La Festa del Arte 2018

    LA FESTA DEL ARTE 2018 March 16, 2018 6-11pm Fremont Studios (155 North 35th St) TICKETS $150 through March 1st $175 beginning March 2nd Purchase tickets online now Through email:  events@artscorps.org Or call: 206.722.5440 x107 Table – $1,750 Free parking for you & your guests VIP table for 10 Recognition in program    TOGETHER […]

 
 

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LA FESTA DEL ARTE 2018

March 16, 2018
6-11pm
Fremont Studios (155 North 35th St)

TICKETS

$150 through March 1st
$175 beginning March 2nd

Purchase tickets online now
Through email:  events@artscorps.org
Or call: 206.722.5440 x107

Table – $1,750
Free parking for you & your guests
VIP table for 10
Recognition in program 

 

TOGETHER WE RISE

6:00 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner and performances by Arts Corps students and teaching artists

8:30 Raise your paddle for youth, justice, and creativity

9:00 Music, dancing, and dessert. Music by DJ Taryn Rene Dorsey

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I’m still learning with Arts Corps everyday

Amy Piñon is currently the Media & Communications Manager at Arts Corps – but she started her career as a student 10 years ago… and now she is on the RISE as an artist and community leader. — I wouldn’t know who I am without Arts Corps – speaking not just as a former student, […]

Image taken at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Seattle.
Amy and Cham in the studio for Arts Corps’ All Access Music Production, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 2007

Amy Piñon is currently the Media & Communications Manager at Arts Corps – but she started her career as a student 10 years ago… and now she is on the RISE as an artist and community leader.

I wouldn’t know who I am without Arts Corps – speaking not just as a former student, but as a staff member, a teaching artist, and a person still growing into my fullest potential.

The first time I recorded my own song in a studio was here, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, when I was 16. I came to the studio to learn how to record my own music, and came away with even more – a newfound passion for audio engineering. The All Access program, which allowed high school students from around King County to come together to learn about music production was the official beginning of my arts career.

In fact, it was my only access to this kind of technical arts learning.  

It was not until years later when I was in college for audio engineering, thinking back on the initial experiences that led me to pursue audio, that I found out that All Access was an Arts Corps program, and that unfortunately All Access no longer existed. This was an important moment, because as I was struggling to find meaning in a white male dominated field, and navigating my options and prospects for succeeding in that world, I felt extremely stuck. Was audio production really the path for me? The answer was yes, of course, with a compromise. If I was going to finish school, I wasn’t going to follow the status quo. I didn’t see myself working in a studio; I saw myself… working with young people.

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Amy documenting Summer ALLI, 2017

I was inspired and DETERMINED, to use my audio education to develop my own youth audio curriculum, which, to the unexpected delight of the entire audio department, became my senior portfolio project.

I came (back) to Arts Corps shortly after graduating, as an AmeriCorps Artist-in-Service, working on the pilot Seattle Creative Schools Initiative at Madrona K-8. It was a tumultuous and eye-opening year of learning about how social inequities are perpetuated within the school system and what it means to be a teaching artist.

As my term approached its end, and I nervously considered what I could do next, I was offered a position on staff as Documentation Coordinator. And over the past three years, that has shaped into my role here today, as Media & Communications Manager.

My favorite part about my role here is capturing the stories of young people in the programs. Whether that’s through a photograph of a high-energy performance, or a video showing a students’ process and progress throughout the course of a program, there is nothing that connects me more to the work than connecting with the young people themselves.

The first photos I took for Arts Corps were terrible. I really had no idea what I was doing, just that I was really passionate about doing it. So my photos became better. The videos I’ve produced are pieces that I’m super proud of. As I gradually taught myself and practiced my media artistry, I have proven to myself that by fostering a growth mindset, I can learn anything I’m passionate about pursuing, and that’s exactly the mindset I embrace with the young people I work with.

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Amy Teaching live sound at The Vera Project with Rain City Rock Camp, 2015

Growing up at Arts Corps over the last four years, I’ve expanded my skills in audio engineering to other media industries and have accomplished so many other ventures in the creative world, which include producing and teaching an array of audio education programs for all ages, including Blanket Fort Films, Reel Grrls, RadioActive, Magnuson Park Radio, and The Vera Project, where I now serve as the Board President (aka Big Boss). I graduated from Teaching Artist Training Lab to solidify my curriculum development skills. I taught myself how to play the ukulele and then taught classes. I have continued to nurture my vocal sound and songwriting. I created the Womxn’s Creative Industries Meet Up which is a space for intergenerational resource-sharing between media makers, centered on young womxn of color.

As my path has taken many unexpected yet wonderful turns, there is no doubt that Arts Corps has been, and continues to be, the platform from which nearly all of my creative endeavors have originated. Arts Corps has not just been about accessing arts education, or any artistic skill in particular – it has been about building confidence in my leadership, gaining lifelong mentors, becoming part of a community, and realizing my creative power as a young person to adulthood – to come full circle as a student, teaching artist, staff member, and rising community leader.

And I’m still learning with Arts Corps everyday.

 

Amy Piñon (Amy Lp) is a multimedia artist and Media & Communications Manager at Arts Corps. You can catch her photos in many of Arts Corps’ publications, and her videos on Arts Corps’ Youtube channel.

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Youth Speaks Seattle 2018 Poetry Slam Series is happening.

  Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual poetry slam series to build community, showcase the next generation of Seattle’s poetic changemakers and to decide the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, the winners will travel to San Francisco, CA […]

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Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual poetry slam series to build community, showcase the next generation of Seattle’s poetic changemakers and to decide the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, the winners will travel to San Francisco, CA for BNV 2017.

*Must be 13-19 to slam

Interested in slamming? Read the rules and requirements: artscorps.org/slam

Save the Dates:

$5 Youth // $10 Adults (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Sign-Ups @ 6:00pm  // Slam Starts @ 6:30pm

Prelim #1 :: FRIDAY, November 17th, 2017 @ Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

Prelim #2 :: FRIDAY, December 8th, 2017 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW (West Seattle)

NEXT Prelim #3 :: FRIDAY, January 19th, 2018 @ Carco Theater, 1717 Maple Valley Hwy (Renton, near the Henry Moses waterpark)

Wild Card :: FRIDAY, February 16th, 2018 @ El Centro de La Raza – The Centilia Cultural Center at 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St (Beacon Hill)

Grand Slam :: TBD

For more info: slam@artscorps.org  | facebook.com/youthspeaks206

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Hunting for My Future: voices of youth at Spruce Street

The youth in Meredith Arena’s poetry class at Spruce Street produced a plethora of poetry last school year. Their collective words have been assembled into a book, which you can download and read below. Arts Corps has a long-standing partnership with Spruce Street Inn, which provides safe residential services for youth who are in crisis. […]

The youth in Meredith Arena’s poetry class at Spruce Street produced a plethora of poetry last school year. Their collective words have been assembled into a book, which you can download and read below.

Arts Corps has a long-standing partnership with Spruce Street Inn, which provides safe residential services for youth who are in crisis. This class was taught by Meredith Arena and supported by Ludin Mejia.

Here is a sampling of the voices in the book:

Yeah he’s black, but he’s my EQUAL
Yeah he’s Mexican, but we’re the SAME
Yeah he’s Asian, but we’re one TOGETHER
WE ARE EQUAL
-Rich

Personal Growth

With no one to aspire to
and no one to lean on,
I created my own path,
free of hatred and con.
A stretched out journey
with no simple short cuts.
I soon realized every experience is an opportunity for learning.

-Arcadia

 

Read the entire book:

Spruce Street Poetry Book 2016-2017

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Tina LaPadula Fellowship now open!

The Tina LaPadula Fellowship provides $2,000 to practicing Arts Corps Teaching Artists to support their teaching artist practice or creative work. This Fellowship was created to honor Tina for 15 years of work with Arts Corps as a teaching artist, and administratively as Faculty Director, Program Director, and Education Director. Tina is still working as […]

The Tina LaPadula Fellowship provides $2,000 to practicing Arts Corps Teaching Artists to support their teaching artist practice or creative work.

This Fellowship was created to honor Tina for 15 years of work with Arts Corps as a teaching artist, and administratively as Faculty Director, Program Director, and Education Director.

Tina is still working as an incredible artist, teaching artist, and arts education advocate in our community.

Click Tina’s Picture to go to the application!

Tina LaPadula, Arts Corps Education Director and Founding Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our inaugural Fellowship was awarded to Angel Alviar-Langley, who used the funds to fuel the second annual What’s Poppin Ladiez?! – a celebration of female poppers and women in hip hop. To see her project, check out the What’s Poppin Ladiez?! community.

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The Residency Showcase

  We invite you to join us for The Residency final performance, presented in partnership with Arts Corps, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and MoPOP. Hosted in MoPOP’s Sky Church, The Residency artists will take the stage to perform their original work produced during the three-week summer program. ABOUT THE RESIDENCY The Residency (formerly Hip-Hop Artist […]

 

We invite you to join us for The Residency final performance, presented in partnership with Arts Corps, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and MoPOP.

Hosted in MoPOP’s Sky Church, The Residency artists will take the stage to perform their original work produced during the three-week summer program.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
The Residency (formerly Hip-Hop Artist Residency) is a collaboration between Arts Corps, MoPOP (formerly EMP Museum), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis that debuted in the summer of 2015. The program engages up to 40 emerging youth hip-hop artists through two tracks: the Vocal Track, which fosters self-expression through lyricism, delivery, and rhyme structure, and the Production Track, which emphasizes media literacy, beat-making, and song construction. Participants from both tracks collaborate to produce original songs and feature their work at a culminating showcase at the end of the residency.

DATE AND TIME
August 18, 2017
6:30pm–8:00pm

VENUE
Sky Church
MoPOP
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

TICKET INFO
Free to the public + museum guests

 

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