The Arts Center of the Capital Region Announces Meg Jala’s Dear Human Project

TROY – The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces the final project of Meg Jala’s residency at the Fish Market Project entitled Dear Human, an exhibition and performance taking place at the Fish Market Residency at 2952 6th Ave, Troy. The cast includes Meg Jala, Nikki Rogers, Eliana Rowe, Annarosa Mudd, Morgan Heyward & Ashley Whiteside.

The Dear Human Project began as a performance art piece, in which the artist invited people to interact with her on a one on one basis to investigate and discover what they needed at moment. Taking place primarily on the streets, its purpose was to remember our humanity and our need for authentic connection.

It has since evolved into a comprehensive installation, composed of different immersive experiences. Participants will have the option of participating in stations such as The Catch & Release, The Breathe Box, Move with Me, Play with Me, and Sit with Me while also viewing art that the artist has created. The installation includes large scale environments, paintings, photography, film, and the written word.

As part of the interactive experience, participants will select a card from a pile to choose the interaction that they want to have with the performer. At the end of the interaction the participant receives an original letter. No two letters are the same. Dear Human was created to bridge the gap between what we say and what is left unsaid that we need to communicate.

Staged readings augment the interactive experience.  They feature the artist’s personal letters from various times in her life from childhood through adulthood. It chronicles the writer’s experiences through disability, motherhood, abuse, racism, finding herself, romance and healing.

WARNING: The staged readings touch on topics that may be triggering and are not suitable for children.  Teenagers are welcome with adult supervision.  

The exhibition is interactive, performative, and open to the public at these times:

Dear Human Installation ONLY (family Friendly):

Sat. January 8 & Sun. January 9: 12pm-3pm

Dear Human Installation and performance:

Thurs. January 13: Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., staged reading starts at 6:30 p.m.

Fri. January 14: Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., staged reading starts at 6:30 p.m. with reception to follow.


Tickets are sold on a pay what you can donation basis. Donate what you feel called to give and can afford. Community is the most important facet in this installation and your presence is appreciated above all else.

**Masks will be required for all attendees.**

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About Meg Jala:

Meg Jala is a multidisciplinary intuitive artist & storyteller who believes that art has the capacity to open the eyes and hearts of us all. She is known for using strong imagery, staging, movement and immersive storytelling that breaks down the fourth wall and opens communication lines for exploration. Meg has developed gallery performance-based experiential art through the lens of multimedia and has performed in a variety of productions, ranging from theatre to film. Meg premiered her show BODY: An Experiential Art Installation (as Meg Affonso) at the Albany Center Gallery in August 2020. Meg has studied various forms of dance throughout her life and has choreographed, produced & directed plays, films and events. Meg has written two screenplays and a stage play and continues to be open to art in all of its forms. Meg’s mission is to tell stories that matter, and to help others by introducing them to art as a multifaceted healing modality.


Gallery Hours:

Monday: 9 – 4 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

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