Let the art begin!

Sharpen those pencils, stir those paint cans, prep your poetry and perfect your dance steps! To build excitement for the summer Olympics in Tokyo, the 26th annual Kids Arts Festival will offer award-winning arts opportunities from noon to 4 p.m. on June 6. 

“The ideas we are getting back from our participating artists and agencies are golden,” said Betsy Sandberg, who chairs the festival planning committee. For example, the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College will pay homage to the Japanese art of paper folding by teaching kids how to create origami boats. Popular activities are back including: the Poster Contest, conducted by the Schenectady County Public Library, with $100 prizes offered in three age categories, Test drive a trumpet, trombone or a viola with musicians from the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s instrumental petting zoo,See the sun by looking through a powerful telescope from the Dudley Observatory, Make a community mural by contributing your own colors and painting style, and Art bikes, developed by Julie Potter with assistance from the Electric City Bike Rescue. Bring your own helmet or borrow one of ours! The festival’s Facebook page will be updated with entertainers, performers and art offerings as the schedule is developed.

“Each year I wonder how we are going to top the previous year and thanks to the creativity and imagination in our community, we always do,” said Ann Parillo, a member of the planning committee.