In light of the recent killings of 9, African-American men and women at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, our communities find themselves yet again in a period of reflection about race relations in our country. On Tuesday June 23, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights held a dialogue session on the Charleston murders recognizing the profound impact of this violent act on African-Americans and people of color in our city.
Despite this period of mourning, LHPAI continues its tireless, grassroots work of supporting and cultivating families and youth through the performing arts. On Monday June 22, we welcomed the 100 youth enrolled in the Teen Summer Academy and an additional 12 youth from the Seattle Youth Employment Program. These young people are enrolled in performance support programs for this year’s Teen Summer Musical: theatre, tech, costuming, administration and maintenance/horticulture.
Our unending commitment to Seattle’s youth and their families is a commitment to the vitality of our communities. When communities are unified and fortified, we are able to be resilient in the face of constant attack. We also realize that we must take the time to remember and honor our dead. In the spirit of this mourning period, we are cancelling the Teen Summer Musical Family picnic originally slated for Saturday June 27. The picnic will be rescheduled before the end of the summer.