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Branching Out: Amplified Voices Mural Unveiling and Performance Series

[All ages] Albany Public Library is excited to announce 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 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

The Age, a Soul artist, has traveled throughout the country sharing his smooth tones, and inventive lyrics. Originally from Upstate NY, Age's music brings together both influences from the laid back west coast and New York's underground late night jazz scene. Together with some of the Capital Region's most talented musicians, The Age delivers an unforgettable performance. A musician since his adolescent years, Age finally discovered his true sound after moving to Southern California. He has since returned to the East Coast to share his melodies and continue his musical journey.

Victory Soul Orchestra is a hometown horn funk favorite. The dirty sounds of New Orleans brass drive their sound with some influences including Galactic as well as the Dap Kings. You can also find them fronted by Albany’s own JB aka Dirty Moses and singer Dali Soto.

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:
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time:
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Location:
Pine Hills - Courtyard
Campus:
Pine Hills
Audience:
  All Ages  
Categories:
  All Ages Program     Music & Movies  

Event Organizer

Tor Loney

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