Kent Community Foundation to Bring Back ‘Kent Has Talent’ Spring 2024

The Kent Community Foundation is excited to announce that “Kent Has Talent” is coming back to Kent spring 2024! With a passion for the performing arts, Tonya Goodwillie of Allegro Performing Arts originally launched the local talent competition in 2011. The event had a successful two-year run. Leaders of the Kent Community Foundation assisted Goodwillie in relaunching the event in 2016, and the team is eager to bring it back to the community.

“We have so many talented performers in the Kent area, and we are excited to showcase them by bringing back Kent Has Talent,” said Lori Paxton, president of the Kent Community Foundation. “This fun event is also a fundraiser to support the foundation in providing other opportunities to celebrate the arts in Kent throughout the year.”

The talent competition will feature three age categories: youth (12 and under), teens (13 to 19) and adults (20+), and “talent” can be loosely interpreted to incorporate a wide range of talents (e.g., music, dance, magic, poetry, etc.) There will be cash prizes for the winner of each category and an overall prize, thanks to generous sponsors. Winners will also have the opportunity to perform at local events as representatives of “Kent Has Talent.”

Registration for “Kent Has Talent” will open on February 1, 2024 with preliminary qualification rounds being held on March 23 and 24 and the “Kent Has Talent” competition on May 23. Additional information about the event is available at KentCommunityFoundation.org.

“The time is right to bring this great event back to the community,” said Goodwillie. “It is a great opportunity for the foundation and other local businesses and organizations to support the performing arts.”

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brenda Farwell at 206-786-1546.