“Put the Arts in Parks” brings cultural performances to local parks

May 28 marked the kickoff of an exciting summer of events through the new “Put the Arts in Parks” program. Made possible by the Seattle Park District, this program is funding 39 outdoor arts and culture projects in parks around the city this summer. All events are free and open to the public.

Audiences at University Heights Plaza recently enjoyed a West African music and dance performance coordinated by the University Heights Center. The event featured the sounds of African world music artist Manimou Camara and the multi-ethnic dance and drum group Denbaya.

In Volunteer Park, the Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle hosted the 25th annual Eritrean Independence Day Celebration with performers of all ages honoring Eritrean arts, culture, and heritage.

“Put the Arts in Parks” programs will run through September, and include public art installations, programs just for kids, art and music series, festivals, concerts, and more!

About the Seattle Park District: Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously-acquired sites.