Performing arts program supports LGBTQ youth of color on Dec. 17

Seattle 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, Dec. 17 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 in length.

The showcase serves as a finale to the 2014 Bearing Witness sessions, a program for queer youth of color, friends and allies up to age 22 to express themselves 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 participated in weekly sessions at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, where they received free mentoring from a team of performing arts professionals.

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 to provide audiences of all colors the opportunity to experience and celebrate these artists and legacies. Please visit to learn more.

For more information, please contact Rodney Greene at 206-295-5218 or or visit