The arts an economic boon to New York’s capital region

LATHAM, N.Y. — With the second highest concentration in the country compared to similarly sized regions, the eight-county capital region of New York’s arts scene and creative industries provide nearly 24,000 jobs with a payroll topping $850 million annually.

Industries considered in the creative sector include traditional arts such as painting, music, literature, film and sculpture as well as industries with a design component such as graphic design, computer graphics and architecture.

Recognized as a hub of creativity, employers in such sectors as architecture, computer gaming, graphics and media are finding the capital region the ideal location to found and build a business. Examples include Bala, a Menands-based video game company, and a public art installation in the cities of Troy, Albany and Schenectady called “Breathing Lights,” funded by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

To continue to grow the creative sector, leaders in the community are seeking to implement programs that would teach children (and their parents) about creative career opportunities in elementary school, through high school, college and early professionalism.

Source: Troy Record


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Noah Milligan works as a banker by day, specializing in financing commercial real estate and loan workouts on a national platform. By night, he has delusions of becoming the next Cormac McCarthy. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Empty Sink Publishing, Ridi...