We are excited to introduce Jake Prendez as the Project Manager of Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project! Seattle-based artist Jake Prendez creates art with a specific focus on themes relating to Chicana/o culture, activism, social justice and pop culture. After pursuing his work in Los Angeles for the past 15 years, Jake has returned to Seattle to host Pop Up Mercado as well as host lectures and summer programs for youth interested in the arts. Most recently, he received the “People’s Choice” award at the 2017 Fiestas Patrias Art Exhibition at Seattle Center. He currently sits as a member of our 2018 Cultural Focus Committee.
“I am excited to be delving into the role of Project Manager for the 2018 Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project,” says Jake.
“I have dedicated close to 20 years of my life to the empowerment of youth in higher education and the arts. I know first hand the power of positive reinforcement and having an outlet to channel your dreams, visions and also angst. This program is driven by the youth and I am excited to see where their ideas, hard work and energy take us. While the program is youth driven, community support and interaction is going to be the key to giving them the proper tools in their development as our community stories tellers and culture bearers.”
As the Project Manager, Jake will coordinate artist sessions with youth and culture bearers and mentor youth artists in close collaboration with Northwest Folklife and Rainier Arts Center. With Jake’s leadership, the Youth Residency will create a space for participants to form a strong alliance and connection that fosters self-expression and a powerful sharing of those expressions as one voice.
We are currently seeking young artists (ages 13-17), to participate in this in-depth artist residency that is aimed to build an intentional experience for Mexican American and Chicana/o youth to envision a new future while amplifying and nurturing pride of heritage and community. Our enrollment period runs from December 8 through January 10. To enroll or get more information about the Youth Residency, please visit our website.
About Jake Prendez
Jake Prendez was raised in Seattle but returned to California after receiving his Bachelor’s in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington to work on his Master’s in Chicana/o Studies from CSU Northridge. His Master’s thesis was entitled The Art of Rebellion: Social Justice and Chicano Visual Arts.
Jake is a strong advocate for youth empowerment and the power of positive reinforcement. He grew up being told he didn’t matter. As a youth, he was placed in special education classes due to undiagnosed dyslexia. He became involved in gang culture as early as middle school. Thanks to positive role models later in life he began to turn things around and became heavily involved the Chicano Movement and student organizations like MEChA.
At 32, Instead of letting his disability hold him back, he decided to focus his energy and time on his gifts and talents and throw himself into painting and the art scene. Jake was a founding member and editor and chief of Puro Pedo Magazine, the Pop Up Mercado, The Barrio Boogie Collective, The Art Jam/Buen Pastor Mural Project as well as a founding member of the Chicana and Chicano Bar Association.
Jake Prendez is also a renowned visual artist, displaying his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He was selected in summer 2016 to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. In 2017 he was named to the Northwest Folklife Cultural Focus Committee. He also won the “People Choice” award at the 2017 Fiestas Patrias Art Exhibition at Seattle Center. His artwork mainly focuses on themes relating to Chicana/o culture, activism, social justice, as well as pop culture and satire. His artistic style ranges from indigenous influence, social realism, portraiture, tattoo/rockabilly esthetics, to colorful urban style art.
After living and working in Los Angeles for the past 15 years, Jake returned to Seattle and is hosting the Pop Up Mercado, lecturing around the country, leading workshops and summer programs for youth in the arts.