From everyone at DNDA: THANK YOU!!

This past Friday was our annual Destination Delridge fundraiser party. This year’s theme was “Oh the places we’ll Grow!” where we explored and celebrated the integration of art, nature, and neighborhood growth within the Delridge community. And boy was it a success! We would like to extend a very big thank you to all of our amazing performers, speakers, and attendees, without whom none of what we do here at DNDA would be possible!

The night was highlighted by the opening words of talented MC, Carlynn Newhouse, whose youthful energy and rejuvenating enthusiasm kicked the night off with excitement!

Throughout the night we saw great sights and were joined by a high flier during the acrobatic performance by The Cabiri. Whose twists, spins, ravels, and unravels were enough to make our collective stomach’s jump! Her daring aerial silk performance was marvelous, and reminded us all of the success possible when you focus your strengths on an incredible task.

In the true essence of the theme of the night we witnessed the talented and courageous Jayza Duhan perform her positively profound opera production of “Climb Every Mountain.” Her spirit was contagious, bringing the audience to their feet and reminding all in attendance of the power of personal growth, and to not let inhibitions stop anyone from finding their dreams.

The night finally wrapped up with our shoes full of feet (and in some cases shoes kicked off of feet) steering us to the dance floor where we broke it down to hits and jams provided by Goody Bagg.

Thank you to all for the positive energy, support, and donations that inspire and allow DNDA to make the integration of art, nature, and community the ethos of the Delridge neighborhood.

And here’s the link to the photo booth shots from DIWAS Photography!

OH, the places we’ll Grow!!

Dan Bateson

Destination Delridge 2018

Save the date: Destination Delridge, Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Doors open at 6:00 pm @ Metropolist
2931 1st Ave S. Suite A, Seattle, WA 98134

Dear Friend of DNDA,

We invite you to be a part of our upcoming event, Destination Delridge: Oh, The Places We’ll Grow. Please join us as we celebrate DNDA’s continuing legacy of groundbreaking community work in ArtNature, and Neighborhood.

March 2, 2018 will be an exciting evening filled with fabulous food, drink, live entertainment, music, art and interactive games. Mingle and connect with 200+ attendees who share your passion for social justice and our community, as we gather to support DNDA’s Art, Nature, and Neighborhood programs. The evening’s venue, Metropolist in SoDo, incorporates urban elegance with turn of the century style and provides the perfect space. Most importantly, proceeds from the event directly benefit our community in Southwest Seattle. Today, our Let’s Talk Race SeriesWetlands Restoration & Stewardship ProjectYouth Programs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center7 Affordable Housing sites and DNDA’s Restoration Program, all showcase our vision for this community. Now more than ever, your involvement ensures that we can continue our vital programming, and our ongoing commitment to amplify the voices of all who live, work and play in Delridge.

For the past 20 years, DNDA has brought together neighbors, non-profits, businesses and local government to build community in Delridge and beyond.

Thank you for your support,

David Bestock

EcoArts Fusion – Spring Nature Camp

Fusion Spring Nature Camp
At Camp Long
5200 35th Ave. SW – 
Seattle, WA 98126

DNDA’S Nature Consortium’s EcoArts Fusion Spring Nature Camp explores the intersection of nature and the arts with youth ages 6 to 12 at the Seattle 68-acre urban camping ground, Camp Long. Each session of our program is designed to foster deep personal connections to nature and the place we live, using art.

Fusion Spring program is designed to teach visual art, crafts, rhythm, and creative movement while introducing the fundamentals.

Classes are designed to be fun and gentle with age-appropriate physical, emotional, and social skills as they explore Vocabulary, Visual art, Photography, Movement, and Music.

Our objectives are fun, creativity, inspiration, imagination, and self-expression. Mixing of all medium classes is a great way to launch an early love of learning in these disciplines.

Fusion Spring Day Camp Session: April 9th – 13th

Daily Schedule

9:00am – 9:30am Warm up activity (games and activities in classroom)
9:30am – 2:30pm Camp program includes walking field trips, typically spending much of the day outside

12:00pm – 12:20pm Lunch time
2:30pm – 3:00pm Closing activity and snack (sketch journals for a reflective time)

*Families provide a morning snack and a sack lunch. We provide an afternoon snack (fresh fruit, granola bars, etc.).

 Click here for a registration form. Application Deadline is March 23, 2018. Limited scholarships available for low-income youth.


Youngstown 100: a word from David Bestock

All nonprofits seem to ride some sort of roller coaster of ups and downs, and DNDA is no exception. When I became Youngstown Director 5 years ago, I stepped in at the bottom, ready to start us clicking our way towards greater heights.  Well, we’ve been clicking, baby!!

When I stepped in, I had one goal in mind:  Save Youngstown.  I had seen what the founders envisioned: A bustling arts center focused on supporting low-income youth of color, and encouraging youth to sing, shout, dance, rap, create and collaborate.  I could easily envision rentals that included primarily other service organizations, and burgeoning and professional arts groups. I could see the potential for a place for us all to learn from one another.  With artists living upstairs in affordable housing, collaborating with the orgs and activities downstairs, I could see a place buzzing with life, with art, with youth and creativity.  When I took the job 5 years ago, things were darkened from the economic downturn and quiet. So I rolled up my sleeves and exclaimed a resounding, “Yes!”

This amazing building turns 100 years old this year.  It is a center of community, a hub of arts and culture, a safe space for youth of color, queer youth, anyone, everyone.  It is my honor to carry the torch, if for no other reason than to keep the lights on.

At DNDA, we’ve been doing more than keeping the lights on.  Our programming is robust and diverse, and we are living the mission of DNDA here every day – integrating Art, Nature, and Neighborhood to build and sustain a dynamic Delridge.

Please come party with us on December 3rd.  If you know Youngstown, I’m guessing you love Youngstown.  And if you love Youngstown, I hope you will also join me in donating $100 to support the foundation (literally and figuratively) for the next 100 years. Every $100 brick counts towards sustaining this beautiful space so many call their home away from home.

Join us for the party of the century! And if you’re unable to, please consider donating a brick of $100 towards our goal.

I hope you will join me in celebrating all that this building is, has been, and will continue to be.

David Bestock
Executive Director
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association



DNDA‘s Nature Consortium and ReelGrrls Present ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

Arts in Social Justice encompasses a wide range of visual and performing art that aims to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change.

Art is used as a means to record history, shape culture, cultivate imagination, and harness individual and social transformation. It can generate awareness, and be a catalyst to engage community members to take action around any social issue. Social justice art consequently allows people to develop agency to interrupt and alter oppressive systemic patterns or individual behaviors.

The process by which people create and engage with art equips them with analytic tools to understand and challenge social injustices through social justice education (teaching for social justice), community building, and social activism/social movements.

Visual and performing social justice art includes: drawing, painting, sculpture, murals, graffiti, film, theater, music, dance, spoken word, etc. Examples of social justice art ranges from Woody Guthrie, who was well known for performing with a sticker on his guitar that read “This Machine Kills Fascists,” to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, street artist Banksy, author Harper Lee, famous for her novel on race: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” all the way to Beyoncé, who helped to take Feminism mainstream.

Arts in Social Justice is a one-day symposium exploring social justice artists, and observing history as well the future.

The event includes speakers specializing in film, literature, and visual art, who will share their work and discuss the importance of social justice art education, and answer questions from participants.

Join us March 9th and 10th! RSVP HERE


Meet the Speakers:

1. Joanna Tawfilis – World Renowned Artivist and Inspirational Speaker –is the Co-founder/Executive Director, of The Art Miles Mural Project and Art Miles Shoes of Hope, which has mobilized more than ½ million people from more than 125 countries to paint more than 4,000 murals. Over the past five years, Joanne has also assisted in the facilitation, painting and delivery of thousands of hand painted shoes to disarmed child soldiers, children in need, and victims of human and natural disasters across the globe.

Mrs. Tawfilis is a retired UN Executive (Director of Human Resource Management Services, United Nations Environment Program) and former Director of the Women of Srebrenica Project in the former Yugoslavia. She holds a MFA from L’Acadiana Art School and several certifications in Management and Crisis Counseling Intervention. Joanne’s work unifies people through the arts to promote collaboration, understanding, and respect on a global scale with the hope of generating sustainable educational programs and actions that prevent violence and promote peace.

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2. Elliat Graney-Saucke– documentary filmmaker & cultural researcher-blends cultural equity,  intergenerational knowledge exchange, and storytelling as a way to unveil values and assets of organizations and groups. Elliat has produced a body of over twenty short films and one completed feature documentary. Currently in production are two feature documentary films: Boys on the Inside and Art Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl. Since 2000 she has been directing and producing films through Contrast Vision Productions and currently teaches film with Northwest Film Forum, Reel Grrls, Coyote Central, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema. While based in Berlin, Germany from 2009-2015, Elliat gained a Masters Degree in World Heritage Studies and co-founded the trans-disciplinary conference Innovate Heritage: Conversations between Arts and Heritage.

Since returning to Seattle, Elliat has joined the steering committees of S.A.L.T. (Seattle Arts Leadership Team – Office of Arts and Culture), Next Generation National Arts Network (National Performance Network), and theWomen’s Working Group.

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3. afrose fatima ahmed – poet and performer – is a hybrid Texan-Washingtonian whose work is deeply rooted in the images present in the natural world and the sensations of the body. afrose has self-published four poetry chapbooks, most recently season’s grievings (February 2017) and is currently working on a full length collection entitled blood gold and honey(some of afrose’s favorite things), which takes the shape of a fictional tarot deck comprised of short poems. she holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Texas where she studied Urdu literature and translated the poetry of Makhdoom Mohiuddin, a prominent progressive activist in the time of British colonization. Her writing has been published in many journals, including Juked, Ink Node (forthcoming), the Seattle Review of Books, Pontoon Poetryamong others. She is a 2017 Jack Straw Writer.

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WE HAVE A DREAM! MLK Day of Service Community Workshop

On Saturday, January 14th, United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) will bring you “We Have a Dream” Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth Through Storytelling.

In King County, youth of color are being disproportionately referred to the juvenile justice system at a rate higher than their white peers. This disparity directly correlates to the deprivation of opportunities for youth of color and to socioeconomic inequality between whites and minorities.

King County has had a courageous response, implementing Peacemaking sentencing circles, working with Creative Justice, an arts-based restorative justice program, and developing Family Intervention and Restorative Services, a reception center for youth to “cool-off” and receive support as opposed to entering the system for charges related to family violence.

Even with the current strategies for impact, disparity is still present.

Through this workshop, DNDA and partners will steer a community conversation around restorative and alternative justice practices to raise awareness about racial inequity present in the conventional juvenile justice system. This event, supported by United Way of King County, will activate volunteers as partners to engage in storytelling, peacemaking circles, help foster emotional connections, and brainstorm realistic strategies for change. Snacks will be provided, open to the general public.

Guest Speakers

  • Judge Wesley Saint Clair – Chief Juvenile Judge, King County Superior Court
  • Saroeum Phoung – Peacemaking Circle Facilitator, CEO and Founder of PointOneNorth Consulting Consulting LLC
  • Jason Clark – Equity and Justice Advocate, King County Superior Court
  • Marcus Stubblefield – Systems Integration Coordinator, King County Youth Service

The event will take place at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106 from 1:00 – 4:00pm!

Please see the poster and flyer attached and share within your networks.

Check out the Facebook event here.