At Grand Street Community Arts, we develop strong community-based partnerships with a variety of non-profit organizations and local institutions.
Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy
AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows Program
The Siena College AmeriCorps*VISTA Program provides help to build, sustain, and promote civic engagement by fostering reciprocal relationships between students, faculty, administration and our local community in need. Our program focuses on assisting faculty members, students and community partners to work with all walks of life. Our actions commit to our core values of St. Francis and allow our students, faculty and administration to seek direct actions towards academic excellence through their civic engagement and participating in programs that help to increase capacity in areas of our community that need it most.
AmeriCorps VISTA members spend one year in full-time service to address the needs of low-income communities. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
Sage College of Albany
Department of Visual Arts
Sage College’s Visual Arts program helps students build a strong portfolio of art and design work and prepares you for a career in graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, or fine art.
Trinity Institution provides services to the community that will support and promote healthy families, adults and children including efforts to assist in restoring dignity and respect to individuals and families. Trinity Institution is located one block down from Grand Street Community Arts.
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kind.
We are currently collaborating on a Regional Youth Film Showcase project with the Sanctuary for Independent Media.
AVillage is a grassroots group working to improve, enrich, and empower the lives of children and families in the Albany community. AVillage strives to work with other community organizations like GSCA to bring more resources and events to people in the South End.
Learn more information about AVillage through their website here.
Capital District Permaculture Guild
Is a network of permaculture designers and practitioners based in New York’s Capital District-Albany, Schenectady, Troy and surrounding towns. Some Albany members are active participants in our Vacant Lot Projects. They are the sponsoring organization of the 84-92 Catherine Street Lots.
Learn more about the guild on their blog here.
We Are Architects
Is a local architecture collective that are participants in our Vacant Lot Project. Their recent installation, “The Flag Project” was showcased on the Catherine Street Lot in Albany’s South End neighborhood.
Visit their website to learn more about them here.
Albany Free School
Founded in 1969, The Free School in Albany, New York is the longest running inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. They are located right around the corner from GSCA and offer a unique alternative to traditional models of education by giving children complete freedom over their learning.
To learn more about the Albany Free School, visit their website here.
Upstate Artist Guild (UAG)
A not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art. Their mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.
GSCA is an active participant in their First Friday series, every first Friday of the month. For more information, please go to the UAG website.
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH)
Is an Albany organization that has served the homeless community since 1984. IPH offers programs and services including a 30-bed emergency shelter, Drop-In Center, housing program and summer youth program. IPH helps individuals and families by meeting their immediate needs, providing case management services to address individual factors of homelessness so they are able to find safe, affordable housing and utilizing support through long term case management services to maintain housing and continue to build a stable lifestyle.
IPH is currently utilizing a couple of GSCA’s Youth FX film production crew to create a new interactive promotional video for IPH’s services.