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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Youth funding program combines the arts with work-readiness skills to benefit over 80 youth

7/24/2013  3:00:00 AM

Youth funding program combines the arts with work-readiness skills to benefit over 80 youth

SEATTLE — Today the Office of Arts & Culture announced the funding recipients of a new program for youth in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) called Work Readiness Arts. The program will fund eight organizations providing out-of-school programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 14 to 18. The grant recipients are The Center for Wooden Boats, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (Youngstown Cultural Arts Center), Media Resources and Training Institute, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rubicon Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, Urban Impact and Unified Outreach. There were 24 applications to the program. The Office of Arts & Culture anticipates serving over 80 youth and creating nearly 20 jobs through the program.

"Investing in our youth is one of the most important things a city can do," said director Randy Engstrom. "These grant recipients demonstrate how our thriving arts community can benefit Seattle residents beyond their aesthetic and cultural value."

Selected projects will serve youth who have been recruited through the SYVPI program and will link arts learning in the areas of design, media arts, visual and public art, storytelling and traditional crafts with the development of interpersonal, leadership and 21st century skills to boost academic, vocational and workplace success. Projects start as early as August and continue through the end of 2013.

Students working with The Center for Wooden Boats will craft a traditional boat while developing technical proficiency in wood working, wood refinishing, group management and leadership, on-the-water skills, and employment skills training. In the Southwest, Unified Outreach will work with youth to take on roles of artists and arts administrators needed to produce an industry-level fashion show. Participants will learn set design, graphics, web, video, music, sound/lighting and more. And in the Southeast, Urban Impact will work with youth to develop skills in photography, dance, graphic design, and music production. Elements of each discipline will be incorporated into two events and youth will collaborate on marketing, advertising, and event planning as they showcase their art projects.

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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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