Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY

Troy Summer Square to connect public to art

TROY, NY >> Troy Summer Square, a never-before-seen public arts engagement program spearheaded by the Arts Center of the Capital Region and the city of Troy, will bring alive a downtown city block for more than two weeks with programming, events and discussions centered around the future of and potential for public art in the Collar City.

From July 19 to Aug. 5, a portion of Broadway between 2nd and River streets will be turned into a pedestrian plaza where residents and members of the arts community can share their ideas and passion for public art. Volunteers will be gathering input from the public for a Master Plan for Public Art in the city that is under development, with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

“This is an extremely exciting initiative, with implications that could reach across the region, and I am proud that Troy is once again the proving ground for forward-thinking, innovative ideas,” Mayor Patrick Madden said in a news release detailing the program. “Troy is a city that prides itself on its character, and its diversity of character, and I can’t wait to see what emerges from this unique and innovative program.”

The initiative is being led by Judie Gilmore, who has been involved in public art projects across the country. Last fall, she served as project director for Breathing Lights, a $1 million, Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded public arts project that lit the windows of hundreds of vacant homes in the Capital Region.

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