WEST PALM BEACH — The Multi-Cultural Arts Program (MAP) is hosting its 13th Annual Multicultural Arts Talent Show, Saturday, Aug. 3, starting at 6 p.m. at Barton Elementary School, 1700 Barton Rd., in Lake Worth.
The evening of entertainment and celebration will highlight multicultural dances, choirs, solo performers, steppers, drummers, a magic show and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for school-aged children and children under 5 are admitted free. For details 561-4931190. Call
The program started in April of 2000, and offers dance, drama, visual arts, gardening, and cooking to 100-plus youth ages 3-17 to develop their artistic gifts.
Participating students attend the Early Childhood Academy, Barton Elementary School, Lake Worth Middle, Lantana Middle, Lake Worth High, Academy for Positive Learning, South Grade, North Grade, Highland, Indian Pines, Maritime Academy, Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts.
This summer the students have been working with Dreyfoos alumnus Pierre Clerger, who graduated two years ago and is currently back from college and sharing his expertise with the MAP summer campers.
The MAP program serves as a stepping stone for children who demonstrate strong artistic talent and are interested in attending an arts school. They are provided with additional dance and drama training to audition for Bak and Dreyfoos.
Recently, 11 children from the MAP program were accepted into the two schools. Coordinating organizer Reginale Durandisse, founder and CEO of For the Children, Inc. said the program offers opportunities for children to receive significant arts instruction.
“These children would not have been able to take these classes focusing on a diversity of performing and visual arts if not for the financial and artistic contributions from a number of community entities,” Durandisse said.
*2012 TALENT SHOW: Young Haitian singer.