On Friday, June 18th youth from Our Art Class, Albany 518 SNUG & The West Hill Refugee Welcome Center, supported by The Proud Path & the Albany Leo Club joined with APD Officer Silver to create and display art and messages of hope under the Palace Theatre marquee in celebration of Juneteenth.
The Palace Theatre is proud to once again host this inspiring Juneteenth neighborhood presentation and support these wonderful community organizations.
Our Art Class, seeing a need for energetic, trauma informed care work in this area, was formed to provide sensible solutions. They have consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community. Starting workshops in Arbor Hill in 2016 they have expanded their outreach to the South End, West Hill, and Delaware Avenue neighborhoods. With a focus on making the maximum positive effort for their community, members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps affect change providing solutions that make a long-lasting difference.
Albany 518 SNUG is run out of New York’s Department of Criminal Justice Services and is implemented as a Cure Violence model. Trinity Alliance houses two of these violence prevention and intervention programs, based in Albany and Troy respectively beginning in October 2010, followed by Troy in 2015. Their Outreach Workers lead by example and earn the trust of our participants by showing them that a violence-free lifestyle is desirable.
The West Hill Refugee Welcome Center is a melting-pot of learning and cultural exchange for both refugees and volunteers. This public space accommodates a variety of needs and services, including English language classes, student homework help, public health lessons, and other group or social activities.