C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios is thrilled to announce the next series in our community reading, discussion and art-making groups with SEEN (Saratoga Educational Equity Network) will center around James Baldwin’s Collected Essays, starting March 7. Our first discussion will center around Baldwin’s 1965 Ebony essay, “White Man’s Guilt,” in which he reflects on the role of history in shaping present identities. Baldwin’s writings are accessible but challenging, provoking us to continue conversations about identity, American politics, community, the role of art, and the place of history in contemporary life. **Free to attend**
Books are available at a discount at Northshire if you want your own copy or like to mark things up, and books will be available to borrow for participants in attendance. In the meantime, the first reading is also available on Google Books, along with the Ebony archive. This program is supported by a grant from Humanities NY, and runs as part of C.R.E.A.T.E.’s ongoing program series Erasing Spaces and Faces with community support from MLK Saratoga, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs Public Library, and Skidmore College’s MDOCS program.
Upcoming Classes – 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16
***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.