Trinacria Photography One of eight choreographed pieces by 25 dancers from the Dance Me studio delighted crowds at the 2017 festival

Trinacria Photography One of eight choreographed pieces by 25 dancers from the Dance Me studio delighted crowds at the 2017 festival

Planning is underway for Build A Dream, the theme of our  2018 festival, a wonderful day full of arts, performances, music, dance, sculpture, poetry and more, all based in arts education principles. Here’s news that has us soaring as high as the Dance Me elite performers from last year’s festival.

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  • The New York State Arts Council has given its stamp of approval on KAF, fully funding our 2018 grant application to bring a professional poet to work with students on the power of words June 2.
  • In addition to our one-day signature festival on Jay and Franklin streets, like a traveling theater troupe, we’re bringing arts for kids to a minimum of six of Schenectady county’s special events.
  • A record 54 groups in 2017 means we have outgrown City Hall. We are proud that Proctors Robb Alley, GE Theatre and more is our rain location for the June 2 event.

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 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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