The Literacy And The Arts Festival Brings Art And Education To the youth of Santa Clarita.
The SCV Education Foundation in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita will be holding the 2nd Annual Literacy and the Arts Festival on Saturday.
Following the procession of the Holiday Parade, this year's Festival will be held in William S. Hart Park and will be a day of entertainment, education and activities to promote and encourage literacy and the performing arts to people of all ages.
There will be crafts, storytelling, and storybook characters for the children, along with notable authors signing books, and live stage entertainment by local schools.
Over 40 vendors will be there, each promoting a local or an outside business with an emphasis on education and the arts, along with food vendors with Thai, Mexican, or typical festival food options.
The SCV Education Foundation supports 55 public school in the Santa Clarita Valley, and holds the Literacy and Arts Festival to emphasize the importance of knowledge and learning in every child's life.
Below is a full list of the activities and guests that will be highlighting the Festival.
Notable Authors & Book Signings:
Andrew Smith – Ghost Medicine (local High School Teacher)
Barbara Jean Hicks – Secret Life of Walter the Kitty Written many children’s books
Sherry Shahan – That’s Not How You Play Soccer Daddy! Author of over 30 children’s, young adults and adult books
Leonard Felder, Phd. – Fitting In Is Over Rated – motivational, self help – printed in over 14 languages
Alva Sachs – Circus Fever
Janet Squires – Gingerbread Cowboy – Governors pick New Mexico, up for the Governors pick for Wyoming.
Richard Myers – local, self-published – Snapping Schneds and Blosits
Adam Schomer – Becka and the Giant Bubble
Brigette Brigitte Benchimol – Jadyn and the Magic Bubble
Storytelling – On stage
Michael D. McCarty
Joe Herrington – Cowboy Poet Storyteller
Stage Shows –
Canyon Theater Guild – presents pieces from "Madeline's Christmas," "Stuart Little," and "Charlotte's Web”
Dan Crow – Singer, Songwriter, Family Entertainer
Mint Canyon Community School Chorus – Linda Hitsman
Showdown Stage Company – Journey to the Icy Village
Placerita Jr. High – presenting “Honk”
Castaic Elementary – Laura Kubler
SCV Theatre Project – presents songs from Secret Garden, Into the Woods and more!
Vision In Progress Teen Advisory Group – narrating in character children’s books – Brittney Batong
Joe Gandelman – Ventriloquist/Puppets/Comedy
Street Beat – Stomp influenced percussion music – Ben Hansen
Awards for Paint the Town Windows, Book mark Art Contest, Writing Contest
Other Entertainment :
Cartoon Artist – Phil Yeh
Painting portable (all day) mural with children who attend the festival.
Pierre Cruzatte – A musical Journey along the Lewis & Clark Trail
Santa Clarita Symphony’s Instrumental Petting Zoo
Brave New World presents – Make Your Own Comic Book and Draw the Simpson’s (two different sessions, artist from The Simpson will be there for second session) Atom
Reading Your Favorite Books:
Bob Kellar – Mayor
LA County Librarians
Little Red Riding Hood
Ronald McDonald – 10:00 – 10:30
Cary Pederson – Local Sax player
Kelly Roberts as the “Circus Ring Leader”
Story Book Characters – All day
Hart High School Carolers
An array of food and non-food vendors
A day of entertainment, education, and activities to encourage, promote and expose the importance of literacy and the performing arts to children and their families.