October 2017 EXHIBIT
October 1 – 25, 2017
The Newburgh Free Library is pleased to announce a collaborative exhibit between the Center for Hope and Orange County Rape Crisis through the Mental Health Association of Orange County. Youth, ages 13-23 created this artwork after participating in services through these organizations.
The Center for Hope has worked to improve the lives of youth members in the City of Newburgh since they opened their doors in 2011. The staff at the Center and the Rape Crisis Community Educator have teamed up to provide services to the members and their families. The services included several weeks of education on sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention through Safe Dates, a NYS Department of Health approved curriculum. At the conclusion of Safe Dates, the members were provided with art supplies and canvases to create the artwork currently on display at Newburgh Free Library. The artwork provided an avenue for the members to reflect their feelings on sexual assault and the impact on their lives and community.
A secondary project was designing a t-shirt to be distributed to the community throughout 2017. The shirt provided an anti-sexual violence message and information on how to access services. The neon green color was chosen to commemorate the life of a Center for Hope member whose life was lost to gun violence.
Prior to the current display the artwork was shown at SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April of 2017. The artwork will continue to be displayed at rotating venues in the community.
The art show runs through October 27 in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550. This month’s show has some adult themes on display.
If you wish to view the art show and the gate is down, please see a security guard. The Newburgh Free Library is open from 9-9 Monday through Thursday; 9-5 Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 on Sunday. For more information about library programs or upcoming art shows, please call (845) 563-3600.
A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3644 or email email@example.com.