ArtsFestFridays’ “Dear America: History Meets Hip-Hop at the Tang Teaching Museum” on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.
Fall means many things in Saratoga; hot apple cider from Uncommon Grounds, Maple donuts from Stewart’s, upstate foliage and, of course, ArtsFest Fridays. Free and always accompanied with entertainment and food, the weekly events are a seasonly tradition. This Friday, November 4th, Skidmore’s Tang teaching museum will be hosting “Dear America: History Meets Hip-Hop.” Well-timed with the approaching election, the event is in conjunction with the Museum’s “A More Perfect Union” exhibit, which has included a “Teaching Trump” seminar and various debate viewing parties
“Dear America” will feature Brian Dewan, a multi-media producer who works with music, audio-visuals, filmstrips, and musical instruments. Dewan has worked with bands such as They Might Be Giants and Blue Man Group. Plenty of local talent will be showcased as well, including Saratoga Springs High School students and rappers Synclaire Rowen, Nick Lahut, and Daniel Irizarry (you may know them by their stage names, Scrambled, Niko and Crpytic, respectively) and historical reenactors portraying Solomon Northup, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, and more.
“The success of the Broadway musical Hamilton! is a great example of how genres and themes can be combined in new and exciting ways, and help us reconsider our view of history,” said Maureen Sager, Executive Producer of the event. Dee Sarno, Chair of the Saratoga Arts Fest Board, is also confident that it will be a success, “Our Arts Fest Friday events bring together audiences, performers and artists of all ages and backgrounds. If you’re a history buff or not, everyone will enjoy exploring history in a new and creative way, through the arts. It will be enlightening to participate at a very crucial time in our history.”
“Dear America” is sponsored by Home Made Theatre, Saratoga Springs City Schools, Spring Street Gallery, and the Tang Teaching Museum. It is on Friday, November 4, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. All ArtsFest Fridays are free and open to the public.