("GO-See") is a multi-month program to experience and explore the artistic and cultural contributions of diverse ethnic and cultural populations of our counties.  ​Supported by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, we are expanding our offerings of concerts, workshops, talks, exhibits and local film screenings, and promoting those of community partners.  Join us as we celebrate our rich array of arts, heritage, and culture!

  • Check out upcoming events below
  • Do you/your organization have an event that fits the bill? Send us an email, we want to help promote it!


 

Dream of America:
Separation and Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants

July 15-August 19
Salih Gallery, 24 E. Bank St., Albion.

Open Thu 5-7 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm


Opening reception Sunday, July 23, 1-3 pm

 

The Dream of America exhibit was originally produced at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY in 2016.  It features the photography of Lisa Catalfamo Flores, and artwork created by Latino residents in our Western New York region, many of whom are employed in agriculture.  The exhibit takes us from the milking parlors of New York’s North Country counties to the cinder-block homes of Coyula, Guadalajara, Mexico, and back again.  This straightforward perspective asks that we consider without bias or stereotype, the work being done, and the lives and sacrifices of the workers.  

The exhibit also features the work of regional artists in western New York.  This includes a display of pottery made by farm workers and immigrants who participate in the Voices from the Earth pottery program at World Life Institute in Waterport. The pieces on display are entirely handmade from earthenware clay, and most are glazed in an  array of lively colors. They range from baking dishes and platters to fanciful garden fountains and jars with tropical vines and lizards.  Also featured is a street puppet created by artists Antonio Cruz Zavaleta.  Popular in parades celebrating weddings, community events and holidays in many parts of Mexico, these large puppets dance and spin in the streets as they rest on their carrier's shoulders.

For a virtual preview of the exhibit as originally installed in Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, click HERE


 

Batavia Concert Band: Concert featuring ethnic communities
Wednesday, July 26, 7 pm, Centennial Park, Batavia

This version of the weekly concert will feature Polish, Italian, African American and Latino music and composers, in recognition of the cultural contributions of these ethnic communities in Batavia and throughout Genesee and Orleans counties.


Orleans County 4-H Fair Quilt Show and Orleans 4-H Centennial Quilt

The Orleans County 4-H Fair will feature a new showcase this year located in the Trolley Exhibits Building. Quilts by members of the community will be displayed on the walls to showcase the art form. Quilts will include new creations made for the fair and also several heritage quilts with unique personal stories. The quilts will be on display for the duration of the fair from July 24-29. Additionally the show will include the final stiches of the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension Centennial Quilt. This quilt will be made of 100 squares contributed by 4-Hers and volunteers.


Past Events

Jack Kelly, Author
“Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal”

Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm, Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion
Thursday, July 13, 7 pm, Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia

 
Jack Kelly takes a cultural look at the early 19th century in western and central New York, particularly 
around the building of the Erie Canal.  The time period features interesting characters, including Batavia's own William Morgan, and details major cultural shifts due to the economic changes brought by the canal, as seen through trends in painting, lithographic art, and print publications.  The technological marvel of its age, the canal became the scene of one of the most striking outbursts of imagination in American history. Readers encounter America's very first “crime of the century,” wild treasure hunts, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, our first professional daredevil, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers. Kelly will bring the era to vivid life in his presentation and will be ready to answer your questions!
 

JACK KELLY is a journalist, novelist, and historian. He received the DAR's History Award Medal for his book Band of Giants. He grew up in the Erie Canal region and now lives in New York's Hudson Valley.