"Found Art" at Freedom Square!

We're coming together as a community! Stop by Freedom Square to check out the newly created magical results! 

On June 15th, the Sanctuary put Freedom Square's new "Art Stage" to the test, as we hosted our first "Freedom Festival" with musical performances Taína Asili y La Banda Rebelde, Albany-based Afro-Latin-reggae-rock fusion inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion, and M.A.K.U Sound System, the NYC based Afro-Columbian band infected with jazz, rock, hip hop, punk and Columbian folkloric rhythms.

This event was inspired by "Juneteenth," the oldest national celebration of the abolition of slavery, which commemorates the announcement of abolition in the state of Texas in 1865. The "Freedom Festival" began with a ceremony to honor the community youth whose ceramic handiwork is to adorn the stage, followed by a potluck.

We had art workshops from 3-5 pm, including more making more mosaic art on the back wall of the Freedom Square Art Stage, a Bike Swag Art Workshop, and a bike clinic!  From 4-5, we honored community members with certificates for thier contributions to Freedom Square Art Stage.

Festivities continued through the evening, with musical performances by Taína Asili y La Banda Rebelde, and M.A.K.U Sound System at 6 and 7 PM. Albany-based musicians Taína Asili and La Banda Rebelde infuse their music with an ardent desire for social change and resistance to oppression, drawing upon many musical traditions to create a unique sound. The 8-musician ensemble M.A.K.U Sound System hails from New York City. While M.A.K.U root their rhythmic foundations Colombian folk music, the band breaks with tradition in their use of electronic instruments, and the pronounced influence of jazz, punk, psychedelic rock, soul, and reggae music on their art.

"Found Art in North Troy" is a year long community wide public art project using found objects to address themes of re-purposing, re-use and sustainability.

After several months of construction this spring at "Freedom Square" this spring, we created an enormous tile mosaic adorning the "Freedom Square Art Stage." On June 1-2nd, visiting mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar led the Found Art Mosaic Mural workshop
























Isaiah Zagar Workshop Poster154.49 KB
Found Art in North Troy Zagar Brochure193.63 KB
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