Creative Youth

Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture invests in teaching artists, educators and organizations that are working toward a stronger more vibrant creative youth culture. We do this through funding programs, professional development, cultural partnerships, public education initiatives, and other opportunities. We also support arts and cultural learning and events for our city's young people. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. 

Arts Education

The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts education for each and every student in Seattle Public Schools. The Creative Advantage is made possible through a public-private partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation, and community arts partners.  

Visit the following sites for additional information on arts education and creative youth development resources:  

Creative Youth Program Opportunities

Arts Partner Professional Development

The Creative Advantage invests in teaching artists and educators through workshops that deepen qualities of practice and foster community. This includes an annual School Arts Partner Summer Institute, Teaching Artist Meet-Ups, and Professional Learning Workshops. Emerging to established teaching artists, teachers, administrators, and youth development workers are invited to participate in these trainings presented in partnership with Seattle Art Museum. To receive information on upcoming trainings, please sign up for the monthly Arts Education e-newsletter

Career Days for Teens and Young Adults

Career Days invite young people to discover and explore careers within Seattle's diverse creative sectors, including Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Film, and Music. These free-to-attend, one-day events provide young people ages 16 - 24 direct access to industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging conversations, and performances. 

Media Arts Skill Centers  

The Creative Advantage supports Seattle Public Schools Media Arts Skill Centers. The Skills Center is a pathway to creative industry jobs for 16-20 year old Seattle Public Schools students. The Seattle Skills Center's new Media Arts course offers creative, technical and professional training for students interested in pursuing a career in Media Arts. Visit Seattle Public Schools to learn more about more about Media Arts Skills Center Course offerings for students.

Creative Careers Cohort

The 2019 Creative Careers Cohort includes six organizations from The Creative Advantage roster, dedicated to arts education programming that supports career exploration in the arts and creative industries. This is a pilot funding initiative in support of existing programs that provide leadership development with teens in the Seattle area. Participants are part of a cohort designed to foster learning amongst peers in the field, and to inventory creative youth development best practices for career connected learning and 21st Century Skills acquisition.