Youth in Arts Day at the Marin County Fair on July 1 featured hands-on arts activities for kids and performances on two stages, all by Youth in Arts Mentor Artists who also teach in our programs during the school year.
Mentor Artists Ascha Drake and Evan Bissell and Artists in Schools Director Suzanne Joyal manned hands-on arts activity stations, helping children create duct tape wallets, jewelry and other original creations, along with whimsical model vehicles and musical instruments from recycled materials, including bottlecaps and postcards.
Meanwhile, Mentor Artist Brooke Toczylowski worked throughout the day with kids visiting the Fair to paint and decorate a giant collaborative world map.
On the Ben & Jerry’s Stage, audiences enjoyed sets from Youth in Arts Mentor Artists Bronkar Lee (Beatboxing/Percussion/Circus Arts), Netza Vidal (Mexican Ballet Folklorico), Ken Doumbia (African Drumming and Dance) and Eddie Madril (Native American Dance) and their respective companies, as well as Youth in Arts own teen a cappella troupe `Til Dawn. Performers also offered longer, more interactive/instructive presentations in the new intimate Global Stage space inside the Exhibition Hall.
Youth in Arts continues to present performances on the Global Stage throughout the Fair, with 25 different companies from all parts of the world featured. Come visit us and travel Around the World with Youth in Arts!
Photos above by Joy Phoenix