Palace Theatre Celebrates Youth Art and Juneteenth

The Palace Theatre celebrated youth artwork and Juneteenth with a special viewing of artwork, choir music, and chalk drawings under the Palace marquis Sunday afternoon. Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and United States Congressman Paul Tonko joined in the celebration as the Juneteenth Choir sang uplifting gospel under the direction of Linda Mallory Mitchell.

Many children from “Our Art Class” were onsite as their artwork was displayed, although a few missed the chance due to fatigue from the previous day’s boxing activities according to Aprecia “Preem” Cabey, “Our Art Class” co-founder. The children were on hand to receive awards for their great works.

The Refugee Welcome Center was also present with artists who had recently completed a mural project in the city. Many of these children also were recognized and awarded for their efforts.

Uplifted by the choir who sang along with the audience gospel music, the sidewalk event was a hopeful endeavor looking to the children to continue to grow and support anti-racism work in our community.

Photo Gallery by Jim Gilbert

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