SEEN Community Update: It’s Action Time! Will We See You Monday?

Dear SEEN Community,

This week’s email is short and sweet, with three upcoming opportunities for you to join us. There are lots of ways to get involved, and these are just some of the next events on the calendar!

Monday, February 28th at 8 p.m.

  • SEEN is hosting our next General Meeting! Taking place on Zoom, this will be one of the first opportunities for us to come together to discuss our recent programming, what we’re reading, watching, listening to, and where we want to go next. Going beyond an email to read, click, and eventually delete, this meeting is about the community we’re building, a chance to reintroduce ourselves, and an opportunity to plan and act. Please register online and share about the meeting with your friends.
  • The stakes could not be higher at the District level right now, as equity initiatives, board elections, and more are in the balance. Our community’s ability to come together at the polls, in person, and even on this Monday night are central to progress over peril. 

Sunday, February 27th from 2-4 p.m.

  • The Youth Affinity Group will meet up at C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios at 70 Beekman Street for art making, snacks, and friendship for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13 and 14-18 years old in Saratoga. The Youth Affinity Group is a joint program of SEEN, C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios, Stomping Ground, and Saratoga Black Lives Matter. For more information, contact saratogaaffinitygroup@gmail.com.

Monday, March 7th at 5:30 p.m.

  • The Baldwin Saratoga reading, discussion, and art-making group will meet at C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios. The spring series will focus on James Baldwin’s Collected Essays, and their relevance to contemporary life. Three free copies were distributed through SEEN’s Little Free Libraries, and copies are available at a 20 percent discount if you inquire at the desk at Northshire. Our first session will center around Baldwin’s August 1965 essay for Ebony, White Man’s Guilt,” in which he argues that history is not to be read, but that “we carry it within us,” a provocative starting point for discussion, especially in a town with a slogan of “Health, History and Horses.” Baldwin Saratoga is a collaborative project between C.R.E.A.T.E. and SEEN, with support from Humanities New York and rooted in their James Baldwin’s America program. Each session is designed so that even those who have not completed the reading can participate in discussion, and art-making is inspired by the readings or relevant Black artists, giving everyone different ways to think about the materials. 

We hope to see you at one (or all) of these events!!

~ The SEEN Team

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