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Branching Out: Amplified Voices Mural Unveiling and Performance Series

[All ages] Albany Public Library is excited to announce the second event in our new Branching Out: Amplified Voices initiative. This is a new mural and performance program supported by the Communities Engagement Grant from the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library, and a Stephen J McKee Foundation grant administered by the Center for Law and Justice, with the intention of addressing systemic racism and uplifting BIPOC artists, while supporting libraries and partner organizations to more deeply connect with communities of color in their service areas. In partnership with Youth FX, Albany Barn, and Albany Center Gallery, and led by artist collective Amplified Voices, the program began in August with the creation of a portable mural that will travel to multiple Albany Public Library branches, Troy Public Library, and Schenectady County Public Library. The mural was created by teens from these communities, who worked with Amplified Voices mentors including Jammella Anderson, D. Colin, Raè Frasier, and Chloe Harrison and lead educators Jade Warrick and Eugene O’Neill on mindfulness, personal expression, project planning, and art techniques. (Here is a short documentary of their process.)

At the APL branches, the mural exhibitions will be further amplified with live performances by local BIPOC performers, who will also offer educational art programs for patrons in the weeks following their performances. Special thanks goes to DJ Trumastr for curating these shows, and to Youth FX who will record and livestream them.

This month's mural display and performances take place at the Bach Branch, on Tuesday, September 21, hosted by DJ AyO with D. Colin and Mike Larry Draw performing.
The final Albany display and performances will take place at the Pine Hills Branch on Wednesday, October 6, hosted by DJ Nate Da Great with The Age and Victory Soul Orchestra performing.

All programs will also be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/albanynylibrary/live

Performer Bios

D. Colin is a poet, actor, and visual artist living in Troy, NY.  As a multidisciplinary artist, she aims to inspire, empower and educate through poetry, paint and performance and is passionate about cultivating space for stories, healing and community. She is the author of two poetry collections, Dreaming in Kreyol and Said the Swing to the Hoop. She is also a Cave Canem, VONA and New York State Writers Institute fellow with degrees in English and Africana Studies. Since 2016, D. Colin has been running Poetic Vibe, a weekly open mic voted best in the Capital Region in 2019.

Mike Larry Draw is a Grammy Nominated American, “Polymath” record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate. Mike Larry Draw builds an artist to fan relationships with all the people he meets, and takes pride in the aesthetics and uniqueness of each show, meeting or pop up. His brand is the Clash between Aggressive sounds and elegant soul music. Living by the motto “Do not cut corners”, The brand has been operating professionally since 2011. His efforts to propagate conscious material helped solidify him on major platforms such as Bet, WNYC, Bravo and many more. While musical genius and ingenuity are at the forefront of Lupe’s achievements, the artist extends his innovation to projects that aim to foster creative discourse and opportunities in underprivileged and impoverished communities. Their continued efforts to elevate community engagement can be seen through the myriad of movements he has founded and supported. As the founder and owner of community initiatives such as Kaizen Club and Anomaly Konglomerate. Mike Larry Draw proves that he is more than just a mouthpiece for change, but a committed facilitator of intellectual community discourse and outreach through entertainment. He’s pushing boundaries as far as he can take it in order to introduce unthought of creativity for futures to come.

Special Thanks

The mural and performance series are part of the library’s new Branching Out initiative which is supported by the Communities Engagement Grant from the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library, and a Stephen J McKee Foundation grant administered by the Center for Law and Justice, with the intention of addressing systemic racism and uplifting BIPOC artists, while supporting libraries and partner organizations to more deeply connect with communities of color in their service areas.  In partnership with Youth FX, Albany Barn, and Albany Center Gallery, and led by Amplified Voices, this mural will travel to multiple Albany Public Library branches, Troy Public Library, and Schenectady County Public Library over the next several months. This artwork was created by teens from these communities, who worked with Amplified Voices mentors including Jammella Anderson, D. Colin, Raè Frasier, and Chloe Harrison; and lead educators Jade Warrick and Eugene O’Neill on mindfulness, personal expression, project planning, and art techniques. (Here is a short documentary of their process.) At the APL branches, the mural exhibitions will be amplified with live performances by local BIPOC performers, who will also offer educational art programs for patrons in the weeks following their performances. 

This program would not be possible without the amazing generosity of our amazing community partners. In addition to the grant support, this program has received support from Young Futures, Albany 518 SNUG, Create Community Studios, Team HERO, Tech Valley Shuttle, Honest Weight Food Co-op, and Blick Art Materials.  These organizations have donated services, time, money, and more to make this program a reality.

Date:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time:
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Location:
Bach - Garden
Campus:
Bach
Audience:
  All Ages  
Categories:
  All Ages Program     Music & Movies  

Event Organizer

Tor Loney

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