COVID-19 Tribute Mural
Still Life, With Gratitude by Rachel Baxter
The one-year anniversary of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to reflect on the devastation and loss our communities have faced, to honor loved ones lost, those who have recovered, and our frontline workers who have kept our communities safe and strong.
United Way of the Greater Capital Region has partnered with the Albany Center Gallery, and local artist Rachel Baxter to create an original work of art in the form of a moveable mural to serve as a visual tribute and travel across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties.
This mural will travel across the Capital Region from March 23 - April 3. We hope you will join us in remembering, reflecting on the past year, and coming together to rebuild as a stronger and more resilient community.
The tribute is not complete without incorporating our community.
Visitors are invited to write remembrances to loved ones lost, tributes to our everyday heroes on the frontlines, or words of encouragement in navigating the days ahead.
The mural will be placed outside each location when possible and will be moved inside as needed dependent upon the weather. Masks and social distancing are required when visiting the mural.
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Virtual Vigil Ceremony
Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
A virtual vigil ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. on the one-year anniversary of the passing of Walter Robb, longtime GE executive and local philanthropist, and the first Capital Region resident lost to COVID-19.
D. Colin, Troy-based artist and poet, will recite an original poem entitled What we have now about remembering, healing and moving forward.
At the end of the vigil, we will be joined by the Robb family and will invite you to light a candle with us in remembrance of Mr. Robb and the over 1,000 Capital Region lives lost to COVID-19.
Watch the Virtual Vigil at home on UWGCR's Facebook Page.
D. Colin will be reciting What we have now live on Thursday, April 1 at 3 p.m. and Friday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at the mural site, Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany.
Special thanks to our partner sites hosting the mural, the NYS Writers Institute, Albany Center Gallery, North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund, Maureen Sager, Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), and the Robb Family.
Available for viewing
1 - 6 p.m. daily
Tues., March 23 – Wed., March 24
Congregation Gates of Heaven
852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady
Thurs., March 25 – Fri., March 26
The Arts Center for the Capital Region
265 River St., Troy
Sat., March 27 – Sun., March 28
Corina Contemporary Jewelry
10 Washington St., Ballston Spa
Mon., March 29
CREATE Council on the Arts
398 Main St., Catskill
Tues., March 30
327 Warren St., Hudson
Wed., March 31
Kelley Farm & Garden
259 West Main St., Cobleskill
Thurs., April 1 – Fri., April 2
Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave., Albany
Sat., April 3
The Crossings of Colonie
580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville