Arts at the Palace is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 Action Grant from Humanities New York. These funds will support the project Street by Street: A Village as Remembered by Storytellers.

Street by Street seeks to explore and document the genius loci (spirit of the place) of the Village of Hamilton, NY. With a rich memory of a rerouted canal, stagecoaches, railway lines, and a great fire, Hamiltonians have stories to tell about the people, buildings, and events that have made a community.

The current pandemic has brought many stories about the past and present to light in online conversations and socially-distant encounters outdoors on the streets, where folks have been spending more time than ever. Capturing this information in the form of spoken word digital podcasts will be a way to preserve a village’s history at a time of challenge and change.

Street by Street is a partnership between Arts at the Palace, a non-profit community arts organization based at the Palace Theater, and the Village of Hamilton Historical Commission. The podcast recordings will be broadcast on the Arts at the Palace website and will later be preserved in the Village of Hamilton historical archives.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Village Historical Commission on this important and creative work of recording individual stories accompanied by local musicians,” said Elizabeth Douglas, Executive Director of Arts at the Palace.

Joan Prindle, chairperson of Hamilton Historical Commission, is charged with preserving the history of the village. Prindle is also one of the partners of Rose & Thorn Storytellers, experienced performers. Rose & Thorn’s other partner, Jeanne Rose, will be contributing her expertise to the Street by Street project as a volunteer.

“This grant will enable us to preserve our history. Stories of the past and present so quickly disappear. I am delighted to be able to add this information into our archives,” said Prindle.

Humanities New York’s grant opportunities ensure that New Yorkers have access to cultural programming that promotes important and timely conversations. Street by Street will be funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Arts at the Palace
Arts at the Palace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region. For more information, visit artsaatthepalace.org.

About Humanities New York 
The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. For more information, visit humanitiesny.org.