BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA. — When the pandemic shut down live recitals, children studying dance, music and performance had no way to share their talents with an audience. Thanks to Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, they now do.
AHB launched Bainbridge Talent Showcase on its cultural platform Currents to offer a virtual stage for the community’s creative youth and to highlight the work of their teachers. The community non-profit reached out to instructors across the island and asked them to share videos of their student performances.
The Showcase previewed in December with a virtual recital by vocalists studying with Stephanie Reese. In January, Chloe B., 9, performed a ballet she wrote and choreographed herself as part of the Bainbridge Dance Center “Create Your Own Ballet” program developed by teacher Whitney Mayer. Most recently, the Showcase featured the Marsh Family Band with Coral, 11, on violin, and Julian, 13, on keyboard.
As Reese said in introducing her students: “These kids have worked so hard. They are a ray of sunshine for me during these quarantine times.”
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge hopes that Bainbridge Talent Showcase will be a ray of sunshine for both the young performers featured and for the audiences they reach by sharing their talents with Currents.
Instructors interested in shining a light on their amazing students can contact the Currents editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please contact AHB Executive Director Anne Smart at email@example.com.
About AHB: Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is a 501 (c) non-profit organization whose mission is to connect you to the abundance of creativity in our community to empower and inspire. The organization brings art to shared public spaces through its Public Art Committee, funded by the City of Bainbridge Island. It places teaching artists in local public school classrooms through its Arts in Education program. It hosts Currents Online – currentsonline.org – the community cultural website that makes the rich world of island arts and culture easily accessible. More information can be found at ahbbainbridge.org.
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