Art in the Public EyeThe Hyde, APE seek young storytellers for Black Fly event


Glens Falls, N.Y. – The Hyde Collection and Art in the Public Eye (APE) are offering their popular Black Fly storytelling event — with a youthful twist. Students in grades 6 and higher are invited to participate in Black Fly: KidsTales on April 19.

The Black Fly series give members of the community opportunities to share their stories at The Hyde Collection. Past sessions have included such prominent figures as Cathy Dede, managing editor of The Chronicle; Pam Fisher, director of employer relations at Skidmore College; Johannah Spero, author; Doug Gruse, director of marketing at SUNY Adirondack; Andrew Meader, founder of 8 Eight Strategies; and Chad Rabinovitz, producing artistic director of Adirondack Theatre Festival.

Stories were about a fictitious business; a language barrier leading to a big misunderstanding; overcoming hearing loss; being a stepparent; and a stint as a farmer.

"Everyone has a story to share," said Erin Coon, artistic director of APE, "and that most certainly includes tweens and teens. We can't wait to see the passion and creativity they will put into their submissions."

Participating students are expected to tell a true story from their lives in ten minutes or less, from memory without notes. Representatives from The Hyde Collection and APE will help selected students prepare their stories for public presentation.

Interested students should submit a summary of their stories to by 5 pm Friday, February 28. Students will be contacted within a week with feedback on their stories and to schedule a rehearsal time at The Hyde Collection. 


Teachers, parents, and students who would like more information can contact Coon at with questions.


What is Art in the Public Eye?

Art in the Public Eye is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the intersection of arts and entertainment and educational pillars in the community. APE strives to encourage growth through free or affordably priced arts and educational programs; developing artistic and educational programs; providing support for individuals and small groups looking to advance ideas; and collaborating with other organizations to create an attractive place to live, play, and work. Learn more at

What is The Hyde?

The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European, American, Modern, and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection of more than 5,000 works spans centuries and consists of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. The core collection, amassed by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such European masters as Sandro Botticelli, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Americans Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its five galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.



For More Information:    

Rhonda Triller
Director of Communications 
The Hyde Collection
518-792-1761, ext. 320