At the Sunset Community Festival today, I was reminded again of how art can transform lives. The Festival was founded 19 years ago by Dawn Stueckle, her husband Reverend Ron Stueckle, and their friend Reverend Delvin Mack, all co-founders of Sunset Youth Services, an amazing community center which provides case management, artistic programming, and a whole lotta love to in-risk youth around the city. Some kids bus over an hour to spend time there, and if you met anyone on staff, entered that space, or saw today’s performance, you would know why.
Food and vendors provided standard fare, but the biggest draw was celebrating what makes Sunset so vibrant. First, there were my peeps, reminding me of my own days in a classical Chinese dance troupe:
and dance (though maybe not quite as well ;-P):
But everything I love about young people was embodied in that performance. They even treated us to a (clean) rap battle. Who even knew there was such a thing?! They were a truly talented, fearless bunch, and I can’t wait to spend more time with them.