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2010 - 2011 Youth Arts Awards

Arts Corps
More than 500 middle and high school teens will engage in after-school classes in performing arts, poetry, media and visual arts during fall, winter and spring terms, culminating in a public showcase.
Bridges to Understanding
Ten high school youth will research, photograph, write and create digital stories reflecting their spring 2011 service learning experiences in Guatemala.
Center for Wooden Boats
Haida Master carver Saaduuts will offer 36 Native-American youth hands-on experience of the art, music and culture of canoe carving. The students create a canoe from a 38-foot cedar log that will be contributed to the United Indians of All Tribes.
El Centro de la Raza
A youth committee of ten middle and high school students, guided by professional muralists, will organize community members and 15 other youth to revitalize the neighborhood through a summer mural art project.
Filipino Community of Seattle - Kultura Arts
Eighty youth from three southeast high schools will explore their Filipino identity and practice skills and collaboration through winter and summer workshops in photography, poetry and songwriting. The teens will create an exhibit with soundscape.
Gage Academy of Art
A year-round, Friday-night drop-in studio offers 800 teens art supplies, skills training and a chance to make art and socialize in a safe place. Teen art work is exhibited at Gage, The Vera Project and The 2100 building.
Girls Rock! Seattle
Third annual rock camp providing 80 teen girls lessons in instrumentation, lyric writing, performance and promotion, led by seasoned female rock musicians.
Maria Gitana
In a 12-week workshop, 16 teens will study the rhythms and techniques of flamenco, as well as the multi-cultural history and influence of this Spanish dance. Students will present their new skills to younger children in a culminating performance.
Hollow Earth Radio
Five artists will facilitate workshops for 15 middle school youth covering all aspects of field recording and simple editing techniques. Each student will make neighborhood field recordings and produce a radio segment to air on Hollow Earth Radio.
Intiman Theatre
Fifteen diverse Cleveland and Roosevelt High School students will write and rehearse an original play based on issues of The Scarlet Letter. Teens will also attend shows, visit museums, volunteer, receive skills training, and perform their own show for school and public audiences.
Jack Straw Foundation
Twenty teens with chronic and critical health needs will work with actors, radio and sound producers, musicians, dancers and audio engineers to create original audio art using accessible technology.
Northwest Film Forum
Through two-week intensive camps and individual workshops, 45 middle and high school students will work in teams with seasoned instructor-artists to learn all aspects of filmmaking and produce media pieces to be showcased at a NWFF festival.
Northwest Folklife
A year-long afterschool program offering West African music and dance instruction to 30 immigrant youth at the High Point Community Center, culminating in four public performances.
Andrew Peterson
Twenty South Shore Middle School youth will engage in a three-month, afterschool, hands-on robot design program, including basic concepts in electronics, engineering, and art. Finished pieces will be exhibited at the school.
Photographic Center Northwest
A fall-spring afterschool program offering 24 immigrant and refugee middle and high school youth fundamentals of photography, with emphasis on developing a creative eye, personal expression, and incorporating aspects of family and culture into photographic work.
Pongo Publishing
A year-long program of self-exploration through poetry for 196 youth in detention. Specially-trained artists help youth who are often victims of childhood trauma learn both writing and coping skills and develop self-esteem.
Red Eagle Soaring
A 10-week series of beginning, intermediate and advanced drama skills workshops and rehearsals for 20 Seattle urban American-Indian and Alaska Native youth, culminating in a free original performance staged for the public.
Reel Grrls
A diverse group of 120 teen girls will participate in afterschool and weekend programs in media arts production. Mentored by women filmmakers, the girls will develop final video projects to be publicly screened through festivals, broadcast and school presentations.
Richard Hugo House
Fifteen professional writers will offer 190 youth writing workshops in a wide range of literary forms. Teens will create and refine film scripts, poetry, novels, flash fiction and journalism pieces to be showcased in a series of readings.
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts
Seventeen youth will be introduced to or continue training in circus arts through a year-round track of training and rehearsals. As students develop skills, they create and perform original acts at events citywide and produce their own annual show.
Seattle Art Museum
Ongoing, free, art-based activities for 650 youth. Participants gain skills and express their ideas through hands-on art workshops with culminating displays, public discussions and public museum events for their peers.
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
Nineteen diverse youth with limited music experience will participate in a year-long series of afterschool instrumental music and jazz technique lessons and performances by local jazz scholars. The pilot program will close with youth performance opportunities.
The Service Board
A six-month program offering 50 diverse teens artist-led afterschool learning labs in music, multi-media production, performance and visual arts. Culminating projects range from music videos to photoblogs to a teen artist showcase, fostering self-discovery, creative expression, skill and community building.
Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center
Twenty teens will participate in a one-week spring or summer nature photography camp to learn basic digital camera operation, introductory art and composition and how to critically examine nature photgraphy and offer constructive feedback to their peers. Students will photograph nature subjects in Seward Park and other natural sites.
SouthEast Effective Development
Twenty southeast Seattle teens will research and fabricate an 8- to 10-foot ceramic mosaic illustrating the history of the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House on the rings of a tree. The mosaic will be unveiled at a community dedication.
Spectrum Dance Theater
Twenty youth will participate in an afterschool dance residency linking Zimbabwean history and dance tradition to current hip-hop choreography and spoken word stories. Students will perform with professional African and hip-hop dancers at the end of the project.
The Vera Project
Via year-round, out-of-school art workshops, internships and volunteer opportunities, 1,800 young people will gain skills and experience in music production, live sound engineering and studio recording, plus silkscreen printing and technical staging.
Tierra Madre Fund
Fifteen Native-American middle school teens will participate in a pilot program merging traditional Coastal Salish art forms with contemporary Native music and technology skills. Students will design and build a Native version of a popular arcade game where players dance on electronic footpads.
WAPI Community Services
Thirty youth will engage in afterschool curricula in either music or urban arts. Sessions such as music recording and emceeing, geometry, written expression, graffitti and media literacy emphasize hands-on learning, developing tangible products and developing positive life and career skills. Two showcases of teen work will culminate the project.
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation
Through hands-on art activities and workshops, mentorships, field trips, discussions and lectures, 61 youth will learn about their heritage and develop skills by planning and producing three musuem exhbits with related programs that address issues relevant to young Asian-Pacific Americans.
Young Shakespeare Workshop
A free, multi-year summer program for 40 new and returning youth offers 400 hours of instruction and rehearsal in the poetry and plays of William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega and Sor Juana Inez. Training includes language, expression, acting, voice and fencing. The program culminates in public performances in English and Spanish.