La Festa del Arte 2019: BREAKTHROUGH

    LA FESTA DEL ARTE 2019 March 22, 2019 6-11pm Fremont Studios (155 North 35th St) TICKETS $150 through March 1st $175 beginning March 2nd Online tickets on sale FEB 1ST 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 […]

 
 

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LA FESTA DEL ARTE 2019

March 22, 2019
6-11pm
Fremont Studios (155 North 35th St)

TICKETS

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

Online tickets on sale FEB 1ST
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

Sponsorship Opportunities available now

 

BREAKTHROUGH

Break the ice: 6pm cocktails & community building

Break bread: 7pm dinner and performances by Arts Corps students and teaching artists

Breakthrough: Raise your paddle for youth, justice, and creativity

Break out: music, dancing, and dessert

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We’re gonna break through in 2019

As 2018 is winding down to a close, I want to take a moment to thank our donors and supporters that are part of the Arts Corps family. This year, we were able to reach more students in more places outside of Seattle than ever before. We worked with students and families in Burien, SeaTac, […]

As 2018 is winding down to a close, I want to take a moment to thank our donors and supporters that are part of the Arts Corps family. This year, we were able to reach more students in more places outside of Seattle than ever before. We worked with students and families in Burien, SeaTac, Kent, Renton, Tacoma, shoreline, and we were able to provide professional development for educators across North America.

It was also a big year for pop culture. We saw the rise, and still rising star of Cardi B, whom made one of the best albums of the year. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Drake and Meek Mill resolved their beef, and released an end of year song that “slaps.” Black Panther came out this year (he also died this year, but that’s temporary 🤞🏿). 

Most importantly, we saw young people step up and show us how to lead. From the students at Parkland, to the newly elected women to Congress, to Marley Diaz, the 13 year old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, and youngest member of Forbes 30 under 30 list, young people are revolutionizing the future. 

This makes me excited for 2019, and the work we will be doing at Arts Corps. Having finished the final year of the four year Highline Creative Schools Initiative, funded by the US DOE, we will be sharing our results very soon (spoiler alert: they are very good!). 2019 marks the five year anniversary of The Residency Program that we run in collaboration with MoPOP and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, so we are going to celebrate in style. We will also see the start of our new program Learning Immersive Technology (LIT), which is a partnership with Reel Grrls, where we are mentoring youth to not only become skilled in mixed media creation, but also provide concrete pathways to careers in digital media. Students will be working with the best mixed media teaching artists in the region, for half the week, and taking field trips to places like Microsoft, Amazon Music, Nintendo, Google, and more for the other half of the week. This is a new twist on STEM education, and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. 

Of course, we will continue running amazing arts based programs, with a race and social justice lens, that ignite the creative power of youth. We are going to break through in 2019, and we can only do it with supporters like you. 

There is still time to support Arts Corps in 2018. A one time gift of any size, or a monthly commitment of support, will help us to provide an even broader platform for youth in our region to express themselves creatively, have access to more immersive arts learning experiences, and for young people to have more opportunities to lead the transformation of our schools, neighborhoods, and beyond.

Click the Breakthrough image below to fuel more creative breakthroughs in 2019!

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We’re hiring: The Residency Program Manager

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY The Residency seeks to build a powerful community of young hip-hop artists equipped with the artistic and leadership skills, business acumen, and mentorship necessary to become professional artists and cultural change makers. Through their participation in The Residency, young artists from low-income families acquire tangible artistic and professional skills while also gaining […]

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ABOUT THE RESIDENCY

The Residency seeks to build a powerful community of young hip-hop artists equipped with the artistic and leadership skills, business acumen, and mentorship necessary to become professional artists and cultural change makers. Through their participation in The Residency, young artists from low-income families acquire tangible artistic and professional skills while also gaining confidence, teamwork, and a deepened understanding of their own identity and power.

This position will be responsible for program implementation, administration and management of The Residency. This will include: program development, staffing and supervision, administrative duties, fundraising and event planning, operations, partnerships, and outreach. Working closely with The Residency program director and other key staff with program partners Arts Corps, Macklemore LLC, and MoPOP, the program manager will ensure The Residency continues to grow its impact sustainably.

To see the full job description and to apply, DOWNLOAD THE JOB DESCRIPTION.

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I cannot divorce life from art

I am Shuyi Wang. My name comes from Chinese Classic of Poetry, “shu” which means pretty and “yi” which means “to be soft.” I came from Sichuan province, China. It is noted as the “Land of Abundance” and one of the major provinces full of beauties. Because of the high moisture, people from Sichuan have […]

I am Shuyi Wang. My name comes from Chinese Classic of Poetry, “shu” which means pretty and “yi” which means “to be soft.” I came from Sichuan province, China. It is noted as the “Land of Abundance” and one of the major provinces full of beauties. Because of the high moisture, people from Sichuan have good skin and we always eat spicy food to adapt the humid climate. It is a province that belongs to hot pot, panda and mahjong. Compared to other big provinces, Sichuan has a slower and comfortable pace of life. You can always see people sitting in the tea house, playing mahjong and chatting.shuyi

I studied in Mianyang Dongchen International School for nine years. It is a school with primary, middle and high school departments. Our school motto is “cultivating students to become modern men with Chinese soul and world view.” It is a school accompanying a lot of unforgettable memories for me. I experienced 5.12 earthquake in the primary school, met my role model teacher Liu who taught me to “let excellence become a habit” in middle school, and finally got in the Sino-American class to prepare for study abroad in high school.

This year, I went to join CIEE program to study abroad in Tokyo to continuous open up of new and great prospects to get intellectual evolution, and take a step further in my studies. I want to explore more in this intercultural world and I think education is the most effective way for us to access equity and diversity by connecting our eyesight and insight together, so now I am trying to apply for the graduate schools in the United Kingdom.

What drew me to Arts Corps is, of course, art. Both of my sister and I started to learn art related to painting, dancing, and playing the instrument since young. To us, art is our enlightenment in learning. However, in China, schools do not focus on art subjects, and starting from fifth grade, those subjects will be substituted by main subjects such as math. Thus, as a student who majors in Education, I want to advocate for arts education. I agree with the idea that art is important for children’s education and promotes the skills that children need like critical thinking and problem solving.

Because I also major in Communication, that is why I chose an educational organization with a communication intern, where I can apply both of my majors’ knowledge and develop my professional skills. I hope I can have a better understanding about how art influences youth in a positive way and learn more about Communication skills such as video and picture editing.

 

Shuyi will be with Arts Corps as the Communications Intern through June 2019. We’re so happy to have her on board!

 

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A Breakthrough

Every time I pick up the newspaper, and by newspaper, I mean my iPhone, I read about communities divided. I read about a nation divided. I read about a world divided. People being murdered because they aren’t white Christians. Armed forces sent to intimidate rather than help immigrants seeking solace in the US. An elected […]

Every time I pick up the newspaper, and by newspaper, I mean my iPhone, I read about communities divided. I read about a nation divided. I read about a world divided. People being murdered because they aren’t white Christians. Armed forces sent to intimidate rather than help immigrants seeking solace in the US. An elected official saying that african people were “scum of the earth,” and has sought to displace the indigenous people because “there is wealth underneath” the land.

All of this, and more, is happening daily, so what can a small arts organization in Seattle do to combat the reality we are all fearing, everyday? Do we accept it and charge through? Do we bow our heads, and hope it goes away? No we raise our heads, start working with others. We ask questions. We seek answers. We create change. We are Arts Corps.

Nothing will take the paint brush or the microphone out of our hands, if we are all holding on together. Arts Corps has three values: community, creativity, and equity. Those define how Arts Corps operates and move throughout the world. We work with our community and build bridges instead of walls.

This year, we were honored to be awarded the community partner of the year, from Teen Tix. They are a wonderful arts organization that is youth centered, and helps provide access to arts opportunities for those that have been denied those opportunities. This is a great deal of symbiosis with their New Guard program and our Youth Speaks program, and our missions are also closely aligned. I went to their gala with several members of the Arts Corps staff, and when Arts Corps received the Community Partner Award, we accepted the award together, as a community.

Community, ya heard?

Not long after the award ceremony, I flew to Montreal, Quebec to present at the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). UAEM’s annual North American conference is an opportunity to inspire, educate, skills-build and mobilize students from a variety of disciplines to become part of something bigger and act now on the access to medicines crisis at their universities. When I was first invited, I thought, “what, the hell?”

But, their wonderful ED, Merith Basey, convinced me that the attendees needed to connect with what we are doing at Arts Corps. She was right. During the opening speech, she spoke about the same issues that we speak about: equity, access, youth. How can they make drug pricing fair? How can more people have access to essential medicines? What can we do to raise awareness around the issues impacting low income, and mostly black and brown communities.

That’s where Arts Corps comes in. On a bleary Sunday morning, I led a workshop on how to use the many aspects of youth culture to create campaigns about inequitable drug pricing. Before my workshop began, I played an upbeat mix including A Tribe Called Quest, Chaka Khan, and Gilles Peterson. The participants looked warily at me but began moving in their seats. After a brief warmup, I introduced the tenets of youth culture, including the sounds, visuals, social media posts, clothes, and even tastes that drive our world. They were, then, tasked with creating calls to action using what they learned. The participants made memes featuring Drake and Spongebob. They remixed popular songs, replacing the lyrics with content about public health. They also made boomerang videos, music videos, and visual art, posting everything on social media, with the hashtag, #access2meds. Everyone left the workshop inspired and excited to make change.

Creativity on fleek.

Last week, I went to the New Executive Fund conference sponsored by George Soros Open Society Foundation. We are recipients of the New Executive Fund, which is for newish Executive Directors working in human rights. Arts Corps is one of a few arts organizations to be recipients, so I was excited to be with others doing social justice work, in different sectors. With people working in Syria, Malawi, India, Kenya, and throughout Europe, the conversations were varied. The strangest, and thereby wonderful, thing that stood out, was that everyone was excited about the work of Arts Corps. Using the arts to revolutionize education, support youth voice, and provide access to free arts classes can’t be dismissed. We are making an impact in the region, and we are broadening that impact to other parts of the continent. We don’t conform, we reform.

Equity. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Even though we read something new everyday that threatens our resolve, we must find ways to unite, to think creatively about issues, and work to support youth voice. Don’t let yourself be dismayed. You are not alone. Look up from your phone and computer and tell the person next to you, “I love you.” Shake the hands of a stranger. Breathe. Laugh. Cry. Shout. Paint. Act. Dance. Play.

Make Art Anyway.

Love,

James

Check out our newest Annual Report, and see what else Arts Corps has been doing.

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Job Announcement: LIT Program Manager

Title: Program Manager – Learning Immersive Tech Supervises: LIT Teaching Artists Responsible to: Director of Arts Integration Annual Contract/Stipend: $21,000 20 hours/week @ $22-24/hour (rate commensurate with experience) Temporary, Part-Time, Term limited through August 31, 2019. Arts Corps and Reel Grrls hope to continue this role, pending funding. Deadline to apply: EOD October 29, 2018 […]

Title: Program Manager – Learning Immersive Tech

Supervises: LIT Teaching Artists

Responsible to: Director of Arts Integration

Annual Contract/Stipend: $21,000

20 hours/week @ $22-24/hour (rate commensurate with experience)

Temporary, Part-Time, Term limited through August 31, 2019. Arts Corps and Reel Grrls hope to continue this role, pending funding.

Deadline to apply: EOD October 29, 2018

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Arts Corps and Reel Grrls Learning Immersive Technology (LIT) program addresses the need for low-income students of color in Seattle and South King County to gain equitable access to STEM fields through arts education. As district and state resources have ebbed due to budgetary cutbacks, arts experiences in the community and in K-12 schools have become increasingly limited or nonexistent. Arts Corps and Reel Grrls offer a viable and unique means of supplementing the current deficit of support for arts, tech, and computational learning through teaching artist-led workshops, as well as professional experiences and performance opportunities to support the skills acquisition of developing artists and technology innovators.

Using Arts Corps’ expertise in curriculum development for arts-based experiential learning, and Reel Grrls expertise in digital media creation, these two organizations are dedicated to developing creative habits of mind in young people and will play a major role in providing students with the skills needed and critical thinking required to successfully be working in 21st century careers. Both Arts Corps and Reel Grrls are committed to racial and gender equity and works to build capacity by recruiting and training students to be the next generation teaching artists, thus ensuring that our teaching teams reflect the identities of students.

 View the full job description here: LIT Program Manager JD

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