troy, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works, and is funded in part through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “We’re thrilled to move ahead with the planned transformation of the Hoosick Street Bridge underpass. From the start, The Uniting Line project sought to use public art to bridge the divide between neighborhoods and create a positive vision for the vast space beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge. I’m looking forward to seeing the unique perspectives and stories that Jade will bring to this exciting public art project. Thank you to our project partners, city staff, and members of the public who provided input into the selection process, and to Bloomberg Philanthropies for supporting public art initiatives in Troy.”

Jade Warrick is an artist who splits her time between Troy and Albany. Originally from Los Angeles, Jade studied design and business marketing at the University of Houston. She moved to the Capital Region to be closer to family and works in education and training for the state of New York in a multimedia and marketing position.

Jade said she wants to use graffiti and street art not to make a political statement, but to showcase the BIPOC communities doing everyday things like enjoying nature, walking the dog, and doing yoga.

“A lot of Black art and street art usually tell stories – which are needed – of pain and trauma. I wanted to showcase another piece of the story,” said Jade Warrick, who also partnered with multiple organizations to start the group Amplified Voices which helps validate voices and spreads accessibility to art in communities of color.

She plans to engage the residents of the community to tell their stories. “The characters in my proposal are fluid. I’ll be doing outreach within those areas to capture true stories,” Jade added.

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Elizabeth Reiss, Executive Director of The Arts Center for the Capital Region said, “We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Jade on a vision for the Hoosick Street underpass that celebrates public art and the people of the Troy community. I want to thank Collectiveffort and community organizer Justin Relf for helping us get the word out about the project. Hundreds of people gave us their feedback, which helped ensure we made the best decision for the project. We also congratulate both Fernando Orellana and Simona Bortis-Schultz on providing us with such wonderful proposals and hope that we can create an additional opportunity to work together in the future.”

Next Steps

The Uniting Line Partners will be reaching out to our community leaders and members to connect Warrick with residents and community members within the Hoosick Street neighborhood to provide her with the inspiration needed to finalize her proposal for installation on the pilings under the bridge. 

The project is scheduled to begin implementation of the artwork in late summer 2021.

For further questions or comments or to get involved with the project please contact the partners at [email protected].

Public Art in Troy

In July 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection of the City of Troy as one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant for implementation of The Uniting Line. The Asphalt Art Initiative funds public art projects that help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and engage local communities around public art.

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.

Project organizers are still actively fundraising to support The Uniting Line project. Individuals interested in donating to support public art in Troy are encouraged to visit The Arts Center website at www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

About The Uniting Line Project

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 place-making, 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.

Earlier this year, The Arts Center of the Capital Region created a Call for Submissions based on community surveys, and released a call for proposals from Regional Artists for The Uniting Line Underpass Mural project to transform the underpass area of the Hoosick Street Bridge (Rt.7) in Troy, NY, focusing on the cement pillars between the areas of River Street and 6th Avenue. Regional Artists were defined as artists who live within the core Capital Region counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington and Warren counties.

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 project partners thank and acknowledge the support from the following generous sponsors: The Troy Redevelopment Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chet and Karen Opalka; First Columbia; Gwen Krause; and the Massry Charitable Foundation. 

For more information about the Uniting Line, please visit www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

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Related:

The Uniting Line Mural Project Seeks Community Feedback on Public Art Proposals for the Hoosick Street Underpass
Mayor Madden, Project Partners Announce Finalists for Uniting Line Public Art Project

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