24th Annual Kids Arts Festival in Downtown Schenectady

More than 50 groups will help kids “Build a Dream”

Saturday, June 2 from, 12-4 p.m. along Jay Street and around City Hall

(Schenectady, NY, May 22, 2018) – More than 50 groups will help kids “Build a Dream” from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, along Jay Street and in the area around City Hall in Downtown Schenectady.

“We’ve got a great mix of golden-oldie favorite art activities and others that are so new they sparkle like silver,” said Betsy Sandberg, chair of Kids’ Arts Festival, which this year celebrates its 24thanniversary.

Imaginative performers and student groups are booked to entertain the crowds, including The Puppet People, the School of Performing Arts at Proctors, the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band, Mopco Improv Theater, Dance Me Elite Performers and more.

“Two stages mean twice the entertainment and even an opportunity for kids to show off their own talents during a one-hour talent show,” said Colleen Merays, Assistant Director for the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. DSIC is one of the many sponsors of the festival, which brings free hands-on arts performances, with lots of learning thrown in, to children across the Capital Region.

The rain location is inside the Proctors complex at 432 State Street.

Kids will get to help determine the future of the festival, and learn about the importance of making choices, by voting at a booth sponsored by the League of Women Voters. “We’ve got seven candidates vying for two spots as the favorite activity and a guaranteed spot in next year’s festival,” said Kay Ackerman of LWV. And just like in a real election, kids will also get the chance to write in their own candidate. Last year’s winning activities were “working with clay” and “painting/drawing.”

Adults are being asked to fill out a survey to be entered to win a free two-sided skirt donated from Darn Good Yarn. The effort is being dubbed “Whose Sari Now.”

Complete activities, entertainment and sponsors are on the festival website at www.kidsartsfestivalschenectady.com. Franklin and Jay streets around Schenectady City Hall will be closed to traffic and parking during the festival.

Complimentary parking is available along nearby streets, in public lots and at the Broadway garage. For parking locations and information, visit www.parkschenectady.com.

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