Our After-school and summer camp programs offer neighborhood children ages 6 thru 17 exposure to the arts and crafts of the African Diaspora. Children participate in classes such as Batik, Hip Hop dance, African dance and drumming, Steel Pan drumming, coding and more. During the after-school hours children are provided with a free healthy snack and during summer camp children are offered a free healthy lunch.
The Jerry Burrell Gallery exhibits the work of African Diasporic Artists, nurturing their talents and providing exposure. Beginning artists can establish a name for themselves and more established artists share their talents with a community that has limited exposure to the Arts. The visual arts enable the community to see its reflection in contemporary and historic art. The gallery space also serves as a meeting place for members of the community. Learn about our current and up coming shows in our Virtual Gallery. Shows are posted online the day after the reception.
Our library promotes the work of African based people, and exposes the public to African Diasporic art, culture and history. Our library encourages positive self-esteem in black youth by exposing them to stories written by and about people who look like themselves. This is especially important for communities of color who are lacking in positive representation. Our stories tell us who we are; stories created by culturally representative members of our community help us envision a place for ourselves in the world. Our Library offers book clubs and writing classes to children and adults
Arts and Education programs provide schools and businesses throughout the Capital District access to quality teachers, lecturers and performers on subjects spanning African Diasporic history, culture and art. Contact us to find out more or to bring a one of our teachers to you!
We also offer classes for the more committed student such as dance and music that are free for children and fee-based for adults. All Adult classes are $12. per class or $60 . for six weeks of classes.
Annual community events include Junteenth in the summer and Kwanzaa in the winter. We also collaborate with other community organizations by offering our services for their community events.
Your support and contributions will help us to serve Schenectady and the Capital Region with positive creative and educational opportunities for children and adults.