Art, in its many forms, is a way for people to make sense of history and culture and to express the character of a place and its people. Albany County is full of opportunities to engage with art in traditional settings and in unexpected spaces. The recent explosion of public art in our area - from an 8000-pound Alexander Calder outdoor sculpture to the "Downtown is Pawsome" project with colorfully customized Nipper canine sculptures - creates community and conversation. In addition to adding color and visual interest to our area, the works have become local attractions and popular selfie spots for residents and visitors alike. This year we will be highlighting some of the many ways you can experience art in Albany. #ArtfulAlbany
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The 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide was inspired by the #CapitalWalls murals brightening up downtown Albany. This project was spearheaded by the Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn and the Albany Parking Authority and provides Albany visitors and residents with uplifting, educational and thought-provoking works of public art. Throughout 2020, Discover Albany will highlight all of the various ways art is incorporated in the community from restaurants, to meeting spaces, to craft beverage producers, to historic and heritage sites.