Karen Johnson

Starting at 12 p.m. more than 70 artists, performers and participating agencies will join kids of all ages in celebrating 30 years of our festival. We’ll sing, dance, sculpt, paint, perform create and have fun in Downtown Schenectady on the streets outside City Hall if weather permits. If rain should fall, or air quality is too low to be outside, we’ll move inside to the absolute best rain site of the Capital Region—the GE Theatre, Fenimore Gallery, Golub Arcade, Guild Room, Robb Alley and even spill over to under the Marquees at both the front and back entrances of Proctors at 432 State Street. Leon Etienne of Magic Rocks will kick off the Main Stage performances with an interactive performance featuring jaw-dropping illusions. 

Eli Taub

Joan Gould, Janet Hutchison, the late Karen B. Johnson and the late Eli I. Taub founded the first Kids Arts Festival in June 1994 as a free outdoor arts festival for families in response to devastating state aid education cuts in the early 1990s. 

Even though state aid to education cuts were restored, the popularity of that first festival guaranteed it would continue, and thus the Kids Arts Festival has become an enduring tradition, usually the first Saturday in June. 

During the 2020 pandemic summer, artists and performers provided four one-hour segments of a virtual festival. These on-line segments can still be seen through Open Stage Media’s YouTube channel by searching for “Kids Arts Festival Schenectady 2020.”

L-R, Janet Hutchinson and Joan Gould

Due to continued pandemic restrictions, in 2021, the date of the festival was Sept. 25. But the one constant that everyone can depend on, is that all performances and 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:

  • Don & Kay Ackerman
  • M. Sylvia Anapolis
  • Nancy D. Bell ~ In memory of Eli Taub
  • Rosemary Bishop & Gary Feinland
  • Valerie Bok & Joseph Lomonaco
  • Erin Breslin
  • Teresa Buckley & James Odato
  • Serena & Paul Butch
  • Henry M. Butzel Family Foundation
  • Capital Region Today TV
  • Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube P.C
  • Jane Cobb
  • Andrea & Dan Cortelyou
  • Matthew Cuevas
  • Tony & Terry Cuomo
  • Juliann & Michael Della Rocco III.
  • John & Peg Foley
  • Mona J. Golub 
  • Neil Golub
  • John & Lucy Halstead
  • Eileen & Jeffrey Handelman
  • Dan, Sandi & Chloe Hanifin
  • Bob & Cathy Hoffman
  • Ned R. Hoskin
  • Roger Hull

  • Heather Hutchison & Dave Tobey
  • Eric Johnson & Elizabeth Walsh
  • In Memory of Karen B. Johnson
  • Kent Johnson & Gillian Thomson
  • Sharon A. Jordan
  • Betsy Kay
  • Dr. Peggy King
  • Ronald Lagasse
  • LandArt Studio
  • Jean & Rob Leonard
  • Brad & Cathy Lewis 
  • Helen MacDonald
  • Chris & Paul Mason
  • Linda Mastrianni
  • Frank & Janice Maurizio
  • Fran Sarchiato-Veloce
  • The Schenectady Foundation-Robert Carreau
  • Jason & Cindy Schultz
  • Constance Styles
  • SUVI Architecture Studio PLLC
  • Congressman Paul D. Tonko
  • Carol & Steve Weisse
  • Jeff Wilkin
  • Tim Wilkin
  • Joan & Todd Winne
  • Katherine & William Wolfram
  • Cathy Woodruff & Mike Goodwin
  • Zalucki and Halstead, LLP CPAs

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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.