Karen Johnson

At 12 p.m. Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra will take the stage to demonstrate how to play salsa, cha-cha and merengue rhythms. Then groups of kids will get to perform on stage with the band. This Arts-in-Education program has long been a dream of festival organizers including the late Karen Johnson who with Joan Gould, Janet Hutchison and the late Eli I. Taub, founded this festival.

The first Kids Arts Festival in June 1994 sought to provide a free outdoor arts festival for families in response to devastating state aid education cuts in December, 2013.

Kids can also play along in the audience, with drums, maracas and other musical instruments they make during our festival.

This performance, and all these activities, are free thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature and these members of our Founders Club:

Special thanks to our Founders Club donors:

  • 1st National Bank of Scotia
  • Don & Kay Ackerman
  • M. Sylvia Anapolis
  • Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube P.C
  • Nancy D. Bell ~ In memory of Eli Taub
  • Erin Breslin
  • Serena Butch
  • Miriam Butzel
  • Jane Cobb
  • Jonetta “Skip” Darcy
  • Juliann and Michael Della Rocco III.
  • Dorothy M. Foley
  • John & Peg Foley
  • Mona J. GolubĀ 
  • Neil Golub
  • John & Lucy Halstead
  • Dan, Sandi & Chloe Hanifin
  • Analine Hicks
  • Bob & Cathy Hoffman
  • Roger Hull
  • Eric Johnson
  • Kent Johnson
  • Sharon A. Jordan
  • Betsy Kay
  • Dr. Peggy King
  • Ronald Lagasse
  • LandArt Studio
  • Helen MacDonald
  • Ann Parillo
  • Leesa (Perazzo) Oliver
  • The Schenectady Foundation-Robert Carreau
  • Constance Styles
  • Congressman Paul D. Tonko
  • Zalucki and Halstead, LLP CPAs

And our friends at:

Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra brought to our stage by funding from:

Want to help fund art supplies for kids?

Gifts of any size are welcome and are tax-deductible. Make checks payable to Kids Arts Festival and mail to 432 State St., Schenectady NY 12305. The sponsor of the event is 440 State Street, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization dba the ElectriCity Arts District.