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Back in April, the transformative 2015 Youth Speaks Grand Slam showcased the best young poets from around the city and the top five poets were selected to be this year’s team. Now, after months of practice and writing, this squad will travel to Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Atlanta, Georgia to represent Seattle. Come witness the powerful pieces they will be bringing to Atlanta. There will be also be an open mic and dance party. Come celebrate the team’s BNV send off with Youth Speaks Seattle!




La Festa del Arte has been called the most inspiring event in the region, and you can be part of it! Join us as we address a critical opportunity gap in a region where race is the greatest determining factor in access to arts education. Help shape a new day for arts learning and be part of our work to develop students’ capacities for imagination, courage and persistence. Festa Parking & Directions.

When: Friday, March 20, 2015
, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: Showbox SoDo
Tickets: $125 (click to purchase tickets) – SOLD OUT
Patron – $1,500
Free parking for you & your guests
VIP table for 8
Recognition in program
Fan – $1,000
Recognition in program
Table for 8


6:00-7:00pm: CULTIVATE

Cocktails and Bakra Bata, featuring Women’s Steel Pan Project

7:00-8:30pm: INNOVATE

Dinner and performances by Arts Corps students and teaching artists

8:30-9:00pm: ACTIVATE

Raise your paddle for youth, justice and creativity

9:00pm-11:00am: CELEBRATE

Dancing with DJ Daps1


*Reserve your tickets here!

*Contact with any questions you may have.


Thanks to our generous event sponsors!
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Help us fund Massive Break Challenge!

Every dollar is matched–a gift of $10 or $20 makes a big difference!

Invest in Massive Break Challenge,
Seattle’s largest regional break dance battle for middle & high school youth!  This dynamic event is a partnership between Arts Corps, Northwest Folklife and Extraordinary Futures, a nonprofit affiliate of the Massive Monkees break dancing crew.

Massive Break Challenge supports over 70 youth from nearly 20 schools around Washington state to compete in mini-battles, leading up to the ultimate championship at the Bagley Wright Theater during the Folklife Festival on Saturday, May 23rd, from 3-5pm.  Hundreds of people show up every year to witness the B-Boy and B-Girl break dancing students participate in this high-energy competition as they build community and challenge each other’s skills in front of a live audience. Both the mini-battles and the main event are free of charge for performers and audience members.

By supporting the Massive Break Challenge you will help us cover the venues cost, feature performances, supplies and transportation for youths from across the city to be able to attend & compete in the event! Special thanks to Northwest Folklife for offering free performance space for Massive Break Challenge during the Folklife Festival!

Click here for more information.


Join us for our Race and Social Justice Learning Series

Arts Corps’ Race and Social Justice Learning Series, is a 3-part sequence of workshops, hosted by Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, intended to foster community conversation and shared understanding on different strands of oppression.  The series kicks off Wednesday, December 3rd with a viewing and discussion of the documentary Cracking the Codes by Shakti Butler.

Please RSVP for one or all sessions here.