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March is Youth Art Month

| Canyon Country Magazine, Community | March 13, 2018

All residents of Santa Clarita are invited to see the creative works of young people at the Third Annual Youth Arts Showcase later this month. To celebrate Youth Art Month, the City of Santa Clarita is holding the event on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Centre.

The free event gives students in the Santa Clarita Valley an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents by performing or displaying their art for the community. The showcase will also feature various activity areas to inspire youth to explore and celebrate art. Families are encouraged to attend. The Centre is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita.

“Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education. When our youth delve into art, it helps them develop important skills such as problem solving, creativity, observation and communication,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.

The event will feature the Santa Clarita Youth Art Gallery, displaying entries from 20 local students contending in the Youth Arts Showcase Contest. Attendees will have a chance to cast their vote for the people’s choice award. An award ceremony announcing the top three art selections will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The Interactive Youth Art area invites children to explore their artistic skills with interactive activities such as shadow puppet making, art robots, face painting and guided art drawing lessons. The Street Painting Area, located in the parking lot of The Centre, will allow young people to marvel at and be inspired by vibrant pastel art masterpieces created by others their age.

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The Performing Arts Stage will host special performances by youth choruses, local dance teams and the CalArts ensemble. Throughout the day, the Oak Room stage will feature acts of spoken word poetry and storytelling, while youth are invited to dance to the beat with free hip hop, Polynesian and African dance lessons taking place every hour in the Interactive Dance Room.

For additional information regarding the Youth Arts Showcase, contact Arts and Events Supervisor Yolanda Calderon at (661) 250-3727 or ycalderon@santa-clarita.com.

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