Performing arts program supports LGBTQ youth of color on June 10

2015 Spring Bearing Witness Showcase - small 2Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute invite the community to the “Bearing Witness” showcase featuring performances by LGBTQ youth of Color and their friends, on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m., (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Langston Hughes Performing Art Institute is located at 104 17th Ave. S at E Yesler Way in Seattle. Attendance is free, and the show is about 90 minutes.

The showcase will feature performances by local Queer Youth of Color and Allies sharing their stories and exploring their art, creating space and opening a door for discussion and awareness in the community. More than a dozen youth will be performing in a variety of performing arts disciplines. 

Youth involved with the Bearing Witness program participated in weekly sessions at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, where they received free mentoring from a team comprised of adult LGBTQ professional performing artists of Color and Allies.

The mission of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies, and to preserve the African American aesthetic. By pursuing its mission, LHPAI is an agent of systemic change by providing opportunities for Performing Artists of Color to present their authentic images and voice, to engage the rich artistic aesthetics of the African American and Diaspora legacies and by providing audiences of all colors the opportunity to experience and celebrate these artists and legacies. Please visit www.langstoninstitute.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact Randy Wiger at 206-883-6110 or randy.wiger@seattle.gov. Program details can also be found at www.Seattle.gov/Parks/LGBTQ.