Schenectady Kid's Art Fest
AgesAll Ages Adults & kids together
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.
June 2, Noon to 4 p.m.
Fans flock to each The Puppet People’s three shows at our festivals. This touring company hand crafts all the puppets, scenery and scripts. “Will the Puppet People be back?” is a common question we hear. The answer is always? Yes, of course! MVP Health Care is the performance sponsor for all three shows.
Back by popular demand is the Dance Me studio’s Elite Team of dancers. Learn the difference between an arabesque and a soubresaut and all the positions in between. Dancing is perhaps the most heART healthy activity we can do. Don’t miss their 2 p.m. show.
From Broadway to ballet, get a glimpse into the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors. This one hour show will give you an idea of the world-class dance, theatre, music and film experiences enjoyed by students at SOPA.
Mike Purcell is a mainstay at our festival. Shown at left he gets the Jay Street joint jumpin’ every year with tunes and dancing. Numerous academic studies support the positive effect of music in schools. We know Mike makes everything more fun! Joan Gould, one of the founding members of this festival, is the performance sponsor for all of Mike’s activities.
Fantastic student musicians will truly hit a high note this year! Starting at noon the Oneida Middle School Jazz group, under the direction of Rob Aronstein, leads a parade along Jay Street. The student musicians will then entertain the crowd with a recital that showcases their hard work and the lessons they’ve learned all school year. This performance is sponsored by the new Courtyard Marriott.
Mr. Twisty! Chad Curren gets down to kid level with youngsters during a show he put on at last year’s Kids’ Arts Festival. We are fortunate he’s on our calendar again.
Geek Musica! If you’ve ever thought the music in a video game sounded familiar it’s most likely because you’d heard it as classical music. Geek Musica just might change the way you think about symphonies!
Our balloon artists sure have a lot of hot air! In the beginning, you’re never sure whether you might end up with a balloon hat, balloon flower or a balloon animal, but you are guaranteed to also get a smile. Rain or shine, this festival goes on! Rain location is inside Proctors! If we need to go inside, we will take up the the GE Theatre, Robb Alley and more.
Mopco Improv Theatre brings its all ages comedy show for kids, teens and adults to our Festival. Also look for the Electric City Puppets on the street.
Ramblin Jug Stompers will perform at the State Street Stage at 3 p.m. specifically about the power of words in lyrics. The group may adapt poetry written at our festival to music on stage. This performance is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
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.