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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Delaware Trolley House & Cafe
Hudson River Coffee House
Stacks Coffee Shop (Downtown)
Trading Card Locations as of 4.18.17