Young Audiences of Rochester, NY (YA) is once again partnering with NAMI Rochester and The Village Gate and performing at the 3rd NAMIWalks on May 2nd during walk registration at 9am. This year’s Walk Day takes place at the Village Gate located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. The Village Gate Courtyard is transformed into a huge celebration with a gigantic Balloon Arch created by YA artist Larry Moss (Arigami). FUN for the whole family continues with music and entertainment provided by Flower City Vaudeville and Stilt Walker James Ryan, concluding with Mounafany Pan-African Drum & Dance leading the walkers at 10am.
• Flower City Vaudeville – Ward Hartenstein, Richard Hughson, and Ted Baumhauer will present family friendly musical comedy entertainment for all ages.
• Stilt Walker James Ryan will present a Multi-Media & Interactive Performance.
• Mounafany Pan-African Drum & Dance – Celebrate life through the traditional West African Music and Dance of Guinea, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
• Larry Moss broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Non-Round Balloon Sculpture in the World. He has also been recognized by Ripley?s Believe it or Not!, CNN, and Smithsonian Magazine for his unusually large and creative structures.
About Young Audiences of Rochester, NY: For over 50 years, Young Audiences of Rochester, NY (YA), the largest, most comprehensive, multi-modal nonprofit arts learning organization in upstate NY, has been the premier resource and provider of award-winning, innovative, quality arts learning experiences for children and youth from cradle to college and careers. As part of a national network, YA is a respected leader and catalyst for arts integration, inspiring and connecting artists, cultural and educational organizations and providing innovative teaching and learning opportunities. Our primary mission is to use the arts for life-long learning, with a vision of preparing generations of critical thinkers, innovators, and responsible citizens, prepared for life and work in the 21st Century global marketplace.
In 2013-14 YA provided 118,959 arts experiences for students – an increase of 43% from the previous year. Additionally, we delivered 275 performances, 3,356 workshops and residencies to students in 104 schools in urban, suburban and rural communities in 13-counties representing audiences from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
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NAMI Rochester will be joining over 80 walks taking place throughout the country to Raise Awareness on Mental Illness. Proceeds from the Walk will support the mission of NAMI – providing support, education, and advocacy to individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds living with mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders. NAMI is a not for profit, grass roots, volunteer driven organization. Free educational and support programs are offered in Monroe and surrounding counties.
For more information or questions regarding the 3rd NAMIWalks Rochester, please visit our website at www.namiwalks.org/Rochester