From the Ground UP – Songs for the Ancestors

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From the Ground UP – Songs for the Ancestors

We are thrilled to invite the public to a free ensemble performance in the Gallery on Saturday, January 27th at 2pm to Honor the Ancestors. Led by award-winning violinist, Gwen Laster, this ensemble includes bassist Damon Banks, guitarist/vocalist Patrick Jones, & percussionist Todd Isler. The ensemble will perform music from the Black American Diaspora, including folkloric music, African ceremonial music, Blues, and Jazz to honor those laid to rest in Newburgh’s “Colored” burial ground. 

Please join us on Saturday for this unique performance amidst the evolving Gallery installation for the project From the Ground UP. @ftgu2024 is a convergence of local community stakeholders and artists led by Ann Street Gallery Artist Researcher in Residence, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak @supersovak. The project brings Superville Sovak’s creative research and practice together with community members dedicated to imagining, rendering, and presenting collaboratively-designed visions for remembering and honoring African- Americans buried in, and disinterred from, Newburgh’s “Colored Burial Ground” through conversation and the arts. 

Please visit our website to learn more about the project.  Visit to read about our Open Calls for participation in the project. You can bring your offerings, letters, sketches, ideas, and questions on Saturdays & Sundays 12-4. We will continue to host events every Saturday through February. 

No reservation needed. All are welcome! Free and open to the public. 

ASG is a program of @safeharborsofthehudson 



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 27, 2024


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ann Street Gallery


Ann Street Gallery
104 Ann Street Newburgh, New York 12550


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