Albany Barn & Sons of Arbor Hill Block Party Celebration

Thursday, August 27, 2015, By: Tiziana Collins

Sons of Arbor Hill, NAACP, TruHeart and Albany Barn for Summer Festival on The Hill- a celebrated the history of the Arbor Hill community’s businesses, athletes, and civic leaders in the newly renovated N. Swan Street Park August 22, 2015.  Children were able to participate in the winnings of door prizes that ranged from head phones, and book bags in preparation for heading back to school. Neighborhood families were able to enjoy :African Dance class for kids, Basketball skill drills, and Arts & Crafts. Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke on the importance of raising and building the community. Young men were able receive free haircuts while listening to speakers who shaped and molded the Arbor Hill community. Oral history video screening of Arbor Hill’s athletes and business owners & unveiling of ” Sign of Recognition” in N. Swan Street Park. Quick Recap:


Albany Barn teams up with veteran designer to offer beginners’ sewing class

Friday, August 14, 2015, By: kristen
Beginner's Sewing Class

Do you want to learn to sew, but just aren’t sure how to start?

Learn the basics of sewing while making and completing a lined tote bag.

In this fun class you will learn sewing basics as well as how to read a pattern and choose the right fabric and notions.  Design, cut, and sew a useable, stylish tote bag that you can also decorate with your favorite found objects or materials.  This project will also teach you basic sewing techniques that you can use in all of your future sewing projects.

This class will be held on Tuesday, September 15th from 6-9pm at The Barn.  The cost is $50 with materials included (you must bring your own sewing machine and scissors).

About the Instructor:
Peggy Gray has been sewing for the past 40+ years, both in the garment industry and designing her own line of clothing.  She has worked for one o the areas top clothing designers and manufacturers before starting her own company 25 years ago.  Peggy has studied with some of the best pattern makers and sewing teachers in the country for many years to learn to make the beautiful clothing designs that she creates and sells today.

Summer Festival on the Hill Block Party

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, By: Tiziana Collins
Summer Festival  on the HillBlock Party(2)

The Sons of Arbor Hill, NAACP, and The Barn wish to announce the Summer Festival on the Hill Block Party: a day to reflect on the history of the once thriving community of families who made the Arbor Hill neighborhood and Swan Street a great place to reside.

As a Part of the Celebration there will be a block party in North Swan Park, where a ceremony will be held to install a “Wall of Fame”, to honor the businesses and the individuals who played sports on Swan street.

We will be hosting a community cookout at the block party, so make sure you bring the kids and don’t miss out on the fun! There will also be opportunities to win lots of great prizes at the many giveaways, like bikes, head phone sets, and book bags.

North Swan Park is located off of the corner of North Swan and Second street directly across the street from Albany Barn.

Drinks & DIY-Coming to The Barn September 12th!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, By: kristen
Drinks & DIY

Looking for a low-key night out with your girlfriends?  Come to The Barn on Saturday September 12th for Drinks & DIY!  We’ll have cocktails, snacks, and crafts, all inspired by your favorite pins on Pinterest.  Best of all-it’s a free event, so mark your calendar and get your glue gun ready!

Drinks & DIY

No African Dance tomorrow 8/8/15

Friday, August 7, 2015, By: Casey Polomaine
Hudson Black arts

Please be advised that there will be no African Dance class tomorrow, 8/8/15 as our instructors Lisa and Atito area heading down to Hudson for the Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival and Parade.

Pigfood Records Release Party

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, By: Tiziana Collins

Pig Food Records is proud to celebrate Elsphinx’s new album, Brain Cave Deluxe, with a record release party on August 8th at The Albany Barn.  Along with Elsphinx & DJ White Lotus, there will be performances by Mic Lanny, and D Beat Monster.
The Albany Barn is located at 56 Second Street. The show is all ages and doors are at 8 pm.
Contact Dez at for $10 advance tickets. 
Tickets will be available at the door, but why a take chance that might lead to a missed opportunity and a ruined weekend? Brain Cave Deluxe is a real thinker.
A cursory listen may leave some heads raw from scratching, but those focused on the art and the craft will stumble into the accelerated cosmos of Elsphinx’s savage journey. Watch it come to life on August 8th at The Albany Barn.
Contact or email for more info on this event, Pig Food artists, and all releases.

L.O.W. Down @ The Barn Harlem Nights Tournament of Champions postponed

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, By: kristen
LOW Down @ The Barn: Harlem Nights

We’re sorry to announce The LOW Down @ The Barn: Harlem Nights Tournament of Champions has been postponed due to an unforeseen building issue. L.O.W. Foundation & Albany Barn wish to apologize for any inconvenience and will provide an update when possible. Anyone who has purchased advanced sale tickets will be contacted to make appropriate arrangements.

July L.O.W. Down @ The Barn brings “Harlem Nights” vibe to the table

Thursday, July 16, 2015, By: Tiziana Collins
LOW Down @ The Barn: Harlem Nights

In it’s second iteration, The L.O.W. Down at The Barn, a partnership of Albany Barn and The L.O.W. Foundation, offers a 1920’s themed adults-only night out featuring live music and game tournaments including Checkers, Dominoes, Chess, Spades, and Uno.

Guests may come as a spectators, or get in on the action for the full “Harlem Nights” experience! (more…)

Free Kid’s Art Class

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, By: Casey Polomaine
Kid's Art Class

Looking for something fun (and free!) for the kids to do this summer?  Come on down to Stage 1 on Monday nights for our free art class for kids!

The class, taught by the residents of The Academy Lofts @ The Barn, will help children learn new skills in various forms of art.  They will also get to create a new, original piece of work to take home.

Starting Monday July 20th, classes run every Monday evening from 6:30-7:30pm at our Stage 1 Gallery @ 46-48 North Swan Street in Albany.

Email for more details!

(Note: There will be no class on Monday July 27th.  Class will resume Monday August 3rd)

The Rejection Project (518) Premieres at The Barn July 9-11

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, By: Tiziana Collins
Rejection Project

The Barn welcomes the Rejection Project , a new multi-media play made from hundreds of Albany community stories and voices, performed by friends and neighbors in the 518 area. They were asked  to share their stories, experiences, thoughts, and opinions on how rejection influenced their lives. ‘How they have  been rejected (by people, communities, society)?’ They responded with stories about racism, sexism, protest, heartbreak, love, self-empowerment, discrimination of disabilities, friendship, family, transphobia, homophobia, and claiming your identities.

Join us for the premier of this original multimedia theatre production!

When: Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 11. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8

Tickets: $8 in advance  or at the door (cash only).

Where: The Barn 56 2nd Street, Albany



Scripted & Directed by Allison Lerman-Gluck & Alex Hovet, with video design by Alex Hovet.

Sami Ahmad
Sean Baldwin
Chante Coppedge
Samantha Cramer
Kym Dorsey
Simone Lavine
Katherine Russak
Maghen Ryan
Sam Wickstrom

Major Underwriters

The Bender Family Foundation

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