Arts Corps unlocks the creative power of youth through arts education and community collaboration so that all young people have the courage to imagine and freedom to create a just and vibrant future. Arts Corps places professional teaching artists at schools, community centers, low income housing, residential treatment centers and other youth-serving organizations throughout King County. Programs include after-school classes, in-school residencies, and workshops. Arts Corps also provides consultations, professional development and training for arts specialists, school professionals, teaching artists, youth development workers and other community members.
Interagency Southwest at Youngstown Cultural Art Center is a unique community which focuses on the arts. The school strives to empower youth to change negative patterns that have kept them from academic success by providing them with student centered, individualized instruction. Classes are small and focus on core competency in reading, writing, math, A.R.T., and American Academy online classes. Opportunities for students include: singing and guitar lessons, poetry writing, a music studio and DJing, and photography lessons. Southwest Youth and Family Services provides the school community with counseling (individual and family), support groups and case management.
Reel Grrls works to empower young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent, and influence through media production. Reel Grrls is the premier year-round media-training program for girls. At Reel Grrls, girls ages 9 – 21 learn production skills through hands-on workshops and classes taught by female media professionals and educators. Since 2001, over 1000 students have participated in Reel Grrls programs and Reel Grrls media have been honored in more than 90 film festivals globally.
The Service Board mentors teens to conquer personal and cultural challenges through public service and outdoor adventure. TSB turns kids on to their own abilities, teaches them to try crazy new things (making sandwiches for the homeless, riding a chair lift), and instills in them the love and understanding of 30 other people, experiencing common joys, jokes, and sadness. They connect kids to what counts in themselves and others. The Service Board instills in high school-age youth a deep sense of life purpose based on an ethic of public service and a conviction in their abilities to shape the future. Students leave tSB’s six-month program fired up to make a positive impact in their community.
Totem Star is a non-profit multimedia, mentorship, and social justice education organization based in Seattle. Since 2010 we have served over 135 youth through partnerships with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Twelfth Night Productions (TNP) is dedicated to building an inclusive, strong, artistically sound West Seattle community through the performing arts. The TNP ensemble provides a home for local artists to develop and practice their craft, an environment for students of all ages to learn about the performing arts, and a place for community members to participate in the arts in a variety of ways. Twelfth Night Productions provides a process-based performing arts experience to a variety of performers, students, and community members. This collaborative effort brings together artists and professional educators to enhance and support the community through the power of the arts.
West Seattle Tool Library provides free, community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and sustainable resources. Utilizing a diverse collection of over 1,500 tools, our membership has successfully grown entire community orchards, built mini-greenhouses, and even just mowed their own lawns. From basic tasks to brilliant innovations, the projects accomplished by the West Seattle Tool Library’s 780+ members have made all the tools in the collection proud to be working again.