North Central Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration

Date(s) - Saturday 12/14/2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us at The Sanctuary for the eighth annual North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration. We’ll have free portraits, art activities, free food, a bike give-away, tours of our new NATURE Lab gallery, the lighting of the tree at Freedom Square (at the corner of 101st and 5th/6th Avenue), and more!!

Back by popular demand! Free photos from internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally for families in the North Troy area! Call (518) 272-2390 to reserve a time. Spaces are limited, so please sign up!

Volunteer with us! 
We need volunteers and  to help with our community meal (cooking, serving and clean up), event set up and breakdown, activity tables, tech support and more! Contact us if you’d like to volunteer, or if your organization would like to table to share resources:

Co-sponsored by North Troy Community Network, Bella NapoliUnity House, Troy Bike Rescue, North Central Little League, TEAM H.E.R.O., Troy Poem Project and Foto Care.

More about the studio portraiture:
Kenneally’s deep connections with Upstate Girls and other families in the North Troy community bring her to the Sanctuary again this year. Together, we will celebrate the holiday season! While families wait for their turn getting their photo taken, we’ll have arts activities in the main Sanctuary space.

Brenda Ann Kenneally is a Guggenheim and Soros Criminal Justice Media Fellow. She attended the University of Miami, where she earned a B.S. in sociology and photojournalism, and New York University, where she received an M.A. in studio art. Kenneally has focused on how families get lost in a culture of drugs and prison. She searches for ways to motivate inner-city women to empower themselves, despite their limited social and economic opportunities. Kenneally’s work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. In 2000, she won the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographer’s Association, and in 2001 she was awarded the International Prize for Photojournalism in Gijon, Spain. Kenneally’s work in Brooklyn has received support from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Mother Jones Documentary Fund, and the Nikon Sabbatical Grant, in addition to the Open Society Institute. Kenneally has worked with us exhibiting her photos, teaching photojournalism workshops, and curating several exhibitions.