Messiah Lutheran and SafeHaven LGBTQ + to host festival for new center

The Messiah Lutheran Church and SafeHaven LGBTQ + Inc. will host a music festival at the newly established Trinity Community Center to raise funds and raise awareness of the facility.

The Trinity Community Center at 705 Curry Road was once the site of the Trinity Reformed Church, which voted last winter to unite with the Messiah Lutheran Church, according to a press release from the organization.

The Lutheran Church of the Messiah decided to keep the property and turn it into a community center that anyone, no matter what their faith, could use. He is now hosting a music festival Friday to raise funds for the center and SafeHaven LGBTQ + Inc., an organization formed by Legacy Casanõva, a black transgender LGBTQ activist. SafeHaven is also launching a media program in the community center, the statement said.

The program will allow young people in the community to produce music, short films, podcasts and other media articles.

During the festival, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, a variety of artists will perform on stage, including a rock band, church pianist, young guitarist and drag performers. Schenectady School District teacher Kristen Olochnowicz will headline and take the stage after her former student, Star Thacher’s performance.

Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. The event is free, but donations will be excluded and split between the community center and SafeHaven. The mask is compulsory for everyone present, regardless of their vaccination status.

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