TPA_Logo_Berry_RGBThe Arts Center of the Capital Region and The City of Troy present



Join us in Troy Summer Square, a pop-up pedestrian plaza at Broadway and River Street, from—July 19th to August 5th. During its 3 week run, we will coordinate programming with local cultural partners, host fun events and showcase “Explore Troy Projects,” temporary projects created by local artists. We will be asking all who interact with us, both in person and digitally, “What Are Your Ideas for art in Troy?” Information gathered will be presented in a Master Plan for Public Art and the ideas generated will be exhibited at the Arts Center for all to see. The Square will be followed up this fall by “Pop-up” Squares, one night of similar programming in other Troy neighborhoods. 

Click HERE to take our public art survey.

(Takes only 5 minutes and you’ll have a chance to win a free t-shirt!)

Calendar of Events

DOWNLOAD FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS. Programs will be presented on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, July 19 – Aug 5. In case of RAIN, all events will move to the Arts Center, across from Monument Square, at 265 River Street.

WEDS 7/19 @ 6-8pm

KICK OFF EVENT. What Is This Place? and Once Upon a Time in Troy.  Join us as we announce the winners of 14 artist projects in the Square and throughout Troy’s neighborhoods. Then learn about the history of Monument Square and take a walking tour of Troy’s downtown monuments led by the Rensselaer County Historical Society and City and County historian, Kathy Sheehan. Lastly, stay for live storyteller, Geraldine Fuhrmann as she leads the audience through stories about Troy’s history and the sculpture atop the monument, an allegorical figure representing “A Call to Arms.”

THUR 7/20 @ 7:30-9:30pm

Open Air: Dessert + Dialogue. Ep. 1: Public Art + the River. Troy’s Collar Works gallery presents confections and conversation around topics in the arts. Panelists include: Fabienne Powell, Empire State Plaza Art Collection; Branda Miller, Sanctuary for Independent Media; John Johanson, Troy’s Urban Trails Project; and Fernando Orellana, artist and Union College professor. Moderated by Michael Oatman, artist and RPI professor. Space is limited. RSVP encouraged. Visit Collar Works website to register.

FRI 7/21 @ 5-8pm

The Borders Project: Shelter Me. Join artist Jackie Weaver in an open dialogue about daily experiences with borders/boundaries as they relate to ideas of home and displacement and those borders that manifest differently in each city/home as invisible lines, through economies, ethnicity, psychology, or other deeply personal ways. Visitors will be invited to explore her collection of hand-made tents.


SAT 7/22 @ 5-7pm

Good Vibes + Dancing. DJ Moondog of the Chill Smith Collective will spin up good times for all to enliven downtown Troy.

WED 7/26 @ 5-7pm

Monumentally Radical Tie-dye Party. Join artist Sarah Haze to create a HUGE tie-dye painting. The Arts Center of the Capital Region would like to invite you back to the 1960’s, when Dada, Fluxus, and Pop Art where in its prime! Lead by artist Sarah, the community is invited to collaborate on the creation of the biggest tie-dye painting Troy has ever seen. Through experimentation, vibrant colors, and hundreds of rubber bands, Monument Square  will be transformed into an art making mecca. Join us, and literally put your painted footprint on your community.


THUR 7/27 @ 7-9pm

Traveling Improvisation. Join artist Jack Magai on a 2-hour-long improvisation in dance, found-object manipulation and music which travels on a route through downtown Troy. The ensemble, members of Emergent Scores Lab (ESL) and other improvisers from the area, will engage with the normal activities and objects on the street, sometimes blending into them only to emerge as performers moments later. This straddling of performative boundaries functions to highlight the lives that are lived on the streets, as well as to draw attention to the artist/spectator divide.


FRI 7/28 @ 6-8pm TROY NIGHT OUT

The “Unveiling:” Top 10 Ideas for Public Art in Troy. Let’s think big and get those juices flowing. Public art experts Todd Bressi and Judie Gilmore will show you the amazing things artists are doing around the country, you tell us what the best ideas for Troy are!


Family Fun Night with Troy Boys and Girls Club. Connect with your kids and your inner kid with hula hoops, corn hole, remote control races and table games.


SAT 7/29 @ 7:30pm

Poetic Vibe. Join poet D. COLIN as she hosts Troy’s Poetic Vibe in Summer Square, and showcases the Collective Poems Collection developed from past sessions of Poetic Vibe.


WED 8/2 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Pop-up Beer Garden + ACE Spark Freelancers Networking Event. For the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy’s (ACE) August ‘Creative Freelancer’ event, ACE invites you to a productive and importantly, fun event outside in the sun. Regional food and beverages will be available and some killer entertainment.


THUR 8/3 @ 5-7pm

Interactive Painting and Good Vibes + Dancing. Join artist Carol Barre to paint a scene from the city of Troy accompanied by jams spun by the Chill Smith Collective DJ’s.

THUR 8/3 @ 7-8:30pm

Radial Diamond Kinetics. Join artist Hana van der Kolk as she hosts her community dance class in the Square. All abilities welcome.


FRI 8/4 @ 6-8pm

Everyday Experts. Artist Melissa Sarris gathers local experts to share their odd and incredible skills. Very inclusive event that allows for multi-generational exchange. Past topics included a local alpaca farmer, how to drink Mate’ tea, an award-winning seven year old drummer, and an army nurses’ take on the Iraq war (after 2nd tour of duty). What everyday experts will she find in Troy?


Anastasia Lewitinn – founder of Butterfly Wings, a non-profit that believes in paying it forward. Her non-perishable and paper products “food” pantry is the only one of its kind in New York state.  She will tell us about how it all began and what they provide the community. The list includes: personal hygiene products, laundry/dish soap, paper products, and much more.  Bring an item to donate to Butterfly Wings if you wish!
Amy Halloran – chef at Unity house and author of The New Bread Basket  a book that focuses on grain, the folks that grow it, and how this impacts our daily loaf.  Amy will be making pancakes for anyone interested with some of this tasty flour. Some assistance from her 2 year old son.
Tony Iannacito – of the Tony of Italy hair salon.  Tony will tell his personal story of immigration from Italy in the 1950’s and his taking every opportunity to train and always learn more of the craft of haircutting.  Anyone feel like getting a haircut?  Tony will be demonstrating his craft!
George Moon and his nephew Raymond – talking about the creation of and demonstration of riding the Tall bike!  How tall you might ask?  About 12 feet high! With the help and support of Troy bike rescue, George is an avid Tall bike rider.  Other bike related surprises are planned!
Jerry and his son Jeriah Ford – presenting some inspiring words, songs and a bit of HipHop to get everyone up and moving around.  Jerry is a very engaged community member who is active with the boys and girls club and much more!


SAT 8/5 @ 5-8pm

“Troy”nglwood BYOP (picnic). Bring a picnic basket and a cozy blanket and join your friends and neighbors for a night of musical entertainment featuring 5pm – the Troy Empowerment Women’s Choir, 6pm – Tsoloi Drummers and Dancers, and 7pm – the Summer Cabaret Show by Troy Civic Theater.

A HUGE thank you to our local supporters, MVP Health Care, The News Apartments, and the Robert and Naomi Ingalls Fund and the Tom Phelan Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for support of the Square which allowed us to hire MORE local artists.



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