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Hamilton invites District 5 to Youth Performance Showcase on Sept. 24th

Wednesday September 21, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

On Saturday, September 24th a unique event will show how art can be used as a way to build and express community pride. The Youth Performing Showcase will get underway as one of the last events of the federally funded Shawnee Weed and Seed program.

“The organizers of the Showcase have spent many hours bringing together various groups to help make the arts a part of a young person’s life,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “This showcase will spread a strong message of arts and community as yet another way to build our neighborhoods.”

The theme of the Youth Performing Showcase is “Expressing Community Pride thru Art.” It will get underway at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center from 12:30pm to 5:00pm.

The showcase is a series of workshops featuring all aspects of the arts from music to dance to the visual arts. Among the groups participating are the River City Drum Corp, the Art Reach Dance Studio, Creative Insights, 1+1+U, the Louisville Professional School of Music, the Burundi Drummers of Louisville and Chef Jackson.

“These talented performers and artists have a positive message for our young people in how they can channel energy for change,” says Hamilton.

The program is the last event funded by the Shawnee Weed and Seed program which is in its third year. Federal funding was cut for the five year programs nationally before it was set to expire in 2013. The Weed and Seed funding helped begin many other programs in the Shawnee area focusing on areas such as crime, education and revitalization of neighborhoods. It encouraged a partnership between residents, police officers, educators, businesses owners and elected officials.

“This program grew some very positive outcomes for the Shawnee area,” says Hamilton. “The goal now is to maintain what has been started and continue our work with the people who have become involved in our progress.”

The Youth Performing Showcase is free to young people in District 5. The Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center is located at 607 South 37th Street.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5