Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) partnered to present “The Creative Economy Roundtable Tour” - a series of six events to discuss the region’s Creative Economy data and then listen to the public’s thoughts on how to work together to develop and grow creative jobs and opportunities in our area.

WMHT documented the tour at every stop to highlight the importance and impact of the Creative Economy, and to especially focus on what you think about when considering our region’s identity, economic challenges and opportunities, and how art and culture can help tell our regional story.

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Introduction to the Creative Economy

Learn about the “The Creative Economy Roundtable Tour”.

THE CREATIVE ECONOMY | RENSSELAER COUNTY

Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski | The Creative Economy

Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski talks about the challenges that the Capital Region faces.

Dominique Devito | The Creative Economy

Dominique DeVito talks about how the Creative Economy extends beyond the performing arts.

Benjamin Mojica | The Creative Economy

Benjamin Mojica discusses what he learned about the freelancing economy in the region.

Holly Cargill Cramer | The Creative Economy

Holly Cargill-Cramer shares her thoughts on the regional Creative Economy.

THE CREATIVE ECONOMY | WASHINGTON AND WARREN COUNTIES

Anne Saile | The Creative Economy

Anne Saile discusses why the region is "unlike any place else in the world!"

Gina Mintzer | The Creative Economy

Gina Mintzer explains why she "doesn't want to live anywhere else."

Jim Siplon | The Creative Economy

Jim Siplon discusses the importance of listening to young business leaders.

The Hyde Collection | The Creative Economy

Attendees discuss what they discovered and what challenges lie ahead.

THE CREATIVE ECONOMY | SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Brett Wery | The Creative Economy

Brett Wery discusses the value of staying in our region after graduation.

Gina Gould | The Creative Economy

Gina Gould discusses our region's natural resources.

Juan Fons | The Creative Economy

Juan Fons on why he loves attending ACE events.

Philip Morris | The Creative Economy

Philip Morris explains why "this is a really remarkable place to live."

DIVERSITY IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

Hana Van Der Kolk | Diversity in the Creative Economy

Hana van der Kolk shares their insight into the capacity for interdependence in the region

Darian Henry on Diversity in the Creative Economy

Darian Henry speaks on freelancing, and distribution of resources in our communities.

Aaron Moore on Diversity in the Creative Economy

Aaron Moore shares his sage thoughts on diversity in the creative economy.

Kaciem Swain on Diversity in the Creative Economy

Kaciem shares innovative ideas about growing partnerships and maintaining authenticity.

CREATIVE ECONOMY ON AHA! A HOUSE FOR ARTS

Custom Pumpkins

Check out the stunning carved pumpkins of Brian Bateman.

Artist François Escalmel

Discover the dreamlike imagery of artist François Escalmel.

Devon Gilroy of Tivoli Mushrooms

Follow Devon into the woods on a mushroom foraging adventure.

Behind the Scenes at Opera Saratoga

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Opera Saratoga's newest opera, Ellen West.

Luisa Scivola-Somers of Dancing Ewe Farm

Experience Tuscany in upstate New York in this delicious segment.

New York State Museum Director Mark Schaming

Director Mark Schaming discusses the history and future of the New York State Museum.

Journey through The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi

Explore The Fields sculpture park at Art Omi.

Animator Jordan McClendon

Discover Albany resident, Jordan McClendon's passion for animation.