Erasing Spaces and Faces: The Legacy of Urban Renewal in Saratoga Springs

Oct 17, 2021 2:00PM—4:00PM


The Frederick Allen Elks Lodge 69 Beekman Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Join us at The Frederick Allen Elks Lodge, one of the last standing Black establishments in Saratoga, for a series of open mic events where we invite members (current or past) of Saratoga Springs neighborhoods affected by urban renewal to share their stories, poems, songs and artwork of displacement and gentrification. The first hour of this program will be dedicated to hearing from community members and the second hour will be an open invitation for attendees to participate in art making while we enjoy food, music and community around this effort to envision and record displacement through art. This is a family friendly series of programs and all community members are welcome to attend/participate. Members of BIPOC, Immigrant and LGTBQ+ communities who have experienced displacement are strongly encouraged to participate.
If you are interested in participating as a storyteller, visual, spoken word or musical artist please contact Julie Lewis518-727-7941/

2-4pm | FREE
Family friendly, All are welcome
The Frederick Allen Elks Lodge | 69 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs

***Attendees (and parents) must wear masks for all indoor classes. We will provide appropriately physically distant seating. Masks are optional for outdoor locations. Please only attend programs if you are symptom free. Please stay home if you are feeling sick. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be available at all programs, and must be used upon arrival. We will be minimizing sharing of art materials and provide individualized bins of materials at all classes. Please check in with CREATE instructor/volunteer upon arrival. We will ask attendee full name and contact ph#. This is recommended practice so if there is a case, we can alert DOH if necessary for contact tracing purposes.