GRAND STREET COMMUNITY ARTS

After three years of being closed for building repairs, we are excited to say that Grand Street Community Arts is open and ready to serve our city!

Grand Street Community Arts Inc (GSCA) is a non-profit organization nestled in downtown Albany in the center of a community erupting with promise and potential. The mission of GSCA in centered around  enhancing our community through the Arts.  Our vision is to create opportunities for individuals to explore and display their unique artistic gifts and talents. We will also work to provide opportunities for education in our community, (particularly for the youth) in the skill areas and professions related to the Arts.

 

 

Grand Street Community Arts

Winter Newsletter

 

Highlights of 2017…

OUR RADIO

GSCA is excited to announce that we successfully launched our radio station in February! Being on the air with 107.3 FM WCAA will allow local artists, youth, activists and neighbors to have a voice in Albany. WCAA will serve as a platform for the community to perform, entertain, become involved in the arts, inform the public and encourage personal growth. Please tune in to the station and consider becoming a part of the WCAA community!

For more information please contact us at: wcaa@grandarts.org

BUILDING PROGRESS

GSCA received our Certificate of Occupancy in September and is ecstatic to be open to serve our community again! We have utilized funds from last years fundraising efforts to complete several necessary projects in order to get us to this point. This is a tremendous success not only for us but also more importantly for the community. This significant milestone would not have been possible without the skilled labor of the Empowered Construction Workers Association Local 102. EWCA Local 102 began completing work on St. Anthony’s while simultaneously training local residents in various construction trades. We are extremely grateful to EWCA Local 102 for their efforts and expertise! With the building open we are now available to serve and meet the needs of our community. If you are interested in renting the space at GSCA please contact us at: mkbanks8788@gmail.com

FIRST EVENT:

In August GSCA hosted the city’s Mayoral Debate. Candidates came to discuss and share their political views on various topics. This was a great way to re-open the doors while allowing the community a chance to be informed about our city and it’s future.

The GRC

In October we hosted the annual Grass Roots Radio Conference at GSCA. The conference, which lasted 3 days, was a tremendous opportunity to network with other community radio stations from a variety of locations while obtaining invaluable knowledge. We were grateful to be able to learn from others in the field while introducing WCAA and our mission. We even had music & live performances!

This is only a brief ‘snap shot’ of our progress in 2017 none of which would have been possible without your support! We have big plans for 2018. Our emphasis will be on continuing to expand our radio, building our community programming and continuing to restore the building! We hope that you will continue to support us in our vision to restore St. Anthony’s as a center for community and arts!

 

 

 

 

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WCAA Membership Meeting!

WCAA will be having its first ever MEMBERSHIP MEETING on Monday, September 12th. 
Come and be a part of this historic occasion!

Monday, September 12th
Albany Public Library, Washington Ave Branch [Map]

The Membership Meeting will be a general assembly for New & Existing Members of WCAA to get moving in a serious and concerted manner to making Albany’s new LPFM community radio station a reality!

The Working Agenda for this meeting is:
—  Meet The Team: Introductions to key WCAA and GSCA personnel
—  Governance:
– Reviewing the proposed bylaws, considering additions and revisions, arriving at consensus and formally adopting our By-Laws
– Redrawing the organizational chart of WCAA, clarifying positions and roles, appointing people to fill all posts.
– Appointments will made for five (or more) coordinators–Engineering, Programming, IT+Web, Fundraising, Volunteers+Outreach–based on interest.
Breakout: After those appointments are made, there will be a breakout  into separate groups to discuss the tasks to be performed in each area.
Reportback from small groups.

This is not a general interest meeting. This is a working meeting for all new and existing members of WCAA. If you are not already a member, become a member before September 6th to receive the Governance Documents. (The Agenda and Governance Documents will be sent via email to all members for review on Saturday, September 3rd, and resent on September 6th.) You can become a member of WCAA online here, or you can sign up to become a member at the meeting.

Annual Membership is $30, or $5 for those with low- or no-income. “Founder’s Club” Lifetime Memberships are still available for $100.

Membership Meeting

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Community Events at People’s Park

Summer's almost over! Let's get out and get together before school starts! 
There are community events at People's Park/Gabby's Garden this weekend and next weekend. 
Posting here to help spread the word for our friends Abdul, Bhawin, and the Free School. 
See you in the park!

SATURDAY, August 20
1pm – 6pm
Community BBQ, organized by Abdul Nur and Bhawin Suchak
Including spoken word performances and facepainting for kids!

 

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SUNDAY, August 28
12pm – 5pm
Pop-Up Thrift Shop to benefit the Albany Free School

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Come to The Albany Free School‘s POP-UP THRIFT SHOP at Gabby’s Garden (at the corner of Grand and Wibur Streets), and get a map forthe other park, yard, stoop, and street sales throughout the neighborhood.

More info on FB

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Labyrinth Walk Postponed

The last of our #GrandWalks events, a full-moon bike ride and walk through a labyrinth, scheduled for this Thursday, is postponed until the Full Moon of September or October. Stay tuned for confirmed date and more info.

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