North Troy Peoples’ History Museum and Story Candles Opening
Location: NATURE Lab, 3334 6th Ave., Troy, NY
Brenda Kenneally’s North Troy Peoples’ History Museum explores the changes and evolution of families in this neighborhood. It is sited in the former home of the family she chronicled for her project “Upstate Girls.” After the family was forced to leave, the building was left vacant and fell into disrepair. It was acquired by The Sanctuary for Independent Media and repurposed into a community bio art space.
Story Candles, created by Brenda Kenneally, co-produced by Kathryn Draper with additional support from Stacey Draper and others at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, is a 16-foot cargo trailer transformed into a participatory travelling installation to honor the children from Breathing Lights’ communities whose lives have ended too soon. The “memory bank” is a collection of words, pictures and audio reflections culled from these communities to form an open-ended collage to keep the stories of these young people alive. Many thanks to the dedicated artists and research librarians who made this installation possible.
Full run – North Troy Peoples’ History Museum: 9/30 – 11/30 . By appointment. Visit www.mediasanctuary.org for reservations.
Vacant Buildings, Vanished Dreams Opening
Freedom Square, 39 5th Avenue, Troy
In collaboration with the Workforce Development Institute, this experimental media arts mapping project includes walking tours led by Neighborhood Ambassadors in the community immediately surrounding The Sanctuary and expresses working people’s economic, social and personal experiences as they struggle to survive amidst urban blight. Featured videos include works by Youth Media Sanctuary, media artist Julie Caspar Roth and artist Melissa Sarris.
**6-9pm Shuttle loop among the Arts Center, Collar Works, Freedom Square and through the Breathing Lights Troy installation, as part of Troy Night Out!