1.The Beekman Boys on the space that made them

founders Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge consider how their company will outlive them and how they will preserve the Sharon Springs farm that birthed a whirlwind of inspiration and creativity.

2. Schuyler Bull of Fort Orange General Store is all in on Albany

Along with showing off locally focused goods, Fort Orange also serves as an intimate community gathering space for creative workshops and events. Photo: Richard Lovrich

3. Root3d offers home for marginalized communities to explore the healing arts

The yoga, reiki and wellness arts center is also host to mental health group meetings, crisis management assistance, dance, writing and acting workshops and more. Photo: Kiki Vassilakis

4. Former church in Troy serves community

The Oakwood Community Center is home to Swordpaw Studios, a once-a-week food pantry, community dinners, party spaces, worship meetings and more. Photo: Shannon Straney

5. DJ TGIF’s annual 518 Day block party

DJ TGIF on how to organize an effective city event to cultivate community and celebrate local performers.

6. Creatives Under 40: Architect Kristin Diotte

The Schenectady architect and designer behind community building projects and well known buildings in the region.

7. Patrick Harris on local arts

The president of Collectiveffort on his favorite aspects of the local arts scene and how it can continue to develop.

8. Creativity in constant motion at Arts Letters & Numbers

The Averill Park residency and studio space that fosters artists from around the world.

9. Making art and managing mental health

Local musicians weigh in on the unique mental health issues they face and how they cope. Art: Cara Hanley

10. C.R.E.A.T.E Studios encourages mental wellness through creativity

C.R.E.A.T.E. provides expressive arts services through two supportive community based arts centers in Schenectady and Saratoga. Photo: Richard Lovrich