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News Release 8/12

Inaugural JAM Fest this Saturday in Utica

Utica, New York:  The inaugural JAM (Justice, Arts, Music) Fest take place on Saturday, October 14 in Utica. It will be held at three adjacent venues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: DeSales Center (309 Genesee St.), Utica Public Library (303 Genesee St., second floor – Gallery), and Kopernik Park (corner of Genesee and Eagle Streets). 

This free event features many musical, dance, and spoken word acts including  Steve Zacaroli, Taryn Jessen Band, Ashley “Jacerase” Engram, Gracie & Karl’s Celtic Show, Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, Toxik, Edelweiss Schuhplattlers,  Jenni’s Little Secret, Megan Faulkner, Yeritssa Padilla, J. Schnitt, J Easy, Bob & Betsy, Kevin Keating, Adi Shakti World Fusion Bellydance, Trizzy Beats, and Mark Kehl.

“Celebrating Progressive Values through Music, Arts, and Family Fun” is the theme of the Fest. The JAM Fest will lift up a positive message of inclusivity, diversity, peace, social justice, unity, kindness, and working together to solve common problems.

Children’s activities will be set up throughout the festival. It will include face painting, puppet shows, and art activities. BB Designs will provide a *hand + paint involved craft activities for kids.

Sponsored by the Central New York Citizen Action and Citizen Action of New York, the JAM Fest will also feature  crafts, art and film exhibits, children activities, nonprofit, and health information, and community discussions. It 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.   This is a nonpartisan event.

Co-sponsors include: Central New York Labor Council,  1199SEIU, YWCA Mohawk Valley, Thea Bowman House, and the DeSales Center. 

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

Short films dealing with economic justice, racial and gender inequality, immigration, and other current issues will be shown at the Utica Public Library. Local nonprofit agencies and businesses such as OnPoint for College and United Health Care will also have exhibits showcasing products and services.

The Central New York Labor Council will hold its 2017 Organized Labor Charitable Giving Campaign for United Way and SEFA at the Fest.

A complete schedule is available at: jam.cnycia.org  The Facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1364661433631919/.  

For more information: cnyjamfest@gmail.com,  315-725-0974.  The performance director for the event is Tasha Cooper who can be reached at tcooper@gmail.com or315-542-0817.

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.  Find us on FB—Central New York Citizens in Action/Central New York Progressive, @CNYACT, Follow us on Instagram: @cny_citizensinaction.

Earlier releases:

INAUGURAL JAM FEST SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 IN UTICA

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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 complete schedule is available at: jam.cnycia.org  The Facebook event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1364661433631919/.

The JAM Fest is sponsored by the Central New York Citizen Action (the Central New York regional chapter of Citizen Action of New York), Central New York Labor Council, and other organizations.  Featuring live music, crafts, art and film exhibits, speakers, children 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. Short films dealing with economic justice, racial and gender inequality, immigration, and other current issues will be shown at the Utica Public Library.  Local nonprofit agencies and businesses will also have exhibits showcasing products and services.  There will be free giveaways.  Food trucks such as the Polish Road House will be at the event.  The Central New York Labor Council will hold its United Way Labor kickoff event at the Fest.  This is a nonpartisan event.

The following performers reflecting a diverse range of musical genres (rock, folk, blues, rap, hip hop, alternative country) have been scheduled:  Jenni’s Little Peach, Mark Khel, TOXIC,

Tizzy Beats, The Taryn Jessen Band, Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, JEasy, Lyfe, Dahmoe, Irish Dancers, Steven Zacaroli, J. Schnitt, and Megg Faulkner.  Additional acts will be announced soon.

For more information: cnyjamfest@gmail.com,  315-725-0974.  The performance director for the event is Tasha Cooper who can be reached at tcooper@gmail.com or 315-542-0817.

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.

John Furman, President of the Central New York Citizen Action said: “The JAM Fest will be a combination of entertainment, education, and family fun to celebrate diversity and promote community-wide unity, peace, and social justice.  Through music, visual arts, crafts and local foods, and hands-on activities, we will bring together Central New York’s many kinds of people and work on building a strong, inclusive community.  We are also hoping to raise awareness of residents on what they can do through practical ways to make our community a better place to live.  We see this festival as building upon the success of the One World Flower Fest and Levitt AMP Utica Music Series and intend to make it an annual tradition.”