Schenectady + Me
A community-based art endeavor to help bring neighborhoods together.
Join in and make a collage of what you love about Schenectady!
Thank you to Open Stage Media for this awesome video of Schenectady's FIRST ever Human Mosaic!! The FIRST bench has been installed in front of City Hall on Jay street, go check it out!!
The first bench is located in front of City Hall on Jay Street.
The second bench is located in Woodlawn Park.
In 2017, a group of art lovers and Schenectady lovers (called Schenectady Creative Arts Network or SCAN) got together to create a community based art endeavor to help bring neighborhoods together and lay the groundwork for permanent, outdoor, public sculptures in our city. We’re pleased to announce that the New York State Arts Council has funded the “Schenectady and Me” project to bring professional artists to festivals and outdoor events to help participants create small, two-dimensional compositions depicting places and events from their neighborhoods. These artists will help participants of all ages overcome any fears of creating artwork. They will guide them in the use of materials and in the basic principles of art and design. Many of these works will be reproduced on ceramic tiles.
We hope you share our belief that creating art together encourages people to share ideas, build social networks, solve problems, and even create pathways for healthy neighborhoods. This project invites the public to participate in a collaborative art project, which will lead to the creation of outdoor public art pieces in Schenectady’s various neighborhoods.
With supplies funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region, this project resulted in nearly 1,000 collages being created by neighborhood residents of their favorite locations, events or aspects of the Electric City. These collages turned into outdoor tiles to decorate benches made of steel and concrete. Thanks to funding from The Schenectady Foundation’s Thriving Neighborhood Challenge and additional sponsors two benches have been installed and plans for at least two more are in the works.
There are still hundreds more beautiful tiles waiting for a home. The Schenectady & Me project continues to seek ways to display residents’ artwork in the Electric City.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.