HAC to Host 29th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts, 8/10

HAC to Host 29th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts, 8/10

The Hollywood Arts Council (HAC) will present their family fun-filled FREE 29th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 12-Noon to 4:30 p.m. at Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA 90038. Casey McCabe, on-air talent for AMP Radio 97.1 FM will serve as the Event Emcee.

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, including Bugs Bunny from Six Flags Magic Mountain and The Amazing Dave (Magician Dave DeVito). "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 other sponsors including: Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Zimmer Children's Museum, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, 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 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.: Gevorkian Dance Academy; 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: The Amazing Dave (Magician Dave DeVito); 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Thai Performance Group; 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.

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.: 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.

Confirmed child film and television celebrities who 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 will include: McKenna Grace (Goodbye World; The Young and the Restless; The Bridge); Victoria Grace (Ronin; Tracks; A Matter of Choice); Xolo Maridueña (Imagen Award-nominated actor, Parenthood; Major Crimes); Mavrick Moreno (Every Witch Way; Parental Guidance); Ashley Romeo (The Lesson; Girl of my Dreams); Kendall Ryan Sanders (Every Witch Way; The Odd Life of Timothy Green; Criminal Minds); Paris Smith (Imagen Award-nominated actress, Every Witch Way; Modern Family), Justin Tinucci (Standing Up; Trophy Wife; iCarly) and Elias Washington (Hope For Love; Real Husbands of Hollywood). Additional child celebrities will soon be announced.

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.

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