With the goal of promoting Albany’s history and culture through art, the 1624 Keepsake Challenge invites residents and visitors to create 1,624 hand-painted trading cards at events and locations throughout the City of Albany. The name of the initiative celebrates Albany’s first trade settlement as Fort Orange in 1624.
Pieces will be displayed at Albany City Hall as a prelude to the Annual Tulip Festival. The cards will then be used to create a work of art to be presented to Albany’s Sister City in the Netherlands, Nijmegen. This gift is a symbol of the revitalization of the Sister City relationship and Albany’s commitment to establishing an ongoing cultural exchange.
As of today’s date, trading cards and art supplies can be found at the following participating locations:Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 www.albanycentergallery.org
(518) 462-4775 Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207 www.albany.org/visitors-center
Albany City Hall
24 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207 www.albanyny.org
The City also recently settled contracts with the Teamsters Local 294 and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 158.
- Issued a Small Business Saturday Proclamation and listed Albany, New York on ShopSmall.com
- Engaged Albany, New York business improvement districts and main streets in planning Small Business Saturday shopping events on November 26th
- Calls on residents to show their love for small businesses by posting on social media about their favorite local shops and restaurants in Albany, New York with #ShopSmall and #DineSmall
- processing claims with in-house nurses and attorneys, rather than outsourced reviewers;
- ensuring injured workers receive care without waiting, enabling them to return to work faster;
- creating efficiencies by using workers’ comp software instead of paper filings.