From the Ground UP – Letter Writing Workshop

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From the Ground UP – Letter Writing Workshop

As part of From the Ground UP programming, join us Saturday, January 13 for Letters to the Ancestors letter-writing workshop from 12-4 pm in Ann Street Gallery.
Join Safe Harbors’ Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak for an opportunity to put pen to paper and craft messages to those buried in Newburgh’s “Colored” Cemetery.
This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
From the Ground UP asks: How should the dead, once desecrated, now be honored? How can the arts and spaces designed for the exhibition of art facilitate community conversation, healing, imagining, and creativity?
OPEN GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00-4:00pm
Superville Sovak and From the Ground UP are in residence at Safe Harbors’ Ann Street Gallery through February. Community gatherings, performances, and events will take place every Saturday afternoon through February 24.
To learn more about From the Ground UP, upcoming events, and how to participate, visit and follow @annstreetgallery and @FTGU2024 on Instagram.



Ann Street Gallery programming is made possible with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The M&T Charitable Foundation, and the Dominican Sisters of Hope Ministry Fund.



Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is a multidisciplinary artist and teaching professional whose work represents silent histories of multi-racial identities that make up the DNA of this country as well his own. His “a-Historical Landscapes” involve altering original 19th-century landscape engravings to include images from Anti-Slavery publications. His public artwork includes organizing a “Burial for White Supremacy”, retracing steps on the Underground Railroad at Hudson Valley historic sites, monuments to Afro-Dutch pioneers in Rockland County, and a memorial to the earliest Africans to arrive in Rhode Island. A graduate of Bard College (M.F.A. Film/Video), Jean-Marc is the 2023 recipient of Art Mid-Hudson’s Empowering Artist Award and an Individual Artist Commission. Jean-Marc’s art has been exhibited at RecessArt, Brooklyn, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Arts Westchester, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Katonah Museum of Art. Jean-Marc has been a guest curator at the Dorsky Museum and has been Visiting Artist at Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University and Vassar College.

To learn more about Jean-Marc Superville Sovak’s practice and research, visit and follow @supersovak and @FTGU2024.



Under the umbrella of Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Ann Street Gallery presents contemporary art through exhibitions and programming which create new opportunities for education and immersion in the arts in Newburgh. Ann Street Gallery’s exhibitions, events, and programs seek to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward thinking, socially and ecologically responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice. | @annstreetgallery

Hourly Schedule

New Day


Jan 13, 2024


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ann Street Gallery


Ann Street Gallery
104 Ann Street Newburgh, New York 12550


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