On Friday, August 20, Seattle Parks and Recreation will host the Summer Art in the Park Celebration at Edwin T. Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St., from 5 – 8 p.m.
This free family celebration will include food, barbeque, bouncy toys, art in the park and performances by the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Filipiniana Arts & Culture, Adefua Cultural Arts Center and Ocheami Culture Club.
Children participating in the Maple Wood Playfield Art in the Parks program will perform folk dances of the Philippines, including the world-famous “Tinikling,” also known as the Bamboo Pole Dance. They will also do a number using ethnic musical instruments, including the Muslim gongs and drums.
Adefua Cultural Education Workshop brings another spectacular year of West African Drumming, Dance and Song to the Othello Park Community. Youth will perform a Traditional Welcome Dance, with live music, and song, Kutt N UP’s Hip Hop Dance, and orchestrated selections of sounds of West African cultures.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center will present a theatrical presentation featuring the youth of Pratt Park’s Art in the Park summer program. Students will showcase their dance, writing, acting and drama skills. An art exhibition will display original works of art by youth throughout the summer.
Children and families who have participated in the Inspired Child program at Judkins Park will present Polyrhythms — movement from Africa to the Diaspora. They will perform three dance numbers, one from each of the following forms: African dance, tap dance, and Bomba. In addition, there will be spoken word at the children’s open mic. Join us in supporting youth as we celebrate their achievements!
Ocheami Culture Club has brought together a talented collection of teaching artists for the 2010 Art in the Park programs that have merged curricula to create a dynamic and versatile drum line performance. Their performance will feature various influences from Afro-Caribbean and western drum line traditions to modern Hip-Hop and classic Funk re-mixes.
The instructors include: Kofi Anang (Master Dance and Percussion Instructor – Ghana), Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye (Master Dance Instructor – Zimbabwe), Zach Para (Garfield High School Jazz Band and Drum Line alum, current student at New England Conservatory of Music – Boston, MA) and Aaron Walker-Loud (Garfield High School Jazz Band and Drum Line alum, Washington Middle School Drum Line Director, Arts Corps Teaching Artist and Director of Big World Breaks).
For more information, contact Daisy Catague at (206) 615-0303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.