Event Details

Start: Friday, November 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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A Crew of Budding Saratoga Sensations Idles Up to Historic Characters,
With a Backdrop of American Flags, and Steeped In the Election

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — On Friday, November 4, 5-7:30pm, Arts Fest Fridays presents “Dear America: History Meets Hip-Hop at the Tang Museum,” an evening of eclectic historic- and election-themed entertainment including vintage campaign songs from musician/artist Brian Dewan, hip-hop poets and performers from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College, and historic reenactors from across the Capital Region. This free, family-friendly event takes place within the exhibit “A More Perfect Union,” which includes American flags collected in all 50 states by artist Mel Ziegler.

“The success of the Broadway musical Hamilton! is a great example of how genres and themes can be combined in new and exciting ways, and help us reconsider our view of history,” said Maureen Sager, Executive Producer of the event. “Our Arts Fest Friday events bring together audiences, performers and artists of all ages and backgrounds,” said Dee Sarno, Chair of the Saratoga Arts Fest Board, which presents the Arts Fest Friday events along with partner Spring Street Gallery. “If you’re a history buff or not, everyone will enjoy exploring history in a new and creative way, through the arts. It will be enlightening to participate at a very crucial time in our history.”

Featured performers at the “Dear America” event include:

  • Brian Dewan, a multi-media artist who produces music, audio-visual performances, filmstrips, and musical instruments, and has worked with everyone from rock band They Might Be Giants to performance artists Blue Man Group to Sesame Street.
  • Saratoga Springs High School students Synclaire Rowen, Nick Lahut, and Daniel Irizarry — known respectively by stage names Scrambled, Niko and Cryptic – will convey their thoughts about America in rap lyrics.
  • Historic reenactors, portraying a wide array of figures including Solomon Northup, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony and many more, will be mingling with the crowds.

Arts Fest Fridays are a series of multi-genre, multi-generational events that have different themes, producers and locations each time out. The “Dear America” event at the Tang Teaching Museum is produced by: Skidmore College Dean of Special Programs Paul Calhoun; Albany-based artist Samson Contompasis; Tang Museum Educator for College and Public Programs Megan Hyde; Yaddo Communications and Events Manager Tristan Kirvin; and Skidmore College professor Adam Tinkle.

Contact Maureen Sager, 518-587-6433,



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