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Winners of the 5th Annual Building Better Communities Youth Art Contest Announced

April 01, 2016

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

 

 

Press Release

April 1, 2016

 

 

Winners of the 5th Annual Building Better

 

Communities Youth Art Contest Announced


 

 

 

 

ALBANY, NY – The Office of the Albany County District Attorney and Albany Barn, Inc. are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Building Communities Youth Art Contest. All winners attend school in Albany County and created artwork that portrayed their vision of redefining and reimaging their community. The winners were selected by Albany County District Attorney David Soares; Amanda Kyle-Sprague, Director of the Albany County District Attorney’s Community Justice Outreach Center; Kristen Holler, Albany Barn Executive Director; Christian D'Alessandro, Albany County District Attorney Chief Investigator; as well as other support staff from both the Albany Barn and District Attorney’s Office.  
                                
The contest was a joint effort of the District Attorney’s Office and Albany Barn.  The Albany Barn is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a permanent, sustainable 21st century creative arts incubator and community art center in the former St. Joseph's Academy - a place for artists, neighborhood residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services. www.albanybarn.org. This year the Office of the Albany County District Attorney would like to extend a special thanks to the many generous Capital Region businesses that donated prizes for the winning artists. The sponsors include Ninety Nine Restaurants, Stewarts Shops, Coca Cola, Walmart, Target, Honest Weight Food Co-op, Super Cuts, Emack & Bolio’s, The Tri-City Valley Cats, and Arlenes Artist Materials.
    
Winning artwork is on display at the Office of the Albany County District Attorney’s Community Justice Outreach Center, a community space located at 155 Clinton Ave, Albany and open to the public Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. The Community Justice Outreach Center links the Albany County community with the Office of the Albany County District Attorney, by providing community based alternative to incarceration initiatives, and community outreach and crime prevention/reduction programming. The Community Justice Outreach Center also provides the public with the space and resources for employment, educational, and community oriented needs.   

“The young adults that participated in this Art Contest each demonstrated their vision of a safe and strong community.  It is imperative that as adults we have the obligation to ensure that we foster the vision of a healthy and peaceful community.  We need to continue to support the arts and crime prevention for the youth in our communities.  I thank all of the participants in this contest and sincerely congratulate the winners,” said DA Soares. “We look forward to showing off these winning pieces at the Outreach Center.”  

About the Middle School Winners:
Sabaa Logman, Sand Creek Middle School, Grade 8
Mercedes Estes, Sand Creek Middle School, Grade 8    
Kaylinda Darden, West Hill Middle School, Grade 8

About the High School winners:
Brayanna Williams, Albany High School, Grade 12
Gracie Benoit, Albany High School, Grade 12
Justyn T. Werts, Albany High School, Grade 12

 

For more information please contact the Community Justice Outreach Center (518) 275-4735.

 

Winning Artwork:

Middle School Winners


 

 Kaylinda Darden, West Hill Middle School, Grade 8

 

 Sabaa Logman, Sand Creek Middle School, Grade 8

 

 Mercedes Estes, Sand Creek Middle School, Grade 8

 

High School Winners

 

Brayanna Williams, Albany High School, Grade 12

 

Gracie Benoit, Albany High School, Grade 12

 

 Justyn T. Werts, Albany High School, Grade 12

 

 

 

 

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