New artist-in-residency program to promote Gloversville officially starts

GLOVERSVILLE — Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings said the Artist in Residence Program is ready to get up and running.

The 2018 program sees the selected artist Nicolina Schonfarber documenting downtown Gloversville over the course of a 12-month period.

Pop-up shows, public art pieces and free workshops, in addition to a postcard marketing campaign and dedicated website will be included in the project.

“The goal of the ARP is to create a continuing catalog of work, throughout the years, dedicated solely to the people, places, and community that make Gloversville a great place to live, work and visit. Each year, the [artist in residence program] will be tasked with the same directive: to document downtown through their specialized medium. Schonfarber specializes in art-text, a way of combining story with visual images and is a Gloversville resident,” Jennings wrote on the website about the program.

Jennings told the board of directors for the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth on Friday that the first major piece in the program will be an 8-foot by 8-foot installation that will go into a downtown shop window that should be unveiled in mid-February.

Jennings said she has applied for two grants for the position, but said she is still seeking sponsorship opportunities.

Those opportunities can be found on the new Downtown Gloversville at: downtowngloversville.org. The website is up and running and includes a calendar of downtown events hosted by CRG. The 2018 calendar includes:

∫ Placemaking 101 — a conference for economic development professionals to be held April 18 and 19. Jennings said she is working to confirm the main speaker for the event.

∫ Twilight Market — a downtown farmers market and fun family night out held July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14;

∫ Glove City Arts Festival — a weekend-long celebration of art in downtown Gloversville from Aug. 10 through 12;

∫ Bacon Jam — a bacon and music festival held on Sept. 29.

“That is going to be a resource for downtown events and initiatives that are happening downtown,” Jennings said.

Also on the site are business profiles, downtown programs and sponsorship opportunities.

County planner Scott Henze told Jennings during the CRG meeting that video that was taken of Downtown Gloversville for a county project could possibly be used on the downtown website.

Jennings said the site also includes an area for sponsorship opportunities. She also sent out mailings this week to businesses about the sponsorship opportunities and the new website.

“It included a letter from me directing people to the website, because the sponsorship benefits are so involved I couldn’t fit them all in a mailer,” she said.

Jennings said sponsors are being sought for the Placemaking Conference and Artist in Residence. Additional sponsorships are sought for the Twilight Market, Glove City Arts Festival and Bacon jam.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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