We are excited to announce the winners of Breathing Lights’ Community Arts Awards! Eight Community Arts Award projects were selected from more than 55 entries submitted by artists from the Capital Region and beyond. These artworks will debut in October and November, at the same time as the Breathing Lights installation in neighborhoods in the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy.
Branda Miller, Breathing Lights’ Arts in Education Director, led the proposal and selection process. When announcing the winners she said, “Congratulations to the selected artists, who will expand public dialogue and engagement with the Breathing Lights audience through these inspiring artworks. The creativity and diversity of submissions was amazing. We sincerely hope that Breathing Lights drives an expansion and awareness of the incredible artistic talent in this region.”
The Community Arts Awards are part of Breathing Lights’ extensive neighborhood engagement program. These efforts, led by nonprofit community hubs, will magnify the stories of residents who live around the breathing lights and focus attention on the region’s urban landscape. A diverse committee of arts and community stakeholders in each city selected the winners. Chosen projects demonstrate artistic excellence, the potential to deepen engagement through public dialogue, and the ability to expand and diversify the Breathing Lights audience. They will be led by a lead artist or artists with a proven track record of producing high quality projects.
Winning artists include: Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo, DeWitt Godfrey, Jillian Hirsch, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Michael Kennedy, Nancy Klepsch and Danielle Colin Charlestin, Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan, and Jamel Mosely.
Stay tuned for updates on where the projects will be located and how best to view them this fall.