Please Give a Big Arts Corps Welcome to Estevan Muñoz-Howard!

Dear Arts Corps Community, I am very excited to introduce Arts Corps’ new Development Director Estevan Muñoz-Howard. Estevan holds great expertise in community organizing, social justice philanthropy and arts advocacy, and shares his creative energy and warm smile with everyone he meets. I am certain that Estevan will have a great impact on the sustainability […]

Dear Arts Corps Community,

I am very excited to introduce Arts Corps’ new Development Director Estevan Muñoz-Howard. Estevan holds great expertise in community organizing, social justice philanthropy and arts advocacy, and shares his creative energy and warm smile with everyone he meets. I am certain that Estevan will have a great impact on the sustainability and growth of Arts Corps, and we could not feel more fortunate to have him on our team.
 
Best, 
Elizabeth

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Prior to joining the staff at Arts Corps, Estevan worked as Development Director with Social Justice Fund NW, a public foundation that makes grants to support community organizing projects throughout the region. He currently serves as president of the Washington Bus Education Fund and chair of Fair Elections Seattle, two organizations that work to increase representation and fight for equity in our political system. He also serves on the advisory board of Bailadores de Bronce, an arts organization that celebrates the rich history of Mexican culture and dance. He has previously served on the Seattle Arts Commission, and is excited to help grow Arts Corps’ capacity to provide quality arts education to all of Seattle’s young people. Estevan lives in South Seattle with his amazing wife, Elisha, and their two awesome kids, Aurelio and Benito.

 

A Message from Estevan: I’m really excited to join the staff at Arts Corps! I’ve been a big fan for several years and am eager to do what I can to help grow the Arts Corps community. Arts Corps works at the intersection of art and social justice–a powerful space that provides us with immense capacity to transform lives and communities. Just as the personal creation of art can be a profoundly liberating experience, so too is the process of cultivating a generation of people who have unlocked their own creative power. This is what I’m excited about, and what I hope to foster in my role on the development team.

 

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Taking a Moment to Recenter

A few weeks ago, Arts Corps’ staff members embarked on a short journey to the land of tall trees, rocky rivers, and tree houses! Away from the hustle and bustle of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, we were able to reconnect and recenter. We reflected on staff culture, social justice, hopes for the future, AND how […]

A few weeks ago, Arts Corps’ staff members embarked on a short journey to the land of tall trees, rocky rivers, and tree houses! Away from the hustle and bustle of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, we were able to reconnect and recenter. We reflected on staff culture, social justice, hopes for the future, AND how to take over the world with art (naturally).

Our Education Director, Tina LaPadula, captured some great moments during and after our solo reflection walk, which was organized by our Creative Schools Initiative Program Manager, Hillary Moore. The walk gave us a chance to think about where we are as an organization and where we want to go. Enjoy!

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From left to right: Elizabeth Whitford, Hillary Moore, Shelby Handler and Devon de Lena

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From left to right: Omana Imani, Eduardo Mendonca, April Heding, and Bernadette Scheller

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A special thank you to our supporters at Treehouse Point for letting us use their beautiful space!

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A Very Special Announcement

Please give a big Arts Corps welcome to Omana Imani!   Dear Arts Corps Community, I am very excited to introduce Arts Corps’ new Program Director, Omana Imani. Omana brings great expertise in youth development, social justice and program evaluation, as well as experience in growing a powerful program to scale. I have no doubt […]

Please give a big Arts Corps welcome to Omana Imani!

 

Dear Arts Corps Community,

I am very excited to introduce Arts Corps’ new Program Director, Omana Imani. Omana brings great expertise in youth development, social justice and program evaluation, as well as experience in growing a powerful program to scale. I have no doubt she will be another transformative figure at Arts Corps, and we are so grateful to have her on our team.

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Elizabeth

 

Omana is originally from the Bay Area and recently moved to Seattle. With over twenty years experience working in community non-profit services, she most recently served as the Deputy Director for Youth UpRising in East Oakland, CA. As the Deputy Director, Omana was responsible for managing the organization’s programs and staff, forging community partnerships, and helping to lead organizational operations overall. Prior to joining Youth Uprising in 2005, she was the Director for Underground Railroad, a community based organization dedicated to developing the political analysis and artistic skills of young people in the Bay Area.

A message from Omana: I am so excited to be working with Arts Corps! It’s an honor to be part of such a dedicated team of artists, community workers and partners striving to create possibility for young people. I look forward to working with the team to drive forward our goals of: increasing access to high quality arts classes to students who otherwise would not have it, developing young people’s skills and imagination, and providing safe and fun spaces for youth to create visions for their lives and the world. It is the visions of young people which have always given me so much hope for what is possible. – Omana

 

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CSI Artist-in-Service: Amy Pinon

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”  – Jules Combarieu I am a recent graduate of The Art Institute of Seattle with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Audio Design Technology. Which is a fancy way of saying that I’ve invested a lot of time learning about the technical applications of music and sound! […]

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”  – Jules Combarieu

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I am a recent graduate of The Art Institute of Seattle with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Audio Design Technology. Which is a fancy way of saying that I’ve invested a lot of time learning about the technical applications of music and sound! I am a vocalist, audio engineer, and educator. I write and perform acoustic music with my musical partner in crime, and together we form a band called I’m with Amy.

Toward the end of my time in college, I realized that I had a passion for education and I merged my love for audio with teaching by developing an audio curriculum for my Senior Portfolio. I have since taken an arts-integration approach to audio production – a personal commitment to addressing the lack of technical arts education available for young people and a nod to the opportunities I had before college to discover the world of audio production in the first place.

Our ability to learn new skills relies on the availability of programs and the support of experienced professionals to teach us. I realize I have had many teachers in my life that have gone out of their way to help me in some way. Be it a small action or a large undertaking, it is always a gesture I appreciate and would like to pay forward in my own endeavors. With a commitment to such investments in young people, we not only foster a positive creative environment, but also allow an up-and-coming generation to become more socially and civically responsible.

Music has always been the most powerful force in my life, and as such, I use it to express, create, and innovate everyday. My true passion in life is to help the next generation of aspiring young artists and engineers realize their potential through the creative processes of arts and music. I am humbled to serve as a Creative Schools Artist-in-Service at Madrona K-8 to highlight the importance of my art form in the school.

-AMY LP

 

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Inside the Storage Studio World Premiere

Do you ever wonder … How do teaching artists help unlock creativity in young people? What transformation does Arts Corps help make happen? What happens behind the scenes? Find out in Arts Corps new vlog series – Inside the Storage Studio. Teaching Artist & Arts Corps Faculty Development Manager Eduardo Mendonça introduces the Storage Studio. […]

Do you ever wonder …
How do teaching artists help unlock creativity in young people?
What transformation does Arts Corps help make happen?
What happens behind the scenes?

Find out in Arts Corps new vlog series – Inside the Storage Studio.

Teaching Artist & Arts Corps Faculty Development Manager Eduardo Mendonça introduces the Storage Studio.

 

Eduardo talks about how he helps young people unlock their creativity.

Stay tuned for more inspirational stories, insights and vlogs!

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Stepping Into My Power

This story was written by Henry Luke, Arts Corps alumni and Youth Speaks Seattle coordinator.  Youth Speaks Seattle became a program of Arts Corps in 2011. This article was originally published in Arts Corps’ latest magazine and annual report which can be found here.   In 2008, I walked into my first poetry slam. I had never […]

This story was written by Henry Luke, Arts Corps alumni and Youth Speaks Seattle coordinator.  Youth Speaks Seattle became a program of Arts Corps in 2011. This article was originally published in Arts Corps’ latest magazine and annual report which can be found here.  

In 2008, I walked into my first poetry slam. I had never been to any event featuring spoken word. When I heard the word poetry, I thought of dead white men like Shakespeare and Robert Frost. I never expected to enjoy poetry, let alone perform it.

Henry at the 2011 Grand Slam Finals. Photo by Kari Champoux

When I arrived, people were laughing, dancing, and freestyling. I wanted to know them! Itwas an atmosphere of spontaneous energy and emotion that I had never experienced before. At the time, very little felt sacred in my life, but when the poets began performing I felt a kind of reverence for the power of their words. The audience clapped and snapped their fingers, gasped and shouted, even cried. I was moved by the power of a poem to pull me into a story, make me feel so many emotions in a few minutes. I had never seen anyone declare themselves like that, to get onstage with nothing but their story and say “This is who I am! This is what I believe in!” I saw nothing ironic or self-conscious in their celebration of life and love. Each word was a piece of their truth.

My introduction to Youth Speaks Seattle coincided with a massive change in my worldview: I realized I was a part of many massive and unjust systems that disconnect and silence people I know and love. At the same time, I came to see myself as a fragment of something even larger, an interconnected universe filled with meaning and mystery. Poetry became the piece that tied everything together: when writing, I never had to compartmentalize the personal and the political. Performance gave a sensation of release, speaking my stories into existence made them that much more real.

At Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam (the national Youth Speaks gathering), I met poets from Philadelphia, Honolulu, San Francisco, New York, and Guam. I sat twenty feet from Bobby Seale as he spoke about the founding of the Black Panthers and compared it to the work Youth Speaks does today. I have realized spoken word is not just an art form. It is a movement. There are young people across the world speaking their truth and creating spaces where that is safe to do. We are storytellers of our generation.

Today when I hear the word poetry, I think of my friends, I think of myself. And my journey continues in my new position at Arts Corps as the Youth Speaks Seattle Coordinator.

I am honored to hold space for other young people across Seattle to express themselves and step into their power, whatever form that takes.

Youth Speaks Seattle’s 2012 Slam Series Info:
Feb 10, 7pm @ Harambee: 316 South 3rd St, Renton
 
Mar 2, 7pm @ Theater Off Jackson: 409 7th Ave South, Seattle
Stay Tuned for Details on the Wild Card Slam and Grand Slam Finals here!

 

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