Performing arts program supports LGBTQ youth of color on June 10

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, 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.

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 www.langstoninstitute.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact Rodney Greene at 206-295-5218 or rodney.greene@seattle.gov or visit www.facebook.com/QuareArts.

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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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Seattle Parks presents the “Bearing Witness” showcase June 18 LGBTQ youth of color take center stage

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, presents “Bearing Witness,” a queer youth of color performing arts showcase at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18.

Local queer youth of color and their allies will share their stories and art as a means of opening the door of awareness and joy in the community.

Last spring Seattle Parks and Langston Hughes launched the Seattle Quare Arts Project. The word “quare” means excellence and identifies exceptional and remarkable experiences and individuals. The Seattle Quare Arts Project encourages LGBTQ youth of color to be the best persons they can be. It’s a mentored performing arts program that provides assistance in designing and implementing performing arts events such as dance, musical presentations and poetry slams. At the end of the program, the students perform in “Bearing Witness.”

The performance will be held at Langston Hughes, 104 17th Ave S, and is free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

For more information visit www.Facebook.com/SeattleParksCOD or contact Rodney Greene at 206-233-5168 or Rodney.Greene@seattle.gov.

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