Justice, Arts, and Music Festival

Live music, food, films, arts, kid activities

Central New York Citizen Action will hold its inaugural JAM (Justice, Arts, Music) Fest on Saturday, October 14 in Utica. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DeSales Center (309 Genesee St.), Utica Public Library (303 Genesee St.) and Kopernik Park (corner of Genesee and Eagle Streets). Admission is free and open to the public.

A nonpartisan event featuring live music; crafts; art and film exhibits; food trucks (such as the Polish Road House); free giveaways; speakers; children’s activities; face painting; nonprofit, job, and health information; and community discussions, the JAM Fest aims to bring people together to showcase local art and music as well as create a common public space for a dialogue on how we can bring about positive and progressive community change. Local nonprofit agencies and businesses will also have exhibits showcasing products and services. The Central New York Labor Council, a co-sponsor of the event, will hold its United Way Labor kickoff at the Fest.

You, your organization, or your business can get involved as a performer, artist, volunteer, vendor, or sponsor. Contact cnyjamfest@gmail.com. 

Central New York Citizen Action (Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.), is the local chapter of Citizen Action of New York. Established twenty years ago, it is a social justice advocacy organization which promotes progressive values of democracy, freedom, shared prosperity, tolerance and inclusion, justice, and equity.

Download Inaugural Jam Fest Press Release


JAM Fest 2017 will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DeSales Center (309 Genesee St.), Utica Public Library (303 Genesee St.) and Kopernik Park (corner of Genesee and Eagle Streets)

Performance Schedule (DeSales Center)Film Viewing (Utica Public Library)Activities & Vendors


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DeSales Center Performance Schedule

  • 11:00
    • Welcome
    • Steve Zacaroli
    • Taryn Jessen Band
    • Ashley “Jacerase” Engram
    • Labor Council/1199 SEIU Kevin Lockhart
  • 12:00
    • Irish Dancers
    • Cassandra Harris-Lockwood
    • Toxic
  • 1:00
    • Edelweiss Schuhplattlers
    • New Age Static
  • 2:00
    • Jenni’s Little Secret
    • Megan Faulkner
    • J. Schnitt
  • 3:00
    • Easy
    • Bob & Betsy
    • Kevin Keating
  • 4:00
    • Adi Shakti World Fusion Bellydance
    • Trizzy Beats
    • Mark Kehl
  • 5:00
    • JAM Session

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Utica Public Library – Movie Schedule

Short films dealing with economic justice, racial and gender inequality, immigration, and other current issues will be shown at the Utica Public Library. Each session will run for 45-50 minutes and include three to five short films. View the list of films >>

11:00 Prison & Justice, Set 1
12:00 Islam & Islamophobia
1:00 Black Lives Matter
2:00 Autism
3:00 Prison & Justice, Set 2
4:00 LGBTQ

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Activities & Vendors

Local artists including Teresa Van Etten and Tracy Besancon will showcase their work.

BB Designs will provide a craft activities for kids.

There will be a free giveaway of Chobani yogurt.  The Polish Road House food truck will be located on Eagle Street.

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The JAM Fest organizers welcome event sponsors, donations, and volunteers to help with the event as well as volunteer musicians of all genres to perform, visual artists to display and create work, craft vendors, street theatre performers, food trucks, sign makers, film makers, face painters, speakers and workshop presenters, sidewalk artists, poets, magicians, performance artists, sound/stage equipment, and local agencies to distribute information about services. There will be a small vendor fee.