Fifth-graders from around LAUSD, including youngsters from seven schools in Board District 3, spent a recent morning singing and dancing on The Music Center plaza as part of the Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival celebrating the performance arts.
Held annually since 1970, the festival gives students the opportunity to attend a professional performance at the landmark Music Center and to put on a show of their own. During this year's three-day event, kids watched a routine by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, then joined together on the plaza to perform a dance they'd practiced for weeks at their individual schools.
Among the participating schools were Calahan Community Charter, Dixie Canyon Charter, Haskell Elementary, Haynes Charter for Enriched Studies, Mayall Street Elementary, the Multicultural Learning Center and Tulsa Street Elementary.
The festival began in 1970 as part of a commitment to engage young people in the arts, and is one of California’s longest ongoing free arts education programs. More than 700,000 children have participated in the festival since its inception, and for many, the festival is their first experience at a live performing arts event.