Northwest Folklife’s Sneak Peek of the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising

Over the past five years, Northwest Folklife has focused its work on building intentional cultural spaces for youth and families to share and celebrate the vitality of folk, ethnic and evolving arts through programs, such as the Seattle Children’s Festival, Our Big Neighborhood and our 2018 pilot program, the Próxima Generación Youth Residency. In 2019, we will dedicate a whole year of programming to youth-focused and youth-led cultural activities under the umbrella of our 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth RisingServing as a mentorship program, this program will connect youth with culture bearers of all ages to collaborate and share ideas thus building a stronger community. The passing down of traditions from culture bearers through intergenerational dialogue fosters growth and reach that is only possible when a community is able to nurture its roots. In partnership with regional youth organizations of the Northwest and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s Smithsonian Year of Music, this program will create a larger platform, both locally and nationally, to amplify these youth voices across our nation. As folk is “by the people, for the people,” this Cultural Focus and our year of events will be built “by and for youth.”

Mark your calendars for November 7th for the full program launch and announcement! For more information, contact Kelli Faryar – Executive Artistic Director at


Calling all YOUTH leaders, cultural advocates, musicians, and artists! Northwest Folklife is looking for young leaders (aged 13-18) who are interested in creating, developing and shaping the 2019 Northwest Folklife Cultural Focus year-round program: Youth Rising! Joining the Cultural Focus Committee will connect youth with culture bearers of all ages to collaborate and share ideas thus building a stronger community. This opportunity also connects youth with peers to build a collective team and a curated program for events such as the 48th annual Northwest Folklife Festival (May 24-27, 2019) while offering professional development and skills in event planning, community building, and promotion.

Beginning on November 14, youth and cultural leaders will meet throughout the year on every second Wednesday of the month from 5-7 PM. Our first meeting will take place at the at the Vera Project located in lower Queen Anne at the intersection of Republican & Warren St, click here for directions – locations will alternate to other arts organizations and community centers around the Seattle area. Snacks and transportation stipends will be provided.

For more information, contact Kelli Faryar at Northwest Folklife at or (206) 684-7014.

Join the Committee

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