Youth + Family Programs

Northwest Folklife’s Youth and Family initiative, Our Big Neighborhood, is a year round program providing opportunities that share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. This multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational program fosters the exchange of traditional and evolving cultures between people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds with the hope to promote greater social understanding. Including the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Seattle Children’s Festival, Our Big Neighborhood offers families of all ages the chance to learn about Northwest communities through a variety of education, presentational and hands-on programs. It aims to develop young minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. Through inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange, we hope to promote greater social understanding.

Our Big Neighborhood invites families to explore cultures and participate in a variety of art forms through multiple learning opportunities with no financial barrier. ‘Folklife Presents’ workshops such as Discovery Days in partnership with Seattle Children’s Museum bridge our two anchor productions: the Northwest Folklife Festival’s Discovery Zone and community-curated showcases together with the Seattle Children’s FestivaMusic Center of the Northwestl. Offering up our unique capacity for multi-cultural programs, Northwest Folklife partners with local community organizations such as 206 Zulu, Arts Corps, Book-It Repertory Theater, Center for Wooden Boats, Creative Advantage, Foundation for International Understanding through Students, Gage Academy of Art, King County Library, MOHAI, Music Center of the Northwest, Northwest African American Museum, PCC, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Tilth, Somali Youth & Family Club, Sunshine Music Together, Technology Access Foundation and Youth Theater Northwest.


Our Big Neighborhood
offers families of all ages many opportunities to learn about the Northwest community of communities and their cultures through a variety of education, presentational and hands-on programs through these programs: