Basement Redesign Project Overview

In the past week, many people have asked about our basement renovation plans.
In 2016, we will begin an intensive process to re-design the basement of St. Anthony's Church.
GS Christopher from TAP and Board Member Alexis Bhagat will be on site on Tuesday, 12/1 to answer questions about the proposed design project.

Below is the actual Project Overview, which was submitted to NYSCA. We have received $23,000 from NYSCA for this project. Our December Fundraising Campaign aims to raise our matching funds
for ths $49,000 project.

The project will design a 385 sq. ft. stage and 1825 sq. ft. auditorium, as well as a commercial kitchen, media lab and other program rooms in the 4995 st. ft basement of St. Anthony’s Church / Grand Street Community Arts. Troy Architectural Project will lead the design, and will facilitate a planning process with GSCA staff and volunteers and community members.

In 2013, GSCA initiated a “Revitalization Campaign” to stabilize and renovate St. Anthony’s Church, beginning with the stained glass Rose Window. The Revitalization Campaign is moving into its third year and the main floor should reopen to the public in 2016. But construction and renovation in the historic Sanctuary will continue for several years. Moreover, the Sanctuary space is extremely expensive to heat and maintain, and has special acoustic properties/problems.

GSCA needs a space for programming during ongoing renovations of the Sanctuary, and the basement is the perfect space for that. And, GSCA staff and leadership urgently need to make strategic decisions around restored programming: TAP’s community design process provides a useful framework for those discussions.

The basement conversion offers GSCA more programming space. The basement is easier to heat, which makes it affordable to use year round and more accessible for community partners. It is acoustically dry, providing a better situation for cinema and amplified music.

Moreover, in the basement there can be new rooms of various sizes–something which is not possible in the Sanctuary space. Rooms with doors, and locks, where electronics and other equipment could be securely installed or stored.

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Step into our Basement, this December 1st!


Orpheus and Eurydice by Edward Pointer

Join Board Members Lawrence and Ellen Becker for a lunchtime tour of St. Anthony's. This event is a Thank You to donors and volunteers who have installed heat in the building, a presentation of our Design Plans for 2016, and the Kick-Off of our Winter Fundraising Campaign.
Board Members Lawrence and Ellen Becker will host a lunchtime tour of St. Anthony's Church as part of #GivingTuesday. Grand Street Community Arts has been awarded $23000 from the New York State Council on the Arts for Architecture and Planning. In 2016, GSCA will be working with TAP on re-designing the basement into new program space, to be used by WCAA, and other community and cultural organizations. On Tuesday, December 1st, Larry and Ellen Becker will open up the basement for an hour of dreams and speculation, gratitude and inspection. Thanks to donors and volunteers, notably Edwards Grimes-Carrion, St. Anthony's Church has heat this winter, for the first time since the 1990s! The basement of St. Anthony's has been cleared out to make room for the heat installation, leaving the space wide open for the redesign process to begin. GS Christopher from the Troy Architecture Program and Alexis Bhagat will be on hand to answer questions about the 2016 renovation plans. Registration requested.
December 1st, 2015 1:00 PM   through   2:00 PM

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Support Grand Street this #GivingTuesday!

2015-eat-sleep-giveGrand Street Community Arts will kick off our 2015 Winter Fundraising Campaign on #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back in the Holiday Season.

On December 1, 2015, we are celebrating #GivingTuesday and we need you to be a part of it!

We invite you to become a Social Media Ambassador for Grand Street Community Arts online, and we are still looking for one (or more!) Special Event Ambassador(s) who would organize an event for in the real world. We have an ambitious goal to raise $2000 on #GivingTuesday – $1000 for our Building Fund and $1000 for our Transmitter Fund.

Social Media Ambassadors!

Help us spread the message throughout the day as a Social Media Ambassador!

Social Media Ambassadors are who make #GivingTuesday work, bringing in gifts by amplifying our appeal, and expanding the conversation by replying to comments. On #GivingTuesday, Online Ambassadors will work peer-to-peer, with their existing friends and contacts, and also reach out to major donors and leverage influencers (activists, politicians, journalists) with more social media contacts.
Social Media Ambassadors will be expected to:
(1) make an online donation on or before December 1st using the donation page at, and to use the “Share via email” option to share the  donation pages.
(2) to introduce relevant hashtags before December 1st:
#AlbanyForArt a new hashtag for all beneficiaries of the Albany Food and Wine Festival
#SaveStAnthonys for the Building Fund
#AVoiceInAlbany for the WCAA Transmitter Fund.
(3) Use a #GivingTuesday banner image or profile picture on December 1st. (Available here. We will also make a Facebook Banner page specifically for our campaign.)

Interested? Sign up using the contact form at the bottom of this page!

Real World Ambassadors!

Have you heard about our heat? It’s been a long time coming! We hope it will be on by the end of the month.

A group of dedicated volunteers have cleared out the entire basement this September and October to prepare for the installation of the furnaces and ductwork.

We want to show off the basement! With the heat, or without. But, we are all quite tired and weary from the dusty grunt work of hauling out trash and power-washing long forgotten corners of our crypt.  We are looking for a friend, old or new, from the community who would take the lead a reception and tour of the basement on #GivingTuesday. It could be during the day or after work. Contact us if you are interested.

Signup for Social Media Ambassadors

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