Common Unity Banners
Windows to the Future
Nine Community organizations have come together to implement the first phase of the Craig-Main Connection. Inspired by input from community members, this project will change the bridge from a place of isolation to a place of inspiration!
MEET THE ORGANIZATIONS
MEET THE ARTISTS
Meet the amazing local artists who are working with young people in our community to shape this exciting project.
Oscar Alberto Bográn was born in Honduras, Central America and raised in NYC. With a Masters in Fine Arts From Tufts University and The School Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mr. Bogran is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on the social: the state of contemporary religion, American capitalism and the disparity of communities of color. A public artist and arts educator, Mr. Bogran has his roots in Hip Hop Culture, Rap Music and Graffiti Art. He has developed a form of arts activism, that includes iconography, installations and performance as well as traditional fine arts. A master sculptor and arts historian, Mr. Bográn has discovered the powerful influence art has had in the civil rights movement and activists throughout history. His goal and purpose is to harness the influence of change through the arts and help redevelop impoverished communities throughout the world and empower people of color by allowing a platform to express the needs for social change.
Artist Teacher MC Mr.O!
Art is the most underrated therapy.
Artist,Designer, Community Artivist, Coach, Fashion extremist, Muralist, Clothing Tattoo Artist
This past year has made me realize that the community I live in needs to actively support both the children and adults with easy access to the arts. With the Common Unity Banners project I am able to fulfill this intention.
Kristi Isabella was born and raised in Schenectady. She has lived there for a majority of her life and has a strong sense of pride and admiration for the community.
Kristi has been an artist for most of her life. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a BFA in Fine Arts and a concentration in ceramics, she went on to become a mother. This life path led her to work with children and to eventually become an art teacher for both neuro-typical and special needs children aged pre-school through kindergarten.
Currently she has been creating porcelain abstract ceramics pieces at home and instructing regular clay classes at CREATE Community Studio in Schenectady.
Dha'Sean SKILLZ Serrano
Dha’Sean “Skillz” Serrano was born in Bronx ,NY and raised in Schenectady. He was one of the original members of The Hamilton Hill Steel Drum Band which were well known for performing at The Apollo Theatre at the young age of 16. After graduating from the John Sayles School of Fine Arts he went on to attend The Institute of Audio Research in NYC where he graduated with high honors in audio engineering and audio production. Skillz is a freelance artist, dancer / choreographer, musician, music producer and audio engineer. His dance and art background includes 20+ years of study in a wide array of styles which mainly emphasize acrobatics, B-boying, street art and tap dancing. In 2015 “SKILLZ” expanded into “Skillz Entertainment” enabling Dha’Sean to focus on his freelance career, networking and providing suitable entertainment for any age and occasion, whether it is a nationally/internationally known act or a local act for a large college or a small birthday party. Since 2017 expanding his art work from a small canvas to custom wear and murals has led Dha'Sean to create personal pieces for so many and to branch out out his business to Touch of New York ( T.O.N.Y), collaborating with artists one piece at a time.