“If you are a scientist or engineer, an architect or designer, a writer, artist, or musician, or if your creativity is a key factor in your work in business, education, health care, law, or some other profession, you are a member.”
– Richard Florida
The Rise of the Creative Class
On behalf of regional artists, we pleased to extend to you an exclusive invitation to invest in MAKERS • 365 Capital Region Creatives/Social Photographs by Richard Lovrich
, presented in partnership with Albany Center Gallery, the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) and The ALT Weekly.
MAKERS began as a social media experiment as much as a body of work. Photographer Richard Lovrich captured portraits of 365 creatives who reside in or have passed through the Capital Region. In this first phase, Richard shared each portrait on Instagram and Facebook to expose creatives to one another and the public, develop creative connections, and reinforce a positive message about the region’s creative economy.
ACG is pleased to present the second phase of MAKERS as a physical exhibition that will be displayed June 20 to July 21. Our audiences will meet 365 fellow humans, vulnerable, guarded, cheerful or wistful in this portrait gallery of inspirational individuals who contribute in their own ways to the creative world around them. There will also be four live MAKERS 365 CONNECTIONS
panel discussions (one each week of the exhibition), which will offer insight into the minds and lives of creatives, taking the exhibit into a multi-faceted reach in live interaction, on social media and into the news. Due to what we expect will be an historically high opening night and show-run attendance, owing to the popular subject matter and the large number of subject participants, MAKERS will be a very high profile investment for its supporters. This is especially because…
… MAKERS 365
won’t stop when the exhibition ends.
After the ACG exhibition closes on July 21, MAKERS, as coordinated by ACE, will travel to exhibition locations within the Capital Region’s eight counties. The traveling exhibit model is inspired by the successful Breathing Lights project that took place in 3 counties over 6 months in 2016-17. Building on that model, MAKERS will reach all eight Capital Region counties—Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington
—and each exhibit will be tailored to highlight the creatives who call each county their home.
Breathing Lights’ creative approach brought attention to neglected buildings in the region and demonstrated that art has a transformative power. It makes us think differently about our communities and the challenges they face. Similarly, MAKERS highlights the important roles that creatives play in energizing and unifying their workplaces and communities. By showing the diversity of the creatives who live in the Capital Region, Richard Lovrich shines a spotlight on a myriad of creative outlets and sources of income that the Region experiences as a result; our MAKERS are chefs, tattoo artists, performance artists, musicians, actors, traditional fine artists, professors, street artists, and more; they all pour value into the community simply by creating.
Creativity adds optimism, happiness and a unique flair to our communities. It boosts the economy by attracting the very best talent to our area. Creativity is everywhere in the Capital Region. MAKERS illuminates our region’s creative treasures so their value as artists and an economic engine can be recognized, nurtured and celebrated. Every investment in MAKERS will support the production of the initial exhibition and launch of the travel exhibition.
Please make an investment in this unique traveling exhibition that will share the value of our creatives with so many in the Capital Region. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you for considering this request.
Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director
Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway, Albany NY 12208
- $20 to $99
-"Thank You" letter
-Invite to Pre-Artist Reception VIP Event (details to be announced soon!)CREATIVE CONNECTION
- $100 to $249
-Name listing on website
-All benefits from SUPPORTERMAKERS CONNECTION
- $250 to $499
MAKERS 365 conversation
-Name mentioned at the start of MAKERS conversation
-All benefits from CREATIVE CONNECTION level
-All four MAKERS 365 conversations (also becomes a Creative Partner) CREATIVE SUPPORTERS
- $500 to $999
-Logo on materials
-Social media mentions
-Limited Edition print from MAKERS 365 Exhibit
-All benefits from MAKERS CONNECTION levelCREATIVE PARTNERS
- $1,000 to $2,499
-2nd largest logo
-8 social media mentions
-logo on all materials
-All benefits from CREATIVE SUPPORTERS levelCREATIVE LEADER
Largest logo on marketing material
Logo on all materials, mentions on air and interviews
8 social media mentions
Gallery presence/ speaking opportunity at panel discussion
All benefits list abovePlus
● Logo/name on 4,000 printed invitations to MAKERS 365;
● Name listed on the Albany Center Gallery wall for one year (July 2017-July 2018);
● Reserved bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic beverage, if preferred) and signage recognizing your individual sponsorship at the MAKERS 365 opening reception on June 20;
● Logo/name on ACG’s homepage (linked to website, if desired);
● Mentions on ACG’s Facebook (4,900+ followers), Twitter (1,900+ followers), and Instagram (1,365 followers);
● Logo/name in email blasts to 1,800+ community, business, and arts and culture members and patrons, and government officials;
● Complimentary gallery rental for a private event*;
● Complimentary tickets (2) to ACG’s 2017 gala in November.