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SUBJECT: City invests more than $175,000 in youth arts training

5/29/2013  2:00:00 PM

City invests more than $175,000 in youth arts training
Dollars to fund more than 30 projects for middle- and high-school aged youth

SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Culture, through its Youth Arts funding program, will invest $176,715 in 32 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle- and high-school aged youth.

Projects vary across media and are located throughout Seattle neighborhoods. Yesler Rec-Tec will work with 18 youth to produce an archival work about Yesler Terrace neighborhood through digital photography and video sessions taught by five artists and scholars. There will be a public screening and exhibit following the production of their work. Jazz Night School will offer introductory and intermediate improvisational and ensemble jazz classes to 25 teen girls over the summer, to be followed by a public concert with the students and their Jazz Big Sisters. 826 Seattle will provide three artists to guide ten Spanish-speaking teens through essay, memoir and college essay writing, as well as audio production and photography. Laura Marshall, a theatre specialist, will encourage communications skill development for eight youth with Asperger's, autism or ADHD through theater games, scripting and improvisation.

An annual funding program, Youth Arts offers awards up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead trainings in all arts disciplines throughout the city, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts. It's estimated the 2013-2014 funded projects will engage more than 5,400 youth in about 18,300 hours of arts training from September 2013 to September 2014. The average award is $5,522.

For a complete list of funded organizations and artists, visit the Youth Arts web page at:

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work.
We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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