This summer, GSCA presents Grand Walks, a series of walks to cultural organizations throughout the City of Albany. [More info] This Fall, we will present a film festival on the theme of walking, and also our Community Radio Skill Share series.
We are planning a free performance at St. Anthony’s by Classic Theater Guild as soon as the building has reopened.
Since 2012, we have reduced our programming to focus on building renovation.
Our oldest program, YouthOrganics!, which moved to a garden at Hawk Street in the South End, is now on indefinite hiatus. Our core program, YouthFX, takes place off-site, conducting an 8-week summer film academy at the Albany Free School, and year round programs at the Albany Public Library and Albany High School. YouthFX is currently in transition to becoming an independent organization.
We have an FCC Construction Permit to build a LPFM station: our community radio station–WCAA–will be the first program to move back into St. Anthony’s Church.
Looking ahead, our programming priority is to provide music and theater as free public celebrations, serving our neighborhood, and the youth of Albany. We aim to be a hub for community and culture, partnering with other organizations who can use our space to present classes (music, art, dance) and art exhibitions.
From 2004-12, Grand Street Community Arts presented art exhibitions, theater performances and art & music classes, with a focus on children, youth and families. At that time, GSCA also spearheaded vacant lot renewal projects throughout the South End, and played host for community meetings. A brochure film from 2009 produced by YouthFX called “Grand Arts” provides an excellent portrait of the organization during that period.