Residential Schools Reckoning
As DNDA progresses into our summer programming, we recognize the importance of taking a pause to acknowledge and bring to the forefront some ongoing news in order to grieve, question, and act together. This news is particularly relevant to us at DNDA as we have Indigenous and Coast Salish staff members, artists, and knowledge keepers within our immediate community.
Indigenous communities shook in horror last month upon the discovery of 215 human remains of Indigenous children found on the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC, Canada. We’ve quietly watched as an additional six residential schools were searched, and the number of children’s bodies found now lies at more than 1,500. There are still 497 residential schools yet to be searched.
DNDA collaborates with local creatives and organizers to develop projects that engage young and diverse communities. Many of these programs are held at DNDA's historic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, which houses an alternative high school, nonprofit offices, affordable room rental rates, and 36 affordable live-work spaces for artists of all disciplines.
DNDA also supports integrative art programming through the EcoArts Program and the Arts In Nature Festival.
DNDA is committed to restoring, preserving, and protecting our natural habitat by developing community stewards.
Our Urban Forest Restoration Program engages volunteers to work at 8 Seattle parks in West Seattle, and the Delridge Wetland Park expands local permaculture while providing a children's teaching garden for youth environmental science lessons.
DNDA provides affordable housing for local artists and low-income families at 7 properties in the Delridge corridor. All of our housing options are less expensive than for-profit buildings so that families with lower incomes can always live in Delridge.
Our 2018 Let's Talk Race Series challenged institutional racism and foster a culture of belonging and respect by connecting community organizations and individuals through film, dialogue, storytelling and restorative justice.