Mansion Neighborhood Open Houses

“The word ‘Albany’ has become synonymous with political corruption, but Albany is not the government and it is not a problem,” says Alexis Bhagat, Executive Director of Grand Street Community Arts. “Albany is a living, breathing city with so much to offer. This event serves to showcase just some of the wonderfully radical things going on in Governor Cuomo’s neighborhood.” Grand Street Community Arts (GSCA) located at 68 Grand St., will host an open house from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Enjoy a peek into the historic St. Anthony’s Church and see how it is being transformed (again!) into a center for the arts. This doors of this 12-year old institution have been closed since 2012. From 2004-11, GSCA presented art, music and classes, with a focus on children, youth and families. Since 2012, GSCA has been focused on building renovation and supporting the YouthFX summer film-
making workshop in expanding into an independent organization with year-round programming. GSCA is  working to re-open the building this year, and will serve as a hub for community, arts and culture–a venue for performances, exhibitions and gatherings.
The Albany Free School, located at 8 Elm St., will host an open house at 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.Founded in 1969 by Mary Leue, the Albany Free School is the longest-running inner-city independent alternative school in the United States. The Free School provides unique alternatives to traditional models of education, offering families a radically child-centered and self-directed approach to learning. Visit to see this progressive model of education at work and see how it is true community-based schooling.Come early to enjoy breakfast specials and baked goods at the Free School’s “Sweet Buns Cafe”from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, located at 153 Grand St., will host an
open house from 1 p.m. until 3pm (or later.) “It is possible to meet human needs while simultaneously restoring ecosystems,” says Radix Center founders, Scott Kellogg
and Stacy Pettigrew. “Good environmental stewardship is rewarded by better health, wholesome food, and strong communities.” The Radix Center teaches practical skills that can be applied to create environmental and economic sustainability. Emphasis is placed on issues of food security, health, and the remediation of contaminated soils. The urban environmental educational center demonstrates environmental technologies and sustainable microindustries in today’s cities. Tour the center and its solar heated bioshelter greenhouse that contains an integrated food production system consisting of fish, plants, chickens, goats and more!

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