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 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) came up with a way to bring neighborhoods together and lay the groundwork for permanent, outdoor, public sculptures in our city. With New York State Arts Council has funding the “Schenectady + Me” project brought professional artists to festivals and outdoor events in 2018 and 2019 to help participants create collages about what they love.
With supplies funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region, nearly 1,000 collages created by residents depict their favorite locations, events or aspects of the Electric City.
Thanks to funding from The Schenectady Foundation’s Thriving Neighborhood Challenge and additional sponsors four benches have been installed and several more are being planned.
But hundreds more beautiful tiles await a home and they will have it! These tiles will adorn the interior of the 1907 ALCO Tunnel that will be reopened thanks to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
Do you see a favorite spot that is missing? Contact us to create your collage by April 2022 to be included in the ALCO Tunnel display.
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.