Arts Center of the Capital Region announces new hire

Royah Ansari

The Arts Center of the Capital Region announced today that Royah Ansari is the new Director of Arts in the Community.

In her new role she will work to create community programming and administer the regrants and scholarship programs.

An RPI graduate and a fan of Troy, Ansari touted up the city and its arts scene in a 2008 Times Union article about young professionals. In response to the question “Where do you go in the area to see beauty?” She said, “The Troy Night Out After Party. It’s a perfect example of why I love the area. It’s all different types of people, all ages having a great time, socializing, smiling. It’s something beautiful happening organically.”

Here are more details from the Arts Center:

Ansari received her BS in Management and Marketing and her MBA with a concentration in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has most recently worked as a business consultant for a number of local businesses, including Dark Sky Company, the Troy BID, and Agora Games. Ansari was also a Project Manager and Producer at Agora Games in Troy; a Marketing and Sales Director for Groff Networks in Troy; Manager of the electronic arts series “iEAR presents!” at RPI; and the Founder and Co-Owner of the Shake Shake Mamas Café, also in Troy.

Ansari will be an integral part in growing The Arts Center’s community arts programming and expanding the organization’s presence in the region. She will manage all contract service and arts in education programming with community groups and schools. In addition, she will lead the upcoming design and creative thinking programs and oversee the re-grants and scholarship programs.


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