Area youth, ages 3 to high school, will take the stage in the Sinnissippi Park band shell, 1401 N. Main St., on four Sunday afternoons this summer to share their artistic talents in music, dance and drama.
Sinnissippi Sundays are sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Council and the Rockford Park District. Performances are 3-5 p.m., Sundays, June 24, July 15, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. Sinnissippi Sundays are free and open to the public. Rain site is Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.
The intent of Sinnissippi Sundays is to unite children and families of diverse cultures, including Hispanic, African-American and European, through the arts, said Dorothy Paige-Turner, Sinnissippi Sundays organizer and local music educator/performing artist. Sinnissippi Sundays will offer young people a unique opportunity to perform and, at the same time, help to heighten community awareness of the enormous talent we have right here in our children.
Sinnissippi Sundays performers include individuals, as well as groups from area churches and schools. According to Rockford Area Arts Council Executive Director Anne OKeefe: Young people are impacted by the arts. Sinnissippi Sundays give them a wonderful venue to showcase their talents, and offer an affordable opportunity for the community to enjoy performance art.
A special guest appearance by KantoreiThe Singing Boys of Rockford kicks off the summer program Sunday, June 24. Also performing that afternoon are Pilgrim Baptist Church Unlimited Praise Dance, vocalist Kelsey Wild, Childrens Theater Project musical revue, Not So Modern Band, dancer Emily Cummins, Rockford Dance Companys Dance Reach, Artists Ensemble Theatre Youth Storytellers and Rockford Area Arts Councils ArtsPlace Dance Team.
Performers Sunday, July 15, include special guest Summer Rocks Band. Also performing are East High School Folkloric Dance; Paul Steffan, vocalist; G LiL Steppers, praise dance; Pastor Tito Cevallos Chorus; ArtsPlace Dance Team; Storyvine Theater, storytelling; and Rockford Dance Company.
Performers Sunday, Aug. 12, include special guest Summer Rocks Band. Also performing are Living Word Angels, praise dance; Janelle Daugherty, vocalist; Ballet Folklorico of Rockford; Storyvine Theater, storytelling; The Hits; and ArtsPlace Dance Team.
Performing Sunday, Sept. 9 is special guest YES Inspirational Choir. Also performing are Myrna Brakefield, Hispanic dance; Jessica Benson, vocalist; BahaI Youth Performances; Storyvine Theater, storytelling; Spectrum Poetry Jam; ArtsPlace Dance Team; and Multi-Cultural Dance Group.
Sinnissippi Sundays is an Education & Outreach program of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
from the June 20-27, 2007, issue