1624 Keepsake Challenge

1624 Keepsake Challenge


Over the next month and a half, 1,624 trading cards will be hand-painted by Albany residents and visitors at events and locations throughout Albany. The initiative, 1624 Keepsake Challenge, is a collaboration between the Albany Center Gallery, City of Albany, and Albany County Conventions & Visitors Bureau to promote Albany's history and culture while also empowering those who participate.

Pieces will be displayed at Albany City Hall in April, as a prelude to the Annual Tulip Festival. Then, the cards will be used to create a work of art to be presented to Nijmegen, Albany’s Sister City in the Netherlands. This gift is a symbol of the revitalization of the Sister City relationship and Albany’s commitment to establishing an ongoing cultural exchange.

View examples of completed cards here.

Want to take part? Cards are currently available at the Albany Center Gallery (488 Broadway), Albany Visitors Center (25 Quackenbush Square), Albany City Hall (24 Eagle Street), and Stacks Espresso Bar (488 Broadway). More locations may be added; check here for a full list. Cards must be completed by April 28.

Going social with your design? Use #1624Keepsake to join the conversation!