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    2021 Regional Arts Festivals May 27-28
    Posted on 05/12/2021
    A city skyline drawing by a student

    2021 Regional Arts Festivals, May 27-28

    In February 2020, The Creative Advantage hosted the first ever Regional Arts Festival (RAF) for our southwest schools at Chief Sealth International High School. It was an opportunity for students and educators from schools in the southwest region of Seattle to showcase their art and perform live for families and community to enjoy.

    This may, we will be hosting two virtual Regional Arts Festivals for the southeast and central regions of the city.

    Both virtual Regional Arts Festivals will feature pre-recorded student performances, photographed visual art, and interactive experiences throughout the festivals. 

    The Southeast RAF will be live-streamed on Thursday, May 27, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

    The Central RAF will be live-streamed on Friday, May 28, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Both events can be viewed on SPSTV and on the SPSTV YouTube channel.

    The Southeast and Central Regional Arts Festivals are opportunities to celebrate the arts learning taking place across the district in all grade levels. Youth will be emcees and Creative Advantage teaching artists will lead youth and families in joyful music, hip hop dance, and poetry activities. After each festival, the SPS website will feature a link to the recorded event and a student art gallery.

    "The Regional Arts Festivals are a way for our community to see how the arts are a vehicle for young people to be activists for change, to explore their identities, and to heal through creative expression," said Gail Sehlhorst, program manager for visual and performing arts.

    The Southeast Regional Arts Festival on May 27 will feature art and performances from Aki Kurose Middle School, Alan Sugiyama High School (formerly South Lake High School), Dearborn Park International Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Rainier View Elementary, Rising Star Elementary, South Shore K-8, Southeast Interagency, as well as art and performances from South End Stories and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

    The Central Regional Arts Festival on May 28 will feature art and performances from Franklin High School, John Muir Elementary, Leschi Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Madrona Elementary, Montlake Elementary, Seattle World School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, and Washington Middle School.

    During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the arts have been a safe place for students to explore their identities and talents, as well as a powerful medium to advocate for social justice in Seattle and around the world. If your student is not part of a RAF but would like to share their art with us, use the hashtag #artistsofsps on all social media platforms.

    Regional Arts Festivals were developed in direct response to student requests for opportunities to showcase and celebrate the arts learning taking place in Seattle Public Schools. The RAFs are made possible through the generous support of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, in collaboration with students, SPS teachers, community arts partners, and our long-standing Creative Advantage partner, The Office of Arts & Culture.

    We look forward to seeing you there!