Flint Water Festival celebrates its Save the Drama camp launch with help from Microsoft



FLINT, MI –  The Flint Water Festival celebrates the launch of its Save the Drama Camp with help from the tech giant Microsoft. Shy Averett, Community Program and Events manager at Microsoft, will continue filming her water-related efforts at the camp hosted by the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV) from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. on June 26, 2019.   After campers rehearse for the fourth annual Flint Water Festival, they will receive swag bags and a ton of water courtesy of Microsoft.

Save the Drama Camp is an art therapy program that encourages students to use the creative process of making theatrical art to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being at SBEV. Kay Smith, founder of the Flint Water Festival and graduate of Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater Institute, created the week-long program to inspire children affected by the water crisis.  This year, Save the Drama campers will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship for competing in Hamiltunes Flint. Hamiltunes is the officially licensed sing along to the soundtrack of the award-winning musical "Hamilton."  The campers will also promote water crisis awareness by competing for a $1,000 cash prize in Charity Lip Sync Battle at the Flint Water Festival.

Smith and Maryum Rasool, executive director of SBEV, share a similar vision to make an impact by securing resources to implement a new theater at its historic facility.  For information on how to become a part of this grassroots initiative please e-mail info@flintwaterfestival.com or info@sbev.org.  At SBEV, the mission is to cultivate leadership capacity. They firmly believe that investing in young people is the key to creating compelling and lasting change in the community. To both give youth a voice in their world and transform Flint into a just and equitable city, they nurture leadership skills and inspire students to be active, informed, and relentless agents for their success.

The Flint Water Festival is an annual charity event dedicated to raising funds and awareness to provide safe water for communities affected by the water crisis here and abroad. The festival gives the community free water and a platform for artistic expression to improve the residents’ social and emotional development, in order to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. The event takes place on July 4, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverbank Park in Flint’s downtown, cultural and college life districts.

RICH Kids, Inc. is a charitable organization established in Flint, MI that serves as the holding company for Save the Drama, Drippie the water mascot, and the Flint Water Festival which embodies the core tenets of its mission: Fitness, Arts, Tech, and Education. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes RICH Kids, Inc. as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to RICH Kids, Inc. are tax deductible in the U.S.