City Parks Foundation Proudly Presents SummerStage Kids, Presented by Disney

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2012 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City’s unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 95 free performing arts events at 36 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 10 to August 22, exposing New York City youth to the world of arts and culture through a vast and diverse collection of engaging entertainment unparalleled by any other festival of its kind in NYC.
The festival will feature artists specializing in dance and include a wide range of music such as classical, rock, Latin, jazz, and soul. The event will also encompass storytellers, theatre, contemporary circus, juggling, poetry and puppetry. With a focus on international culture, the performances will introduce the city’s youth to the diversity of New York City. The series is made possible through the support of Disney.
“We are proud to support SummerStage Kids, where kids get a chance to use their imaginations and learn about art and culture in a way that sparks their creativity,” says Leslie Goodman, senior vice president, Disney Corporate Citizenship.
Disney’s support will also be used to help SummerStage Kids host a series of Family Days. These weekend programs take place in the late afternoon and feature music, dance, and spoken word performances for audiences of all ages, with dance classes and craft workshops available. Family Days will be held in five locations: Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, St Mary’s Park in the Bronx, Springfield Park in Queens, and Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn and Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan.
SummerStage Kids is also offering its first ever series of expanded day programs. Families are invited to come early to enjoy a full day of family entertainment, and adults are invited to stay for an evening concert and film. For more information on the evening adult programs, visit www.summerstage.org.
The complete SummerStage Kids schedule follows. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all programming, visit http://www.CityParksFoundation.org.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

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