Grand Street Community Arts Inc (GSCA) is a non-profit organization nestled in downtown Albany in the center of a community erupting with promise and potential. The mission of GSCA in centered around  enhancing our community through the Arts.  Our vision is to create opportunities for individuals to explore and display their unique artistic gifts and talents. We will also work to provide opportunities for education in our community, (particularly for the youth) in the skill areas and professions related to the Arts.


Grand Street Community Arts Newsletter



My name is Ta-Sean C. Murdock and I am a resident of the City of Albany. It is such an honor and a pleasure to be addressing you the community as the new Interim Executive Director of Grand Street Community Arts. I grew up here in the City of Albany and truly believe that Albany has a vast amount of potential and opportunities for all who live within this great city

I am so excited and humbled to have this great opportunity to improve and enhance Grand Street Community Arts, Inc. (GSCA) and WCAA-LP 107.3 along with other programs and activities taking place via GSCA. I truly believe in the mission of GSCA and encourage and welcome all to join us as we embark on a great endeavor to make positive change here in the City of Albany through the arts such as dance, music, poetry and so much more.

My attraction to GSCA was the opportunity to lead this organization as the Interim Executive Director to new heights of success. As I take my position as the Interim Executive Director I will be working to improve the operational and program strategies by creating a strategic plan to ensure our organization and its programs are running efficiently and effectively. GSCA will also be working diligently to rebrand and rebuild community relationships. We recognize that true change only comes with the trust of the community and I am excited to be working with all in our community to inspire positive change.

Over the next several months I would love to meet with you and your organization to discuss potential collaboration and partnership opportunities. In my new role I am excited to see all the great things happening within your organization and how we can work together to make change within our communities. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or comments at 518-423-0092 or

With Gratitude,

Ta-Sean C. Murdock, Interim Executive Director


GSCA is excited to announce that we successfully launched our radio station in February! Being on the air with 107.3 FM WCAA will allow local artists, youth, activists and neighbors to have a voice in Albany. WCAA will serve as a platform for the community to perform, entertain, become involved in the arts, inform the public and encourage personal growth. Please tune in to the station and consider becoming a part of the WCAA community!

For more information please contact us at:


GSCA received our Certificate of Occupancy in September and is ecstatic to be open to serve our community again! We have utilized funds from last years fundraising efforts to complete several necessary projects in order to get us to this point. This is a tremendous success not only for us but also more importantly for the community. This significant milestone would not have been possible without the skilled labor of the Empowered Construction Workers Association Local 102. EWCA Local 102 began completing work on St. Anthony’s while simultaneously training local residents in various construction trades. We are extremely grateful to EWCA Local 102 for their efforts and expertise! With the building open we are now available to serve and meet the needs of our community. If you are interested in renting the space at GSCA please contact us at:






Posted in announcement, Events

Open House Re-scheduled

GSCA regularly hosts an Open House on the 1st Saturday of the Month. Our August Open House has been postponed to August 13th.

On Saturday, August 6th, GSCA will be tabling at the Black Arts and Culture Fest at Empire State Plaza, spreading the word about WCAA.

August’s Open House has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 13 from 12pm – 1pm. [FB] A building tour will begin at approximately 12:15.


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Phone Bank Volunteers


Grand Street Community Arts needs volunteers for telephone outreach this August and September.

We have extended our Summer Fundraising Campaign. We need volunteers from now through August 18th to make telephone calls to past donors to tell them about our campaign.

We also are building up for fundraisers this Fall and Winter, and need volunteers to call local businesses – restaurants, salons, bed and breakfasts – to request gift certificates which could be used for raffles and event prizes. We are seeking volunteers to make those calls from now through September 30th.

We make calls during the day at our Lincoln Square office. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:30pm. You can make calls with us at that time, or come for a training and make calls at home. We also can organize evening phone calls, from 6-8pm, if there are volunteers available.

For more info, see:

Please write back with the dates and hours available. Help us reach our goal! Save St. Anthony’s and get WCAA on the air!

Posted in Interns & Volunteers

We’re going to do it. We need your help.

GSCA has been making great progress this year.
But we must reach our goal of $27,000 this summer to keep up the progress in the second half of the year.

Raised $2,860 towards the $27,000 target.

It has been an amazing Year of Transformation. We welcomed a new Board President, Michael Banks, and Treasurer, Benjamin Clark in January, and welcomed four new board members last month. With support from the Albany Housing Authority, we moved into temporary quarters at Lincoln Square this spring. Larry Becker has brought in several new members to our Building Committee who have been making steady progress on the punchlist .  Our radio station, WCAA has started meeting regularly at St. Anthony’s and is setting up an air studio and production room in the building, which they will occupy for the next two years until the basement renovations are completed.

But, our building remains closed and we do not have building rental revenue to yet to support our work. We need your support. Please donate today.

Help us move this thermometer to $27,000! Your donation will support our architecture project, WCAA, staffing, and building renovations.

Grand Street Community Arts preliminary design. Proposal Board 1. June 14, 2016. Troy Architecture Project.

Grand Street Community Arts preliminary design. Proposal Board 1. June 14, 2016. Troy Architecture Project.

Our architecture project to design new programming space in the basement of St. Anthony’s has been made possible by a $23,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, This grant requires a 50% match, which we must raise by December 31, 2016. We need to raise $9500 this summer to provide the next installment of our matching funds, as well as cover $4500 of architecture project expenses already incurred, which are not covered by the NYSCA grant.


The clock is ticking on our architecture project, and it is also ticking for WCAA-Community, Art, and Activism! Our current construction permit is valid until February 2017, and we want to get the antenna up once and for all before winter comes. We need $8500 for the full hardware cost for the transmitter and antenna.


We have a small army of volunteers who have been helping after work, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays to complete the repairs at St. Anthony’s to re-open the building. Their labor is a gift, and we are extremely grateful to them. But, we need to keep them supplied with plaster, joint compound, sheetrock, plywood and paint. It all adds up, and we require $3000 for material costs for continued repairs.


None of the progress of our Year of Transformation would be possible without having a full-time Executive Director and expert contractors. We need $6000 to cover our personnel costs between July and December, to keep up the progress and to create additional jobs in the coming year.

Our goal for this campaign is $27,000, which is truly the minimum necessary funds for the 2nd half of 2016. If you believe in our mission to renovate and revitalize St. Anthony’s as a hub for community, arts, and culture, then please support us at this time.

Will you help us to reach, and surpass, these goals this month?

jan Galligan - August 1999

“How about a few good ideas for using the church on Grand Street?” Scribbles from Jan Galligan. August 1998

Our building has been closed for nearly four years, but we are still here! Holding on to the ideals that gave birth to this organization, tempered by lessons from our experiences over the past decade and a half, and enlightened by the partners and friends that we have met along the way.

This isn’t a gamble—it’s an investment in the future of Albany. Please support Grand Street Community Arts today. Now is the time.

Posted in Fundraising