Spirit of Suffragettes Summer Concert Series and Resource Fair Announced

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The Spirit of the Suffragettes free outdoor summer concert series and community resource fair will offer music and information about food resources to the community in Troy, NY all through July and August. Starting in June, the fair has series has been highlighting musicians who are women and gender non-conforming. Concerts will be held at 35 Fifth Avenue in North Troy, at the intersection where 5th and 6th Avenues meet at 101st Street.

From mid-July through mid-August, there will be Tuesday evening concerts with themes highlighting the same values of our country’s Suffragettes, the women who fought for the right to vote. Women continue to struggle for equality in our country, and especially women of color continue to struggle economically in our current system. The concert series seeks to educate and empower its audience with awareness and energy to confront inequalities within our current culture.

The Spirit of the Suffragettes seeks to increase support for women, gender non-conforming and non-binary artists, and notes in their ethos statement that they recognize that women often bear the load of caring for and providing for children, many of whom live below the poverty line. The fair’s connection to resources will help support both female artists and also female audience members seeking community connection and support.

Each of the free outdoor music events will also feature free food, free arts activities and a community resource fair. 

The rain site is adjacent to Freedom Square at The Sanctuary
for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy.  Visit the
website www.mediasanctuary.org, or call 518-272-2390 for directions and more information.

Here is the complete schedule and lineup:

5-8 PM Tue 7/16 Martha Redbone and Girl Blue
5-8 PM Tue 7/23 OKAN and Climbing Poe Tree
5-8 PM Tue 7/30 Crys Matthews and Amy Rigby
5-8 PM Tue 8/6  Sammus and Nitty Scott
5-8 PM Tue 8/13 OSHUN and Mourning [A] BLKstar
5-8 PM Tue 8/20 Eljuri and Taina Asili
3-6 PM Sat 9/21 Toko Telo and KATANI

ABOUT FREEDOM SQUARE

This mystical corner is an outdoor space where the Sanctuary hosts
festivals and community events, serving as our resident arts and
culture space. Freedom Square was born from community efforts; from
the garden, fenced by repurposed bicycle wheels, to the Freedom Square
stage, made up of a mosaic of tiles crafted by dedicated Troy
volunteers.

The square serves as a venue for a host of seasonal celebrations.
These festivities are always free and open to the public, featuring
different community organizations, various musicians, and food sourced
from the Collard City Growers’ Garden, just a block away. One such
seasonal celebration is our annual “StoryHarvest: From Seed to Table,”
addressing food justice during the seasonal harvest. This event
encourages diverse members of the community to come together to
celebrate and connect over stories of food. StoryHarvest connects art,
culture, and food to strive for the health and welfare of our
community. Food from Collard City Growers is harvested by neighborhood
youth to create a healthy feast for the celebration.

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