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Schenectady Kids Arts Festival to be streamed on multiple platforms amid COVID-19

Summer staple moves online during pandemic
A girl draws in front of the Open Door Bookstore during the 2019 Schenectady Kids Arts Festival.
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A girl draws in front of the Open Door Bookstore during the 2019 Schenectady Kids Arts Festival.

Categories: Life & Arts, Schenectady County

SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Kids Arts Festival has kicked off summer with crafts, games and family fun for a quarter of a century. But now in its 26th year, like most events during the pandemic, the festival has made some adjustments.

The only hassle for families wanting to attend this year, however, will be making sure they don’t lose the TV remote.

For the first time, the family event will be streamed online and broadcast on local television June 6-7. Four different hourlong episodes produced by ElectriCity Arts & Entertainment District will replace the event’s usual in-person activities as 28 total previously recorded segments — courtesy of local organizations and attendees — will be scattered throughout the episodes. 

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“We realized we can reach more people live and over time due to the multiple ways we are broadcasting,” said Betsy Sandberg, chair of the volunteer planning committee.

The streamable festival will feature performances from the award-winning Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra; Schenectady’s own Puppet People; students of the Dance Me School of Dance and Character Development; and the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band, among other groups. And for each episode, Mike Purcell of A-1 Entertainment will be compiling video submissions of Capital Region residents dancing to a prerecorded track as an added touch.

Episodes one and two of the festival will be available to watch on Spectrum and Verizon Fios at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively, on June 6, while episodes three and four will be broadcast at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on June 7. The broadcast will also be streaming on the Schenectady Kids Arts Festival’s Facebook page, where it will be available to view afterward.

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