Please check out our Recap of the 2017 festival, a wonderful day full of learning, based on arts education principles.

The Kids’ Arts Festival started in 1994 to provide an outdoor arts festival in downtown Schenectady for pre-school and school-age children. Thousands of children of all incomes and backgrounds participate in hands-on arts activities that are both fun and promote sound visual education principles. Located around Schenectady City Hall on Jay and Franklin Streets, the festival also features live musical performances by professionals and students.

This event is brought to you by the ElectriCity Arts District  project and in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program as well as many individual and corporate donors. Thanks to their generosity, all of the festival activities are free to the public. A volunteer planning committee spends months getting all the details worked out and most importantly, knits the many groups together for the day. We are especially grateful for volunteers from the Schenectady Rotary Club, the Kenney Center at Union College and a dedicated group of folks we’ll call festival friends.


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