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Youth Residency Projects

In 2019, Northwest Folklife will dedicate a year of programming to youth-focused and youth-led cultural activities under the umbrella of our 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising. Serving as a mentorship program, this will connect youth with culture bearers of all ages to collaborate and share ideas thus building a stronger community. Leading into 2019, we will launch two Youth Residency Projects. Próxima Generación will return for a second year, bringing together Latinx youth to explore culture and identity through the arts. Northwest Folklife has partnered with The Rhapsody Project to present a new Youth Residency, Unbroken Circle. Facilitated by Seattle’s songster revivalists, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, students will study with a range of musicians, artists, and activists to develop a program of music and art that reflects the diversity and history of Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

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.

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.