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SPAC is now accepting submissions in the forms of visual art, literary art, and the performing arts for the 2022 Festival of Young Artists.


METAMORPHOSIS /ˌmɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs / noun :

a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

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2021 Outstanding Artist Award // Visual Art

Change: Hope

Alyssa Gangaram
Schenectady High School

My inspiration behind this piece was a culmination of both mine and my loved one’s feelings during the pandemic. This work was created in a great time of chaos, where our future as a community of young people was unclear. After months of being isolated, I had observed that many of my peers, like myself, were feeling “trapped” within our homes, subjected to a monotonous day-by-day routine that had us growing weary of our situation.

Change:Hope was an outlet to depict those emotions while also serving as a reminder that although the world’s situation is bleak, there are always good people in the world doing great things.Change: Hope, overall, was an emotionally driven piece that showed that light always exists in darkness, but one must change where they look in order to find it.

2021 Outstanding Artist Award // Literary Art


Pallavi Datta
Niskayuna High School

"If we sifted through the faded dust of our ancient past

in the long-lost fact and fiction blurred into folklore,

we might see how we built castles made of sand,

waiting to be washed away by the sea of time,

daring to defy our destiny, choosing to overlook our fate of oblivion

relentless, resilient, resolute"

"Home" from the Wiz

Jayda Chance
Schenectady High School

2021 Outstanding Artist Award // Performing Arts


Explore the Galleries



Get inspired by these stunning and thought-provoking works of art from young photographers, painters, illustrators, and sculptors.

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Read and listen to the captivating poems, essays, and short stories written and recited by the young writers of FOYA.

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Enjoy these virtual performances of songs, dances, scenes, and music compositions from local youth ensembles and young artists.

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