Columbia Arts Festival featuring a variety of musical acts

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Columbia hip-hop artist Nicholas “NicDanger” Rodriguez is planning a new event aimed at uniting, educating and motivating the community through the arts.

The Columbia Arts Festival kicks off June 13 at 5 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse Amphitheater, featuring a variety of musical acts, and as a way to “provide connections to resources, exposure to different cultures, and a safe place for self-expression.” “, according to a press release.

Rodriguez, along with Tanya Heath, announced the event on Tuesday.

“There is a need for artistic expression, exposure to different cultures and community. Columbia Arts Festival provides all these elements,” Rodriguez said in a follow-up message to the Tribune. “Columbia Arts Festival, meet the friend you never had.”

Children’s exposure to other cultures “and the arts at an early age is good for their long-term success,” Heath said in a message to the Tribune. “…As a community, we can learn many important things from other cultures through artistic expression and release positive endorphins that make everyone happy.”

Heath highlighted bilingual singer Aleesia, who performs her 10-minute set from 6:45 p.m. That’s where multicultural band Double Helix with Aina Cook and their 30-minute set starting at 6:15 p.m., she noted. Rodriguez gets a ten-minute set after Aleesia.

In addition, guests can expect a performance from dance school Jabberwocky Studios at 7:35 PM among the various artists in the line-up.

Event sponsors include several Republican candidates for office in Boone County and at the state level, including Dustin Stanton, Sam Turner, John Potter, Cheri Toalson Reisch, and organizations and companies including Boone County Republican Women, The Source Summit and Bluestem Missouri Crafts .

Heath noted in a follow-up message to the Tribune that she had contacted political candidates on both sides of the aisle, and that candidates are not expected to have a table at the event. However, there will be tables for youth-oriented nonprofits and other vendors, such as clothing, face paint or jewelry, along with the music acts, she wrote.

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