Performing arts program supports LGBTQ youth of color on Sept. 24

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute invite the community to a mentor showcase for “Bearing Witness” on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., (doors open at 3:45 p.m.) Langston Hughes Performing Art Institute is located at 104 17th Ave. S at E Yesler Way in Seattle. The mentor showcase features performances from and an introduction to the mentoring team.

The showcase serves as an introduction to the fall session of Bearing Witness, a program for queer youth of color, friends and allies up to age 22 to express their authentic voice through dance, music, spoken word, and other performing arts to name, explore, express, and celebrate who they are as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, as People of Color, and as youth.

Youth involved with the Bearing Witness program participate in weekly sessions each Wednesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, where they receive free mentoring from a team of performing arts professionals. The program culminates with a youth showcase performance on Dec. 17, for which the participants receive a $50 stipend.

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 Rodney Greene at 206-295-5218 or rodney.greene@seattle.gov.

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