Open Canvas Eco Mural Project

NewHolly Summer Youth Program Participants

DNDA’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) 2017 at Seattle Housing Authority’s NewHolly and High Point communities has been exciting and successful on many levels!

DNDA’S Nature Consortium provided both NewHolly and High Point resident youth a variety of different classes and activities throughout the summer.

Open Canvas Eco-Mural Project was one of  several very successfully programs.

NewHolly Community Builder Phillippia Goldsmith’s idea of connecting NewHolly youth with art, community, and employment this summer came to the attention of DNDA’S Nature Consortium in light of our SYP 2017 program.  DNDA hired NewHolly coordinator Keats Landis, and creative and talented DNDA teaching artists Hosanna Tecle and Ellyn Rivers, to lead the project forward.

A group of 7 NewHolly youth were selected by SHA’s community builder Phillippia Goldsmith, and youth counselor Ty Griffiths. Two mural sites were donated, by the owners of Café Red, and SHA’s NewHolly management office.

Teaching Artists Hosanna Tecle and Ellyn Rivers

The goal of the project was to support youth participation in the arts, build leadership skills through art, explore cultural figures, community, environment, history, and the Seattle landscape, and develop a unique visual vocabulary of images and colors. Youth researched murals in and around Seattle as well as creating designs with the support of our teaching artists.

Over the course of 7 weeks, the youth had to create a schedule to complete the project, as well as assist in coordinating meetings with Lisa Dressler, Yeggy Michael, Zenia Pakker (videographer) and their artist leaders.

The group met 2 or sometimes 3 times per week for 3 hours over the course of 6 weeks.

We at DNDA, our participating youth, and the NewHolly and Othello/MLK communities, are proud and excited about the paintings created by these talented youth. The participants learned the importance of maintaining their responsibilities toward a job every week, and committed themselves to the project as well as showing respect for their artistic guides and community leaders.

The short insightful video documentary by Zenia Pakker underscores the success of the project. Watch below!

Learn about Zenia Pakker

Open Canvas Eco Mural Project

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

EcoArts
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.

 

“Our Voices” Summer Music Program Recap

“Our Voices” Music Class at High Point and NewHolly – Summer 2017

This past summer, two very talented local hip hop artists came together to organize a 6-part curriculum for the youth of the High Point and New Holly neighborhoods: Our Voices Music Class. With a focus on the history of music and a goal of understanding hip-hop music of today, teaching artists Yohanna E. and Yirim Seck exposed their young learners to various art forms, and shared from their individual experiences as musicians, opening the door to the arts in a way that might not have been otherwise possible.

Throughout the course, students engaged in discussion, activities, and performance exercises centered on identifying their own unique stories. Each were given a notebook to record their verses and ideas along the way. At the end, Yohanna’s students went to visit a professional music studio in Tacoma, where they got a chance to produce a collaborative song. Listen below!

 

Our Voices Collaborative Song

We reached our goal!

Thank you, Community! Because of your generosity and support, we surpassed our goal of 100 donations of $100, coming in at 103.75%!! We are so grateful for your support, and are proud to have wrapped our centennial year in such a profound way. Thank you.

Our Historic Cooper School, a.k.a. Youngstown, turned 100 years old in 2017. Keeping true to its original purpose, the building – now Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (since 2006) – continues to be a place for youth education. Youngstown saw 45,000 visitors in 2016, bringing together youth and community members of all walks, and providing space for programming and projects around social and environmental justice, 3 floors of Affordable Housing, as well as special events.

Not only does Youngstown provide space in this way – it also houses 7 different non-profit organizations doing similar work. To name a few, The Service Board, SW Interagency Academy, Totem Star, Arts Corps, and Reel Grrls run programming at Youngstown and work in the community to develop the gifts of our youth, and provide direction for a career in the arts.

Thank you, again, for your outpouring of support. We feel empowered to know that our community shares a vision of expanding our work to serve the world through Art, Nature, and Neighborhood.

Learn more about us at www.DNDA.org and www.YoungstownArts.org.

Click here for photos from our centennial celebration, Youngstown 100.

With hope,

DNDA

 

Announcing the Delridge Neighborhoods Let’s Talk Race Series 2018!!

DNDA is proud to present 2018’s Let’s Talk Race Series. With sponsorship from the Department of Neighborhoods Community Partnerships Fund, and support from local partners and community advocates DNDA will engage the Delridge community in an 8 event Let’s Talk Race Series in 2018.

By serving individuals of various ethnic/cultural communities that make the Delridge corridor their home and by engaging the community through a foundation of critical dialogue, restorative justice practices and storytelling, we will help individuals develop a greater self-awareness to work on themselves, to heal wounds in the presence of community, and to see similarities and the common humanity present in those around them.

At the same time, these events will allow individuals to learn skills, practices and gain access to resources that will position them to ask difficult questions and re-imagine a community centered on understanding and the creation of a deep sense of belonging for those in Delridge.

Stay tuned for more information relevant to each event, and we hope to see you out in Delridge soon!


For questions about the series, please contact Project Specialist Nafasi Ferrell nafasi@dnda.org.

To find more information and updates on the series visit: www.dnda.org/raceseries

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

 

The Party of the Century


Youngstown 100 was definitely the party of the century!
Around 200 people came to celebrate the beautiful 100-year-old Historic Cooper School, now Youngstown Cultural Arts Center this past Sunday, December 3rd. It was a “back to school” experience for 20 Cooper Alumni, and a first-time visit for about 15 party-goers. All were excited to learn about this vibrant arts and cultural space committed to youth and the community, as well as the affordable housing provided for the individuals who do the work of uplifting Art in our world.

In the spotlight of Youngstown’s Thelma Dewitty Theatre were groups that regularly use Youngstown space for classes and events. The lively program began with a hallway parade of bells and scarves by Leslie Rosen’s belly dance students, Sirens of Serpentine. They were followed by young singer-songwriter and Totem Star artist Zoë Roberts, whose crystal clear vocals and acoustic guitar filled the theatre and our hearts. Grupo Candeias Seattle was a hit, with a performance combining youth and adults in a game of dance. One very young student confidently led the group in a chant, and the crowd cheered at amazingly-executed kicks and flips at the height of the presentation.

Headlining the historic event was Seattle’s own Kore Ionz, led by Daniel Pak. Their songs swept over the crowd with a sweet island breeze, wooing dancers to the center of the floor.DNDA Executive Director David Bestock shared a bit of the history of the beautiful building, and invited guests to join in with the organization’s platinum goal of 100 donations of $100. Thank you to all who joined us Sunday, and to those who’ve gotten us to 60% of our goal! Help make this centennial even more monumental by getting us to 100% by December 15th. Give online or by check payable to DNDA, mailed to the address below.

Thanks, again, for celebrating with us!

#Youngstown100
#ElevateYoungstown

Sincerely,
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association

4408 Delridge Way SW #109
Seattle, WA 98106
206-935-2999

Some photos from the event:

More photos here!

Introducing the Delridge Neighborhoods Let’s Talk Race Series 2018!

 

With sponsorship from the Department of Neighborhoods Community Partnerships Fund, and support from local partners and community advocates DNDA will engage the Delridge community in an 8 event Let’s Talk Race Series in 2018. By serving individuals of various ethnic/cultural communities that make the Delridge corridor their home and by engaging the community through a foundation of critical dialogue, restorative justice practices and storytelling, we will help individuals develop a greater self-awareness to work on themselves, to heal wounds in the presence of community, and to see similarities and the common humanity present in those around them. At the same time, these events will allow individuals to learn skills, practices and gain access to resources that will position them to ask difficult questions and re-imagine a community centered on understanding and the creation of a deep sense of belonging for those in Delridge.

To kick off promotion for the series, on November 11th and 18th DNDA in partnership with Reel Grrls and the Northwest Film Forum brought together young women from high schools around the community for a production and training workshop. Delridge residents were invited to answer interview questions about what race and community building means to them, sharing their life experiences, opinions and suggestions.

Students learned the basics of lighting, interview procedures, video editing and were able to begin to develop their portfolios as young cinematographers. We look forward to the development of this series and the impact it makes on uplifting and magnifying the talents and voices of our youth and the larger community.

Summer CampOuts at Camp Long Recap

Summer CampOut’s at Camp Long: In both July and August DNDA, along with program partners Camp Long and the National Wildlife Federation, ran two CampOut programs. The CampOut program provides families living in Affordable Housing the opportunity to spend the night in cabins at Camp Long in West Seattle and provides a weekend camping experience to these families who might not otherwise have this experience due to economic or cultural barriers. Over these two weekends, we served over 36 families and 190 individuals total with most people living at either High Point or, for the first time in this program’s seven year history, residents living in DNDA’s Affordable Housing properties.  Through this immersive nature connection program, participants experience the power of place making and gain a sense of belonging in the natural world around them and within a community of their peers.

As part of the program, youth learned about the natural world from Parks Naturalists, did art projects with DNDA’s Nature Consortium’s EcoArt Staff, played games, engaged in team building exercises and went rock climbing with Camp Long Challenge Course Staff! After dinner, families got to participate in a traditional campfire program complete with songs, marshmallow roasting and stories told by professional Native Storyteller, Roger Fernandes.

Both CampOuts were a huge success with many families really enjoying their experience with this program.

Nicholas Poccia

Community Connector

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

 

Youngstown 100

We’re having a birthday party! 

    Featuring:

  • Cooper Artists Art Sale and studio tours
  • A 3D time capsule
  • Interactive art for kids
  • Food, drink and birthday cake

Performances by local faves, including Seattle reggae band, Kore Ionz.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW | Seattle, WA | 98106

Free admission. Registration is encouraged.
All registrants will be entered to win Youngstown merchandise.

Help us reach our goal of 100 donations of $100 and celebrate the next 100 years of Youngstown!


Can’t make the party?
You can still help us reach our goal – donate now!

Want to learn more about Youngstown? Click HERE.