Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project

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Project Overview

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, all access, no admission necessary events. First, at the Rainier Arts Center on May 16, 2019, and secondly, at the 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 Rainier Arts Center located in Columbia City. 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

September 19, 2018 – June 26, 2019

Join us for our first gathering and open houses on Wednesday, September 19th and Wednesday, October 3rd at 4:30 PM at the Rainier Arts Center.


For questions, please contact:

Jake Prendez

Teaching Artists/Project Manager


Francisca Garcia (para Espanol)

Rainier Arts Center

(206) 399-9094

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.