Announcing The Residency

Arts Corps, MoPOP and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are collaborating to host year 3 of The Residency (formerly known as  Hip Hop Artist Residency) from July 31- August 23, 2017.  The Residency breaks down the barriers of access to equitable arts experiences for underserved youth, ages 16-19, in the Seattle region in order to build […]

hhar-pinon-102Arts Corps, MoPOP and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are collaborating to host year 3 of The Residency (formerly known as  Hip Hop Artist Residency) from July 31- August 23, 2017.  The Residency breaks down the barriers of access to equitable arts experiences for underserved youth, ages 16-19, in the Seattle region in order to build their skills in collaboration, self-expression, technical acumen, leadership identity, and confidence as cultural change-makers. The intensive program will serve 40-45 emerging artists through two tracks over three weeks.  Each track will be led by two teaching artists and a youth intern serving 15-20 youth. 

hhar-pinon-255The Vocal Track will  foster self-expression through lyricism, rhyme structure, and delivery and the Production Track will emphasize media literacy, beat-making, and song construction. Participants will feature their work at the culminating event taking place at MoPOP’s SkyChurch.  The final three days of the summer intensive will focus on music industry business training and program evaluation with participants.  In the fall,  youth will participate in four monthly 3-hour cyphers, from September through December, as a way to advance their collaborative learning, workshop ideas with their cohort artists, and sustain the sense of shared community and motivation gained through the summer intensive. 

To apply to the program, go to the link below:

APPLY HERE

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Youth leaders: apply to be on our Board of Directors!

Youth of Seattle! Are you incredible? …YES! Do you have incredible leadership skills, a passion for the arts, and a vision for your community’s future? …Obviously! Apply to be on the Arts Corps Board of Directors! We are seeking youth members for the Board! We need you to keep us honest, visionary, & make sure […]

2016-alli-pinon-005Youth of Seattle! Are you incredible? …YES!

Do you have incredible leadership skills, a passion for the arts, and a vision for your community’s future? …Obviously!

Apply to be on the Arts Corps Board of Directors! We are seeking youth members for the Board!

We need you to keep us honest, visionary, & make sure all we do is dope as shit.

View the application for more information!

Arts Corps is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to battling racial and social injustice through the arts and providing free programming for K-12 students in King County. We have an incredible opportunity for 2 young leaders to join our Board of Directors.

The Arts Corps Board directs all the youth programming we offer, builds our vision for social justice and social change, and ensures that the entire organization listens to the communities and youth we serve. The board’s responsibilities range from revolutionary strategy to the nuts-and- bolts of running an organization (budgeting and management).

As a member of the Board, you will have the chance to connect with local artists and activists, gain visibility in the community, and help shape this beloved organization. You will speak for yourself and your peers, and ensure that all the work we do is directed to liberating and invigorating the young leaders of today. You will have mentorship opportunities from fellow board members to grow your leadership skills, and to mentor other young folks in organizing. In addition, you will collect powerful experience for your education, work, and life.

Apply online here!

Apply online above or print the application and mail to Arts Corps, 4408 Delridge Way SW Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98106

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Arts Corps and Youth Speaks Seattle is HIRING!

We are both sad and grateful to honor the 2-year service of Youth Speaks Seattle coordinator Christina Nguyen as she transitions out of her role this summer. Christina will forever be a member of the YSS fam and will be stepping into new roles. We celebrate her amazing leadership and are beginning to plan for the […]

We are both sad and grateful to honor the 2-year service of Youth Speaks Seattle coordinator Christina Nguyen as she transitions out of her role this summer. Christina will forever be a member of the YSS fam and will be stepping into new roles. We celebrate her amazing leadership and are beginning to plan for the coming year:

Arts Corps and Youth Speaks Seattle is HIRING! We are seeking an AmeriCorps Artist-in-Service Youth Speaks Seattle Coordinator for 2017-18. 

Want to collaborate with the dopest youth artist leaders (aka the SPOKES) in this town?

Want to coordinate the epic Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slams, open mics and writing circles?

Want to develop job skills as a teaching artist and arts administrator? 

…And so much more! Consider applying to be the next AmeriCorps Artist-in-Service Youth Speaks Seattle Coordinator at Arts Corps!

View the job description here for details.

How to apply:

Must complete online AmeriCorps Application and two complete reference checks: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=55951&fromSearch=true

Please send resume and cover letter to mail to pd@artscorps.org.

Applications turned in before July 12th will be prioritized.

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#RethinkHighschool

#RethinkHighschool: Youth Speaks Seattle and Brave New Voices Poetry Town Hall Youth Speaks Seattle and Arts Corps are partnering with XQ and Youth Speaks National to put on this event #RethinkHighschool, one of a series of events happening around the country We aim to: Share stories and perspectives from different people’s high school experiences Address […]

#RethinkHighschool: Youth Speaks Seattle and Brave New Voices Poetry Town Hall

Youth Speaks Seattle and Arts Corps are partnering with XQ and Youth Speaks National to put on this event #RethinkHighschool, one of a series of events happening around the country

We aim to:

  • Share stories and perspectives from different people’s high school experiences
  • Address issues that people face in Seattle’s education system
  • Begin the conversation on how we want our education to look

Spokes youth will be hosting the event, featuring a panel of community members, performances from local youth poets, three youth lead workshops and FREE FOOD!

Sunday, June 4, 6:30-8:30pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW)

#RethinkHighschool poster

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2017 Arts Liberation and Leadership Institute (ALLI) application is LIVE!

    The Arts Liberation and Leadership Institute (ALLI) is a one-week intensive summer program where 20 youth are trained in artistry, social justice and organizing. Youth leaders develop as cultural workers in three arts pathways: spoken word poetry, music and mural making. This cohort of youth hones their arts and organizing skills, while deepening […]

 

 

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The Arts Liberation and Leadership Institute (ALLI) is a one-week intensive summer program where 20 youth are trained in artistry, social justice and organizing. Youth leaders develop as cultural workers in three arts pathways: spoken word poetry, music and mural making. This cohort of youth hones their arts and organizing skills, while deepening their understandings of race and social justice issues. They collaborate, build community and create art that challenges oppression and envisions a more just world.

ALLI 2017 will happen from July 3rd to July 7th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Interested in being apart of the magic?

For more information, view & download the 2017 Summer ALLI Application

Or apply online at tinyurl.com/SummerALLI2017.

Due May 29th – apply now!

 

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“Leave your pretensions at home, practice making a fist.”

On March 17th, we had our annual benefit at Arts Corps, La Festa del Arte. It was my first gala as the new Executive Director and I was blown away by the talent of the young people, the devotion of the staff, and the passion of all those that attended. The title of this piece […]

On March 17th, we had our annual benefit at Arts Corps, La Festa del Arte. It was my first gala as the new Executive Director and I was blown away by the talent of the young people, the devotion of the staff, and the passion of all those that attended. The title of this piece is a quote from Azura Tyabji’s poem about living in a world of complacency where solidarity is merely symbolic, but that that is not enough. As I watched Festa, I came to understand the importance of her poem.

Hollis Wong-Wear, an alum of Arts Corps’ Youth Speaks Seattle program, energetically opened the event as our host, captivating an audience of over 400 people. The first group that performed were 6-9 year-old dancers in motley attire. Petra, the teaching artist that led that group, told me that days before the young performers were too scared to get onstage in front of a large audience. Petra asked them what would make them feel comfortable.

“A rainbow tutu.”

“My dad’s baseball cap.”

“A cool shirt!”

Petra spent the next few days collecting, creating, and purchasing those items. When we saw those very young students dance in multi-colored outfits, feeling confident and proud, and comfortable in their own skin, I see that power of the arts. 

After watching the teen break dancers, I was told the story of a young man who was suicidal and depressed until he found an outlet in Jerome’s breakdance class. That young man was dancing with a smile on his face, excited to present his hard work to a large audience. An audience that featured his proud mother clapping along to the music.

I see how the arts helped another young man write a song about love and loss and sing, vulnerably, to a crowd of brand new fans.

I see a young woman standing on stage telling an audience of strangers about how the arts saved her life.

I think about how Hollis, the evening’s host, has launched a professional, full-time career in the arts, after working with our Youth Speaks Seattle program.

The same Youth Speaks program I was lucky enough to view this past Friday, at Town Hall. Once again, I was blown away by the lyricism of the young poets and the enthusiasm of the crowd. People from all parts of Seattle filled the seats to celebrate the power of youth voice. We heard poems that touched our hearts and poems that made us jump out of our seats. We heard poems about struggle and poems about victory. We heard poems that told us of a world of inequity and a world where oppression is no more. We heard poems about us, about people, about humanity.

It was beautiful.

At a time when funding for the arts are on track to being obliterated, it is important to see and hear young people expressing themselves through poetry. It is important to sit with other audience members, snapping our fingers, and clapping our hands at a public display of art. It is important for us to come together to show our support for art and artists in our community.

It was important for us to #witnessthelitness2017

While sitting at Grand Slam, another line from Azura’s poem at Festa hits me: “Think of how you pulled the nine-inch knife out six inches, stared at the wound, and called the bleeding progress.”

After she said it, I heard a collective sigh acknowledging how the point hit home. As always, we must look to the youth because they aren’t afraid to stand up for their beliefs. She helped remind me that we need to step forward and dedicate ourselves to equity for ALL.  Yet, the fight has just begun. We need to make a change. We need to keep coming together, not just to resist a dismantling of the arts, but to show policymakers how much we need the arts. To show that the arts change lives. To show that the arts can change the world.

 We need to punch through the barriers of inequity because

 

“We are all the fist.”

 

Practice making a fist

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