City High Students Will Throw a Pennington Street Block Party

April 3, 2012

City High School hosts the 4th annual Pennington Street Block Party on Friday, April 20. The event highlights youth creativity, learning, and community involvement.

Fun at last year's Pennington Street Block Party.

This free, family-friendly festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. along Pennington Street in the heart of Downtown Tucson.

The Block Party is an annual event that showcases, celebrates, & encourages youth involvement in our community. Exhibitors and performers include community organizations engaging young people in arts and service learning to make an impact on the world around them.

“We’re really excited for the community to see the type of projects the students are doing,” said Julie Richelson, City High’s outreach and development coordinator.

The Pennington Street Block Party will feature:

• Performances and workshops by Capoeira De Ouro, Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Flight School Acrobatics, Stories That Soar, and more.

• Live music from youth bands.

• Jumping castle and mathematical carnival games for children.

• Art installations including a variety of media: video, photography, and an on-site mural creation with Tucson Arts Brigade.

• Interactive booths by numerous community organizations – The Drawing Studio, Ironwood Tree Experience, and Non-Violence Legacy Projects are just a few highlights.

• Bike tune-up and bike craft area hosted by BICAS.

• Earth Day Alley including hands-on learning about urban gardening, cooking and water usage.

• Hands-on learning about urban gardening, cooking, & water usage in Earth Day Alley.

• On-site interviews for Your Family History project.

• Interactive cancer awareness art project initiated by City High School student Brianna Lark.

The Pennington Street Block Party is the regional launch for Global Youth Service Days, an international event established in 1988 that mobilizes millions of youth to positively impact their community. The Block Party is a showcase of what young people are doing locally – and it is also a perfect opportunity for youth to find out about other volunteer opportunities.

“We’re looking to bridge the gap between youth and the community at large,” Richelson said.

This year’s Block Party will happen on a Friday evening in conjunction with a Food Truck Round-up and is designed to be a fun and welcoming event for downtown employees.

The event is hosted by City High School, with generous support from corporate and community sponsors: Providence Service Corp., Zocalo Magazine, Brooklyn Pizza, Downtown Tucson Partnership, 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Volunteer Southern Arizona, and Dinnerware Artspace.

City High School is a small charter school with a focus on civic engagement located in Downtown Tucson in the historic Cele Peterson building on Pennington Street.

Volunteer Southern Arizona is the lead agency for GYSD in Southern Arizona, coordinating projects such as at the Marana Heritage Farm and the Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm on Saturday 4/21 and Sunday 4/22.