So, this isn't actually going to take place until September but it's worth paying attention to this project as it comes together because it's going to be one of the biggest (organization- and space-wise) local arts undertakings in recent memory (ever?).
Samson Contompassis of the Marketplace Gallery will be organizing dozens of artists and Albany property owners for a mass mural show called Living Walls: Albany. Based on an event last summer in Atlanta, the idea is to transform some of the city's aging and decrepit spaces into forums for public art as a way to generate neighborhood pride and revitalization.
In other words:
"Living Walls: Albany is a project designed to raise awareness about the use of public space. It is about exploring options that a smaller city like ours has in terms of bike commuting, sustainable energy options, urban gardening, rebuilding and/or reclaiming buildings as opposed to demolishing them. It will rework the interaction of abandoned and derelict properties to expand the use of public space. Through a series of lectures, performances, and the involvement of some of the world’s great mural artists, the Living Walls project is intent on creating an open dialogue between the people and city."
The project website has more info and sample work by some of the artists who've been invited to take part. And there is plenty of opportunity to get involved, especially if you own a property and would like to donate the wall space. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.