Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project

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Presented in conjunction with the 2019 Northwest Folklife’s Cultural Focus, Youth Rising, Northwest Folklife and Rainier Arts Center invite local youth artists (target ages 13-18) to participate in an in-depth artist residency. This project is aimed at building an intentional experience for Latinx identifying youth to envision a new future while amplifying and nurturing pride of heritage and community. Led by various culture bearers and established artists in the community, participants will be able to work on their craft while engaging with peers and working towards a collaborative vision and cumulative presentation.

Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project will provide a space for youth artists, activists and culture bearers to collaborate, share ideas, and explore artistic expression. The residency will expand upon a 6-month pilot program Northwest Folklife launched as part of the 2018 Cultural Focus, Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican American and Chicana/o Roots in the Northwest, last January and will include existing students to step into mentorship roles in 2019. In collaborating on a shared goal and direction for this project, participants will form a strong alliance and connection that allows space for self-expression and a powerful sharing of those expressions as one voice.

The Residency will culminate with presentations for two, accessible-for-all, no-admission events, with the final performance taking place at 48th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, May 24-27, 2019.

Time Commitment

The group will meet every other Wednesday from 4:00 – 6:30 PM at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (9414 Delridge Way SW). The next sessions will take place on:

January 9 & 23

February 6 & 20

March 6 & 20

April 3 & 17

May 1 & 15

*May 16 & 24-27 (Northwest Folklife Festival)

June 19

June 26

Each session will include group discussion lead by local cultural bearers and artists followed by studio time to devote to their individual artistic expressions. Supplies for art projects and snacks will be provided. A stipend for transportation available.

Project Period

January 2, 2019 – June 26, 2019

Join Próxima Generación

Próxima Generación es un proyecto de Residencia Juvenil que proporcionará un espacio para artistas jóvenes, activistas y portadores de cultura para colaborar, compartir ideas y explorar la expresión artística. La residencia ampliará un programa piloto de 6 meses que Northwest Folklife ha lanzado como parte del Enfoque Cultural 2018, “Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Méxicoamericano y Chicana/o Roots en el Noroeste”, en enero pasado e incluirá a los estudiantes existentes para ingresar a la tutoría en 2019.

Al colaborar en un objetivo y una dirección compartidos para este proyecto, los participantes formarán una fuerte alianza y conexión que les permitirá espacio para la autoexpresión y un poderoso intercambio de esas expresiones como una sola voz.
Así que si tienen o conocen a jóvenes que les interese participar, por favor ayúdennos a pasar la voz!

Project Manager: Jake Prendez

The Residency will work with our chosen Project Manager, Seattle-based artist and Cultural Focus Committee member, Jake Prendez. 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. 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 the 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. Learn more about Jake Prendez.

Assistant Teaching Artist: Aurelio Valdez

Aurelio Valdez is a Mexican-American Seattle born Hip Hop artist with a potent style. With a range of topics spanning from politics and history to identity and his upbringing, Aurelio’s music focuses on what it means to truly embody Hip Hop culture by empowering himself and his people. Influenced heavily from those who pioneered the culture such as Nas, 2pac, and KRS One, his alluring lyrics provoke thought and reveal his love for Hip-Hop culture with every track. As a nineteen-year-old self-taught writer and vocalist, Aurelio has performed at venues all over Seattle, including the Sky Church at MoPop and Northwest Folklife Festival. His debut EP “Aguila” has gained a lot of traction in the Seattle area. Alongside his artistry, he is an ongoing activist heavily involved as one of the youngest Board of Directors for arts corps, a nonprofit organization aimed to revolutionize arts education by igniting the creative power of young people through culturally engaging learning experiences located in West Seattle. Aurelio has also been involved with Amplifier, a nationwide organization dedicated to emphasizing social movements through art; he even had the amazing opportunity to lead March For Our Lives under Amplifier in Seattle. Aurelio is currently an undergrad student at Seattle Pacific University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Sociology. He’s also taken on the important task of being Social Justice Director and Intercultural Coordinator for the 2018-2019 school year.

For questions, please contact:

Jake Prendez

Teaching Artists/Project Manager

Francisca Garcia (para Espanol)

Rainier Arts Center

(206) 399-9094