‘arts.about.ALBANY’ ongoing through October

ALBANY — With plenty of activity in the arts and cultural arenas taking place in Albany in the coming weeks, officials hope the area’s residents will take advantage of them.

Representatives from several organizations including the Albany Chorale, Theatre Albany, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Albany Civil Rights Institute gathered at the Albany Area Arts Council on Thursday to help kick off the “arts.about.ALBANY” promotion for the month of October.

“We felt October was a great month (for the promotion) because there was a lot going on,” said Carol Hetzler, executive director of the Albany Area Arts Council. “It was also very timely, with all (these organizations) having released their season schedules.

“This is not just our member agencies, but everything. There is something for everybody.”

The general idea, officials say, is to boost an interest in the arts in Albany.

“I think it is a strong community asset here,” Hetzler said. “Even for a town this size, it is really plentiful. We all feel the arts make the community a better place to live and work.”

The first concert of the season for Albany Chorale is taking place on Oct. 22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Proceeds from the concert are expected to help underwrite vocal student scholarships at Darton State College and Albany State University.

The motivation for the group to participate in the campaign, however, goes beyond just promoting themselves.

“It’s the arts, and everyone benefits from it,” said Pat Gohman, a member of the chorale. “It broadens your horizons. I don’t think a little bit of art hurts anyone.”

A choral group from ASU is also expected to participate in the concert, Gohman said.

Mark Costello, artistic director for Theatre Albany, was of a similar frame of mind as Gohman, saying Thursday that art fulfills “the urge to create.”

“Everyone wants to express themselves in some form or fashion,” he said. “Everybody has their own perspective.”

The next show in line for Theatre Albany is “Spider Island,” which is slated for performances from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28 and from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4.

Some of the other arts and cultural opportunities taking place include the “Mixing Media” exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art ongoing through Oct. 31, “Crimes of the Heart” through Sunday by the Darton Theatre and a Freedom Singers performance at the Albany Civil Rights Institute entitled “Music of the Southwest Georgia Movement” on Oct. 13.

For a more complete listing of events taking place during the month of October, visit www.albanyartscouncil.org or call (229) 439-2787.