Nearly Three Dozen Child Celebrities to Attend Hollywood Arts Council's 29th Annual Free Children's Festival of the Arts, 8/10
Family fun will be the theme of the day for the Hollywood Arts Council's 29th Annual FREE Children's Festival of the Arts to be presented at Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038 this Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 12-Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Bugs Bunny from Six Flags Magic Mountain, along with Cotton Top Tamarin, the official mascot of the Los Angeles Zoo and nearly 40 film and television celebrity children will attend the Festival to mingle with guests. The event will be hosted by Casey McCabe of AMP Radio 97.1 FM.
The Children's Festival is a celebration of the arts and culture in Hollywood. Festivities will include performances featuring a variety of music, dance and entertainment from around the world for all ages. An assortment of art workshops led by professional artists will provide children with the opportunity to create their own art pieces as souvenirs. The event will include the appearances of child film and television celebrities, face painters and strolling costumed characters. "This wonderful non-commercial event has become a family tradition," according to HAC executive director Shauna McClure. "People whose parents brought them to the festival in the past are now bringing their own kids."
The Festival is partially funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, along with generosity of 15 other sponsors including: Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Screen Actors Guild Foundation's BookPALS, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Zimmer Children's Museum, Los Angeles Zoo, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, Discover Hollywood Magazine, AMP Radio 97.1 FM, Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Barnsdall Arts, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, representing Los Angeles City Council District 13 and Councilmember Tom LaBonge, representing Los Angeles City Council District 4. Community Participants include Sweet! Hollywood and Page Private School.
Food and drinks will be available for sale at the event. Enter at Bronson Gate, where there will be ample free parking on site. For more information, call 323-871-2787 or visit online at www.hollywoodartscouncil.org. The Hollywood Arts Council can also be reached at www.facebook.com/HwArtsCouncil and on Twitter at @Hwartscouncil.
The schedule of eight Performers will include: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.: Lyte Dance Studio; 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Cleary Irish Dance; 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.: Thai Performance Group; 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: The Amazing Dave (Magician Dave DeVito); 3:00 - 3:15 p.m.: Screen Actors Guild Foundation's BookPALS "storytime" readings; 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Gevorkian Dance Academy; and 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. and Plaza de la Raza Folklorico. In addition, The Stunt Kids of Hollywood will perform from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. The performance schedule is subject to change and revision.
The 10 Workshop Artists at this year's Festival will include: 12-Noon - 2:00 p.m.: Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting (Patty Sue Jones) and Beaded Bracelets (Imani Afi); 12-Noon - 4:00 p.m.: Puppet Making (Iris Strauss); 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.: Wind Chimes (Quan Yen Trang); 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Artist Trading Cards (Howard Marshall) and Handcrafted Musical Instruments by Big Brazos World Village (Rachel Day); 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Screen Actors Guild Foundation's BookPALS "storytime" readings, Mask Making (Ana Miro of Zimmer Children's Museum) and Wizard and Fairy Wands (Nicola Vruwink) and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Calypso Shakers (Gayle Gale). The workshop schedule is subject to change and revision.
Nearly three dozen child film and television celebrities will sign autographs and hang out with their fans from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre in front a Hollywood Arts Council's Step and Repeat banner On The Red Carpet. They include: Tara-Nicole Azarian (My Name is...Anna; Sibling Rivalry); Brielle Barbusca (The Starter Wife; Modern Family; Royal Pains); Thomas Barbusca (Grey's Anatomy; New Girl; Sam & Cat); Saige Ryan Campbell (Maybe Someday; The Winx Club; Grey's Anatomy); Paisley Dickey (Toddler's and Tiaras; The Drama Queen); McKenna Grace (Goodbye World; The Young and the Restless; The Bridge); Victoria Grace (Ronin; Tracks; A Matter of Choice); Matthew Glen Johnson (Bukowki; iCarly; True Blood); Jennifer Jolliff (Callbacks; On Becoming A Man; Switched at Birth); Merit Leighton (A Tiger's Tail; Sofia the First); Abigail Zoe Lewis (A Proper Sendoff; Just A Little Heart Attack); Elise Luthman (Beechwood Charter; The Middle; New Girl; Wendell and Vinnie); Joey Luthman (C.H.O.S.E.N.; The Goldbergs; Modern Family; iCarly); Xolo Maridueña (Imagen Award-nominated actor, Parenthood; Major Crimes); Mavrick Moreno (Every Witch Way; Parental Guidance); Matthew Nardozzi (Chapter 27; Stiffs; Snapshots); Alexis Nolan (Dance Off!; iCarly; OMG TV); Marlowe Peyton (Dance Off!; Jessie; New Girl); Chad Roberts (Cougar Town; Community); Ashley Romeo (The Lesson; Girl of my Dreams); Bandon Tyler Russell (Smitty; The Marital Arts Kid; Hotel P., Supah Ninjas); Kendall Ryan Sanders (Every Witch Way; The Odd Life of Timothy Green; Criminal Minds); Katie Silverman (How I Met Your Mother; Happy Endings); Paris Smith (Imagen Award-nominated actress, Every Witch Way; Modern Family); Dylan Riley Synder (Kickin' It; Modern Family; Life During Wartime); Mia Talerico (Good Luck Charlie); Justin Tinucci (Standing Up; Trophy Wife; iCarly; Modern Family); Haley Tju (Bella and the Bullfrog; Monsters vs. Aliens; The Thundermans; Jessie); Ashley Tramonte (Cheerleaders vs. Redneck Zombies; Exeter); Elias Washington (Hope For Love; Real Husbands of Hollywood); Danika Yarosh (Run Dad Run; Shameless; Tar) and Gracie Whitton (Scarey Movie 5).
Eight VIPs who will be in attendance at the event include: Nyla Arslanian (President, Hollywood Arts Council; Editor of "Discover Hollywood Magazine"); Shauna McClure (Executive Director, Hollywood Arts Council); Oscar P. Arslanian (Publisher of "Discover Hollywood Magazine;" Hollywood Arts Council Trustee and Charlie Awards Producer); Majah Carberry (29th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts Project Coordinator); D'Janine Lasky (Great Granddaughter of Jesse L. Lasky, one of the founding fathers of Paramount Pictures); Mitch O'Farrell (Councilmember of the Thirteenth District, City of Los Angeles); Tom LaBonge (Councilmember of the Fourth District, City of Los Angeles) and a representative from the office of Richard Bloom (Assemblymember, 50th District, State of California).
The Hollywood Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an action-oriented organization that works for the benefit of the Hollywood community through the arts. Founded in 1978 to insure that the arts play a vital role in the revitalization plans then underway, the Hollywood Arts Council has been providing service to the Hollywood community, and artists and arts organizations working in Hollywood for 36 years.
Strongly linked to the Council's purpose to promote, nurture and support the arts is the belief that the arts revitalize people as well as communities. The annual Children's Festival of the Arts, now in it's 29th year, is held annually on the second Sunday of each August at Paramount Pictures. Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks), the Council's arts workshops program, brings free performing and visual arts instruction and performances to thousands of children and their families every year.
The Council also created the Annual Awards Luncheon "The Charlies" to honor individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the arts and Hollywood. Through the years, the Council has spearheaded many community arts projects. It also serves as a catalyst convening artists and arts organizations addressing issues of concern. Most recently it introduced the Stayin' Live initiative to address the loss of live theatre space in Hollywood. The Council promotes Hollywood's performing arts with a daily calendar of arts activities published in Discover Hollywood magazine and on its website www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.