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The Gallery of New York Folk Art

Kids Fest


The Gallery of New York Folk Art

Kids’ Arts Fest

129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY ♦ 518/346-7008

Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday hours (May-October) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (in conjunction with the Schenectady Greenmarket outside City Hall); or by Appointment


21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival — June 6, 2015

When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jay Street Outside of Schenectady City Hall, and Jay Street Mall (Rain Location: Inside City Hall)

The 21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on June 6, 2015, included FREE, hands-on arts activities for pre-school and school age children to enjoy!
New York Folklore Society hosted Brooklyn gourd artist Cheryl Thomas, who demonstrated and sold her small rattles, gourd seeds, and small shekeres.
The kids loved the live entertainment, including puppets, music, dancing and wandering street performers throughout the day. With free admission to this fun-filled kids’ event, it was a great way to introduce the little ones to the arts.


The 20th Annual Kids Arts Festival allowed children to explore the arts from noon until 4 p.m. on June 7, 2014, on Jay Street in Schenectady, NY. Click on these photos to see larger images with captions.

The Kids’ Arts Fest occurs each year on the first Saturday of June. The focus is on participation by Schenectady’s youngest residents and all events are free. Held on Jay Street, in the block that runs from State to Franklin, there are stages for performances on either end, with artist’s booths lining the Jay Street pedestrian walkway. The Folklore Society has been participating since 2001, with hands-on folk arts activities which feature a traditional artist. The festival is sponsored by the ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment District and organized with the help of a loyal group of volunteers.

Bernard Domingo was at the New York Folklore Society’s Gallery to help us celebrate the 19th annual Kids Arts Festival on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Sponsored by the ElectriCity Arts & Entertainment District, Kids Arts Festival targets pre-school and young school age children. The festival ran from noon until 4 p.m. Funding for the New York Folklore Society for this event was provided by Stewart’s Holiday Match and Schenectady County Initiative Program (SCIP).

Domingo and son Ben
Bernard Domingo and his son, Ben, demonstrated the technique of creating beaded creatures at the 19th Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on the Jay Street pedestrian mall.

June 5, 2010—The New York Folklore Society featured Bernard Domingo at the Kids’ Arts Fest. Originally from Zimbabwe and now living in the Hudson Valley, Bernard Domingo makes wire and bead “critters” which showcase African animals. He also crafts detailed motorcycles and other small wire pieces.

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The Kids Arts Fest was held on the Jay Street Marketplace in Schenectady on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 1-4 p.m. Warm, sunny weather and hundreds of excited kids made the festival one to remember! The event, sponsored by the ElectricCity Arts & Entertainment District, Schenectady County, The New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, through a grant from the Arts Center of the Capital Region, and numerous individual donors, featured activities for kids of all ages. Fode Sissoko, Senegalese stilt-walker and founder of Fakoli Drum and Dance, made an energizing jaunt through the bustling sidewalk. Outside the Folklore Society offices, Pamela and André Badila, founders of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater, did demonstrations of paper-flower making and painted scenes of African life. Further down the street, Children of the Schenectady Hindu Temple wowed audiences with their dancing and music. All in all, the festival was an enjoyable time for the kids in all of us!




Lion by Bernard Domingo

Kids' Art Fest

Kids' Art Fest

The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation.

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