Youth Empowerment through Arts and Heritage (Y.E.A.H.): Northwest Folklife Residency Programs for Young Artists

Northwest Folklife is proud to support the transmission of cultural arts, legacy, and heritage to the next generation by offering unique opportunities for young people to connect and engage through Próxima Generación and Unbroken Circle.

Unbroken Circle: Youth Residency Project brings together youth to express themselves through their craft. Youth will collaborate with local artists, activists, and culture bearers to learn about the deep artistic history of Seattle’s beloved Rainier Valley. Unbroken Circle will be facilitated by Seattle’s songster revivalists, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamon, and Teaching Artist, Tina Dietz.

Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project provides a space for Latinx-identifying youth to collaborate, share ideas, and explore artistic expression. Youth will work with local culture bearers, artists, and activists to envision a new future while amplifying and nurturing pride of heritage and community. Próxima Generación will be facilitated by Teaching Artist, Jake Prendez and Aurelio Valdez.