Albany Barn, Inc. and SNUG (a program of Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region) have partnered to present the “Peace In the Streets – Creative Expressions” exhibition, which will be on display at “Stage 1,” Albany Barn’s community art space located at 46-48 North Swan Street in the Arbor Hill Neighborhood.
“Peace In the Streets – Creative Expressions” will open with a reception on Friday, July 1, 2011, at Stage 1 from 5pm – 9pm in conjunction with the monthly “1st Friday” arts walk in the City of Albany. Refreshments will be served, and the 1st Friday Trolley will provide complimentary transportation.
The purpose of the “Peace In the Streets – Creative Expressions” program is to engage community members about the impact of gun violence in an artistic positive and inspiring way. Students (K-12) and adults were given an opportunity to creatively express the effects of gun violence and the importance of peace. Approximately 50 entries including art work, poetry, and essays will be displayed. There will also be several live performances during the opening reception.
“Peace In the Streets – Creative Expressions” will remain on view at Stage 1 through July. Admission is free. See www.albanybarn.org for gallery hours.
WHAT: “Peace In the Streets – Creative Expressions” Opening Reception
DATE: Friday, July 1, 2011
WHERE: Stage 1: 46-48 North Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210
TIME: 5:00pm – 9:00pm in conjunction with “1st Friday” Arts Walk
SNUG (guns spelled backwards) is a violence intervention program which utilizes a public health approach to reduce shootings/stabbings and killings in a targeted area. It is an evidence based practice patterned after the Chicago Ceasefire Model through practices which include deploying Violence Interrupters/outreach workers; emergency room response at Albany Medical Center to work with victims and families on preventing retaliation; public education to enforce the message that violence is an unacceptable way to manage conflict; community mobilization activities to engage residents, businesses, and service providers; and faith leader involvement to communicate messages of nonviolence and provide support.