May 27, 2011

Hackett Middle School & Lark Street BID Partner Up to Clean Up Lark Street

On Saturday, June 4th from 12-3pm the Lark Street Business Improvement District will be working with a group of student volunteers, parents, and teachers from Hackett Middle School to clean up Lark Street from Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue. 

Volunteers will be picking up garbage, weeding, removing graffiti, and number of other tasks in order to make Lark Street sparkle. 

Many of the Hackett Middle School volunteers are part of the Time Dollar Program which encourages student and family volunteerism, empowers the community and makes schools and neighborhoods stronger. Time Dollar participants give their personal time to help others. For every hour that a Hackett student or their parent volunteers in the school or on a community project, they will receive a Time Dollar. Time Dollars can then be used to receive a variety of goods and services from the Time Dollar store located on the main floor at Hackett Middle School. The store contains various items such as school supplies, backpacks, DVD players, basketballs, skateboards, and gift cards to local businesses. The Time Dollar program is based on a national model developed by Edgar Cahn, founder of the Time Dollar Institute.  

This successful collaborative effort has been coordinated by Ms. Zena Dorsey, Parent Partner in the resource center, the Lark Street BID, and in partnership with School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, as well as with support from Albany’s Department of General Services, JB Lodge, and CDTA.  The School District and the School of Social Welfare have been involved for several years in a collaborative effort to develop and expand the Time Dollar programs and family resources in the Albany schools.

May 20, 2011

Art On Lark

The Lark Street Business Improvement District is proud to present the 15th Annual Art on Lark 2011 on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. Art on Lark is Albany’s Premier Arts Festival drawing over 25,000 attendees in 2009 and named “Best Arts Event” in the  Times Union Readers Poll in 2009 and 2010. It is the 2nd largest street festival in upstate New York, second only to LarkFEST! This event will host hundreds of artists, musicians, dance and theatre performances, one-day installations, and many more special events that will showcase Lark Street as Albany's Arts District.

New for 2011
Several local Arts Organizations will be contributing to the festivities at Art on Lark 2011 including the addition of an Art Mecca presented by the Marketplace Gallery and Living Walls on Hudson Avenue between Lark and Willett. Come and Watch several artists create an enormous “living walls” mural right in front of your eyes and check out booths representing a number of New York City Galleries and Artists. Additionally, the buildings formerly occupied by Planned Parenthood will be transformed into a one-day “Pop-Up Gallery” packed with Art and Artists. The Pop-Up Gallery is being presented in conjunction with Albany Underground Artists co-founder Chip Fasciana. This space will also play host to the Youth FX Film series by the Grand Street Community Arts Youth Film program with several showings throughout the day. 

We are proud to partner with WEXT 97.7 FM for the 2nd year at Art on Lark 2011!


Madison Stage
     11am      Spaceland

     12pm      Bryan Thomas
     1pm        Olivia Quillio
     2pm       Alta Mira 
     3:10pm   The Red Lions
     4:15pm   Erin Harkes

Washington Stage
     11am   The El Dorados

     11:45am   Zack Cohen
     12:45pm   Albany Poets

     1:30 pm    NeedleGun
     2:30 pm    Mike Poulopoulos
     3:45pm     Disposable Rocket

May 09, 2011

Dana Park Beautification

On Thursday, May 5th, in conjunction with Champagne on the Park, the Lark Street Business Improvement District and representatives from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced the completion of a beautification project of Dana Park.

Sitting at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Lark Street, Dana Park was selected to be the exclusive recipient within the Capital District of a Scotts Miracle-Gro Company beautification project which included the installation of four new elm trees, shrubbery, flower beds, and new sod. George Gellar, from the Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company, commented on the joint effort: “The City of Albany’s Department of General Services and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company teamed up in March of 2011 to beautify Dana Park in downtown Albany. The level of cooperation and collaboration has been tremendously effective in getting the park together in such a short period of time. Without the cooperation and selfless efforts of many, the beautifying of this wonderful piece of Albany history would never have been accomplished.”

The Dana Park beautification project will further the BID’s efforts to utilize the park to bring neighbors and visitors together while appreciating the splendor and importance of nature.