Spirit of the Suffragettes

singing tainaSpirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square. Heads up–this will be Saturday June 8 from 3-6 PM as well as every Tuesday July 16th to August 20th from 5-8 PM and Saturday September 21 from 3-6 PM!!

Suffragette standing on Freedom SquareThe century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.

Highlighting discrimination of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists, particularly women of color, Spirit of the Suffragettes responds to the inequity facing women artists. All-male acts make up the overwhelming majority of festival lineups; femme artists face pervasive under-representation in museums and galleries.

dancing girl at Freedom FestivalThe community resource fair is an opportunity to highlight the organizations and opportunities that can support women and families in North Central Troy and beyond. Our neighborhood is rich in loving people, important history and ecological significance, but more than two thirds of children here live below the poverty line. Women bear the heavy load of caring for their families against all odds. We can still learn from the suffragettes, elevating the concerns of women to a statewide and national level.

Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!

Suffragette Parade - New York City May 6th, 1912Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!

And thank you to the sponsors and foundations helping us meet the matching funds required to pull this off!

The Tides Foundation
The O’Bryan Family Foundation
Tom Phelan Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

In anticipation for the Spirit of the Suffragettes summer concert series and resource fair, Hudson Mohawk Magazine correspondent Cassidy McCabe is producing radio segments showcasing local activists and organization work that connect local social justice work to our history. These radio segments will be shared on the WOOC 105.3 FM Troy, WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady, and uploaded to Soundcloud and iTunes for download and unlimited access.

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