We’re looking to hire a Creative Schools Program Manager

Arts Corps is looking to fill the role of Creative Schools Program Manager – Creative Schools Program Manager Job Description

Highline Public Schools is one of the highest poverty, most diverse and lowest performing school districts in its region. This district serves nearly 19,000 students, many of whom are students of color and/or from low-income families, including many different immigrant and refugee populations. Because of these factors, Arts Corps is especially seeking applicants who have experience in and a passion for working for racial and social justice. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to dd@artscorps.org and write “Creative Schools Program Manager” in the subject line. Position open until filled; applications received by February 15th will receive priority for review.


Save the Date: La Festa del Arte 2016!

Mark your calendar for March 18th, 2016 for La Festa del Arte–Arts Corps’ biggest party of the year! This gala event will feature dinner and drinks, an amazing raffle and a huge stage production starring youth and adult artists from Arts Corps’ programs.
What: La Festa del Arte
When: March 18th, 6pm
Where: Showbox SoDo (1700 1st Ave S, Seattle)
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You may recall that last year’s event sold out, with more than 400 people in attendance, and was our largest and most successful Festa in history. We’re working on making this year’s gala even bigger and better-it’s going to be a blast.

Formal invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks but you can purchase tickets and tables today via our website. Individual tickets cost $150 until March 1st, after which they go up to $175–a portion of which is tax-deductible.

Want to bring your whole crew? Be a Festa table captain! Table captains are asked to sponsor or recruit a table of up to 10 people. Full-table sponsorships are available for $1,500-1,750, or you can ask your guests to purchase their own tickets. Click here for more info.


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

Fan – $1,500
Recognition in program
Table for 10

Many thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible, including:
    • Amazon
    • Boeing
    • The Dreaming Tree
    • Mahlum Architects
    • PlayNetwork
    • Gigantic Planet
    • Olson Kundig Architects
    • Caffé Vita
    • M-Made
    • Se7en Design
    • Nyawela Consulting


2014-15 Annual Report


As the year comes to a close, we hope you’ll take a moment to check out our 2014-15 Annual Report: “Risk Takers, Makers and Culture Shakers,” which you may have received in the mail recently. In it, you’ll read 5 stories of the impact the arts have had on the lives of Hollis Wong-Wear, TJ Paaga, Lashaunycee O’Cain, Nemith Phum and Tien Vo. You’ll read about break dancers, teachers, poets and musicians–what motivates and inspires them, and why the arts are such a big part of their lives.

Photos by Stefanie Felix Photography

We hope you will be inspired by their stories, and consider the role the arts have played in your own life. You’ll also see links to our 2014-15 financial and program evaluation reports, an updated list of our teaching artists, and recognition of our donors from the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Thanks for being a part of the Arts Corps community! It is your support that makes our work possible.


With deep gratitude,


All of us at Arts Corps


PS: Help Arts Corps cultivate more powerful, creative experiences in 2016 by making a donation today. Your gift at any level makes a big difference.

A Time of Rebirth

My name is Christina Nguyen and I am the new Teen Leadership Program and Youth Speaks Seattle Coordinator. I am very humbled to be carrying on the legacy of the past mentors of Youth Speaks and upholding the generation from before and after.

Christina BNV AtlantaNow, you may be wondering who I am. I have been part of Youth Speaks Seattle for almost four years now. I have seen the program grow from a little seed – when we used to meet guerilla-style at local cafes planning slams to now establishing opportunities for a leadership and social justice institute. We’ve grown from a team of 4 interns to a squad of 15 youth from around the greater Seattle area (also known as Spokes!)

Let’s take a step back and focus our lens back to the beginning, of my journey of how I am related to Youth Speaks Seattle. The beginning of my enlightening journey started in my sophomore honors Language Arts class when two mentors from YSS, Henry Luke and Chelsea Staples, came in to do outreach for a local slam whilst curating a writing workshop. Now, I was one extremely shy youth back in the day but when it came to sharing, an emotional wave took over my mind to stand up and actually share a couple lines from my poem. I felt safe, for the first time in my life in that atmosphere. I felt heard and understood. By the end of the day, I had found my birth of flame that kindled inside of me – a burning desire to actually slam. I went home that day and spilled my toxic thoughts on paper- creating the newest and next three poems that allowed me to win the Harambee slam and get me through to perform at YSS Grand Slam in the later months.

After that experience, I was hooked. Some might say I might have been addicted – not to abusive substances but instead I craved the feeling to use words as healing, learning to question facts and opinions, and most importantly fell hard for one of the most accepting communities I had ever found in my life. I started searching more events to feed the hunger for sharing my words. That was when I found the weekly writing circles. From then on, I showed up weekly. My favorite memories were learning new techniques to approach poetry, cooking ramen/spaghetti in the little kitchen, and seeing the YSS family weekly after a hard week of school.

My love of the Youth Speaks Seattle community grew and bloomed to where I stand to this very day.

Where I stand right now, I am the bridge that connects the future youth coming into the program and the ones who left a legacy. I feel as if I’m the Avatar or Guardian by carrying on legacies I’ve witnessed and add more to the life and journey of YSS ahead until my term is up. Right now, I am thrilled to pave new ways to help deepen the meaning of Youth Speaks among new communities and in addition, I also can’t help but feel tinges of nervousness. But who hasn’t? We are all human.

We are always in the establishment of creating ourselves, enduring shape shifting contradictions, and transformation. In a need to always be thriving to be better and feeling like “never enough.” When really, instead, we should reflect and grow.

Essentially, who we are, why are we doing what we do. We should question our being. We go through life trying to understand how to better ourselves daily, and fear what the future holds. My mindset this year is to not fret and to have no fears. Just take one day at a time. Everyday is always an opportunity to shake it up.

I am highly looking forward to learning new knowledge and spreading knowledge among the people I will meet on this new quest I have ahead. Whilst sharing ways of positive risk-taking and providing tools to accept vulnerability and healing.

One of the philosophies I believe and want to uphold this year regarding art is a quote that goes “an artist is a child who survived.”  Since this will be the first year in revamping the program (incorporating music, movement, and spoken word), I want to assist people in “feeding” that young artist or help waken them in this time of rebirth. In addition, I want to bring to conversation that creating art causes humanity to become a more majestic place. To show that it is acceptable to have emotions and validating our feelings from the memories, moments, and experiences we endure daily. We are in dire need of becoming socially awake and holding spaces for communities to survive through these rough times. We need to do so by providing healing mechanisms and essentially share the many stories that we carry with us for these years to come.


Christina Nguyen, AmeriCorps Artist-in-Service: Teen Leadership Program and Youth Speaks Seattle Coordinator


Apply for the 2015-16 Teen Leadership Program!


Arts Corps x Youth Speaks Seattle x Totem Star 

Teen Leadership Program

Calling all Youth Poets&Dancers&Musicians&Artists! We’re looking for fierce young artists (aged 13-19) who want to create change through community organizing, performance events and artistry! This is a 9-month commitment to being a leader and organizer for the Arts Corps Teen Leadership Program. Internship is from October 14th – June 28th. Leaders will meet every Tuesday from 4-6pm.


  • $tipend: Leaders will receive a $40.00 monthly stipend!
  • Build a tight knit, loving community with 20 other youth artists and activists
  • Professional development and skills (promotion, event planning, public speaking & facilitation)
  • Artistry development in spoken word and music production
  • Learn about forms of oppression and how to fight against them using art and community
  • Good food and 60+ community service hours!

Applications Due: Wednesday, Sept. 30th

All internship details can be found on the Teen Leadership Application.

Apply online: tinyurl.com/artscorpsteen2016

Copies also available at Arts Corps office in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge SW, Suite 110 98106)

Meet Our CSI Highline Teaching Artists!

In the fall of 2015 Arts Corps will launch a three-year arts integration partnership at four Highline Public School elementary schools to foster long term, positive impact on student learning and development. The Creative Schools Initiative will provide high quality integrated arts experiences that elevate arts and literacy while promoting academic engagement and mindsets.

By embedding teaching artists at school sites, Arts Corps will support collaborative teaching, project-based curriculum and culturally relevant content and practices.

Read more about our CSI theatre artists Lauren Appel & Jéhan Òsanyìn, and visual artists Carina del Rosario & Nate Herth below.

Highline CSI Teaching Artist Bios


Arts Corps is Hiring a Program Assistant!

If you or someone you know is interested in working for one of Seattle’s most innovative and exciting arts organizations, please see below. We’re looking for a passionate and detail-oriented Program Assistant to help us track and manage our growing programs, and help provide creative learning opportunities to communities with the least access to arts education. Spread the word! The deadline to apply is 8/17.

Title:  Program Assistant

Reports to: Out of School Time (OST) Manager

Hours: 32 hours per week

Compensation: $15/hour with benefits

Job Description: The Program Assistant’s primary responsibilities are to process monthly payroll for teaching artist faculty, maintain master class schedule, develop partner contracts, vet database inquiries, prepare quarterly partner communications, assist with production of events and provide general administrative support to program staff.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain master class schedule is up-to-date in database
  • Enter all schedule and course information into database
  • Verify accuracy of database information on web site
  • Compile Teaching Artist (TA) payroll monthly
  • Draft hire letters for TA faculty
  • Draft partner contracts in collaboration with Program Director
  • Vet and document database inquiries
  • Update annual TA handbook and other documentation as needed
  • Draft quarterly partner communications in collaboration with Program Director
  • Conduct scheduling with program partners and TA’s as needed
  • Manage program equipment/materials inventory
  • Support evaluation efforts as needed
  • Assist with TA meeting and retreat preparation as needed
  • Assist with events as needed
  • Assist Program Director as needed
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, fine arts, public administration, business administration or related field
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Well-organized with good interpersonal skills
  • Passion for the arts
  • Passion for serving youth in need
  • Responsible, process oriented and detailed
  • Comfortable in multi-cultural social settings and diplomatic environments
  • A self-starter, yet able to work under supervision
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
  • Ability to manage last minute requests and changeable situations easily and calmly
  • Proficiency in word processing, database, Macintosh programs and platforms and spreadsheet skills (Excel)


Arts Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Eduardo Mendonca at: fdm@artscorps.org. Deadline for applications is 8/17/2015.

Call for Teaching Artists


Call for Teaching Artists 2015

Arts Corps is hiring part-time teaching artists for our 2015/2016 roster with experience facilitating music, dance, theatre, or visual arts for openings in elementary K-12 residencies and after school programs.

Arts Corps strives to offer equitable access to excellent arts education in partnership with public schools, community centers and youth serving organizations in Seattle and throughout King County.

We are seeking candidates that are exceptional creative role models with strong youth development skills and a commitment to social justice. Arts Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity.  Teaching artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please e-mail info and materials below to:  eduardo.mendonca@artscorps.org (and please designate TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION in the subject line) by Monday, August 24th.


Name:______________________________    Phone:___________________________


Email:________________  URL(website):_____________________________________


Mediums you teach:______________________________________________________


Communities you have worked in: ________________________________________


  • Teaching resume.
  • Personal teaching artist mission statement.
  • Class description. (of the course you would passionately like to teach for 8 weeks)
  • A sample curriculum or lesson plan.
  • References.


More info on Arts Corps, our programs and philosophy: www.artscorps.org

The Passing of a Beloved Teaching Artist

2014 Festa-127It is with a heavy heart that Arts Corps shares the tragic news of master dancer and teaching artist Abdoulaye Sylla, who passed suddenly of a heart attack on July 23rd while teaching a residency in California. Abdoulaye embodied music and light. He taught his students about empowerment, persistence, collaboration and joy. He inspired us all and we will forever miss his infectious laugh and his kind smile.

Arts Corps is supporting family-led efforts to bring Abdoulaye back to Guinea for an African burial. Please consider donating to this Go Fund Me campaign and please share this information for even greater reach.


Abdoulaye Sylla was a master dancer and drummer from Guinea, W. Africa, who delighted everyone with his energetic style and infectious smile. He grew up winning numerous dance competitions in and behalf of his country. Abdoulaye performed around the globe with Les Ballets Africains, Guinea’s national dance troupe that is considered the best traditional African performing group in the world, and with the award-winning Les Merveilles D’Afrique. He performed and taught traditional dance and percussion at hundreds of venues throughout Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

1907640_10152139527535098_3083577127732814220_nIn 1994 Abdoulaye relocated to Connecticut where he was co-owner/Artistic Director of One World Arts Exchange. While there he was an adjunct professor at Trinity College and a Master Teaching/Performing Artist with the CT Arts Commission, where he was an instructor in their Higher Order Thinking (HOT) schools program and their Cultural Tapestries school diversity program. He moved to Seattle in 2009 where he led performing groups Message From Guinea and African Connection and performed with numerous groups, including Juno award-winning Alpha Yaya Diallo, Maya Soleil, Adefua, and others. He was on the WASAC teaching artist roster, and worked with Arts Corps, Powerful Schools and Creative Advantage.

Abdoulaye, we will miss you greatly.

Poems from Spruce Street

dying light brighter than the sun

Poems from Vicky Edmonds’ poetry class at Spruce Street Residential Center.

My fears are people
Who laugh at me and my people
And hurt them,
Those people are what I call monsters Some died and others want to rise up And be the only hope for everyone
But I fear for my family
They are a beautiful garden that is dying I am the gardener
Healing my roots but death and sadness consumes them all
And I am the dying light
but I am brighter than the sun


Read more poems here:

dying light…Spruce Book 2014-15