1624 Keepsake Challenge Posted February 28, 2017 by acgdirector


To promote Albany’s history and culture, and to inspire and empower residents and visitors, the Albany Albany Center Gallery in coordination with the City of Albany and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is launching the 1624 Keepsake Challenge.

As part of the 1624 Keepsake Challenge, we will be inviting residents and visitors to create 1,624 hand-painted trading cards at events and locations throughout the City of Albany. Pieces will be displayed at Albany City Hall in April, as a prelude to the Annual Tulip Festival. Then, the cards will be used to create a work of art to be presented to Albany’s Sister City in the Netherlands, Nijmegen. This gift is a symbol of the revitalization of the Sister City relationship and Albany’s commitment to establishing an ongoing cultural exchange.

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To make this project successful, we need your help. Create a trading card that reflects your vision of Albany. Think about your favorite place, or thing to do. Think about what makes Albany special. Then, create! This is a great activity for residents and business owners, providing a fun and creative way to reflect our city pride.

If you would be willing to serve as a trading cards creation site, please contact Maeve McEneny at (518) 434-1217 x202 or mmceneny@albany.org to arrange to receive the materials. When all your cards have been completed, please contact her again to arrange for pick-up. Cards must be completed by April 28.

Please find trading cards and art supplies at the following participating locations:

3 Fish Coffee House
Albany Art Room
Albany Center Gallery
Albany City Hall
Albany Institute of History & Art
Albany Public Library – John J. Bach Branch (hosting a Trading Card-making session April 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. More info available here.)
Albany Heritage Area Visitor Center
Cider Belly
Delaware Trolley House & Cafe
Hudson River Coffee House
Stacks Coffee Shop (Downtown)
Uncommon Grounds

Trading Card Locations as of 4.18.17