Mayor Chris Beutler and the Mayor's Club at Lincoln Southeast High School today unveiled plans for the Haymarket Youth Festival starting at 6 p.m. Friday, October 6 in Gallery Alley. The event, organized completely by students, will feature artwork from students at many of Lincoln's high schools as well as local bands, photo and henna booths and ice cream.
"It's very exciting to see our young people embrace the arts and the Historic Haymarket by creating their very own festival," Mayor Beutler said. "They are a setting a great example of civic pride for everyone in Lincoln, and I want to thank them for their hard work and their love for our great City."
The Mayor's Club was created two years ago by Southeast High student Hannah Cass, who wanted to encourage her peers to find their passion and get involved in their community. She approached the school administration and City officials about forming the Mayor's Club. The Club plans a project each year to highlight the community and raise awareness about issues important to young people.
"When you walk through the Haymarket, you see students taking pictures of the mural and other artwork in the alley," said Cass. "We want to celebrate this creative area in our City and promote youth achievement in art -- both visual and performing."
Cass received financial support for the event from Southeast High School and the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools through a new award meant to inspire community service.
"As the first recipient of the Pay It Forward Service Project Award, Hannah has done an amazing job following through on her vision to create the Haymarket Youth Festival," said Southeast Principal Brent Toalson. "Hannah's project is a great example of how service learning can improve our community and inspire others to 'pay it forward' through acts of service. We are very proud of Hannah and all that she has done to showcase our youth and their talents through her service project."
More information about Friday's event can be found at haymarketyouthfestival.org.