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6/11/2013 - Artist Residency - Block Party with "I am Kenny J Productions and Stories and More on Tour"

Release Date: June 10, 2013 
Contact Person:  Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities, (785) 309-5770 






Arty the Mobile Arts Van presents the six-member line-dance company, “I Am Kenny J Productions” plus “Stories and More on Tour” in residency June 10-14 in Salina. IAKJP’s line dancing and Queen Nur’s stories will focus on the topics of good nutrition and movement for kids, performing throughout the week at Salina day camps and daycare facilities.

Celebrating their mission of “footwork with a purpose” through healthy lifestyles and community enrichment, IAKJP “dances like no one is watching.” Incomparable storyteller Queen Nur presents a tasty treat of stories, songs and dance celebrating African-American heritage accompanied by African instruments. Both artist groups come to Salina from New Jersey and also were featured on the Children’s Stage during the Smoky Hill River Festival. 

A block party will take place on Thursday, June 13, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S. Chicago, Salina.  This event is free and open to the public.  All area children and families are invited to attend.  IAKJP will have line dancing outside the church, and then the crowd will move into the sanctuary for storytelling by Queen Nur.  Free treats will be provided by Sno Wizard on Wheels.

A project of Salina Arts & Humanities, this residency is offered to Salina educators and caregivers free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Pat Mullen Fund of the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.