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
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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

“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

 

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.

Recap: High Point vs. New Holly Community Soccer Tournament

Community Soccer Tournament – High Point vs. New Holly

DNDA’s Nature Consortium hosted this summer’s first soccer tournament during the Family Fun Fest between High Point vs. New Holly and it was a major success! The summer youth program, led by DNDA’S Nature Consortium and funded by Seattle Housing Authority, provides soccer opportunities for families and players to share a sport that is enjoyed around the world– and bringing our communities together on the Van Asselt field is always a pleasure and great fun for everyone!

New Holly and High Point teams were led by amazing coaches from each community, who created a positive and encouraging atmosphere for all kids involved, which was reflected in each game. We’re proud of all the boys and girls who participated in this year’s event, showing active listening skills, leadership, constructive communication, and most of all teamwork. Youth players perform better when they have people there to support them, so a BIG thank you to all the parents and family members that came to cheer on the players! Special thanks to Horn of Africa for the delicious and healthy food for everyone!

Great games, great weather, great food! See you all again soon!
Hosanna

 

Salmon Eco-Sculpture at Folklife!

Join Nature Consortium to make a giant salmon sculpture with recycled and various materials at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival! By creating this Salmon Eco-Sculpture together we will breathe life into old materials, connect nature and art, and think critically about sustainability and Eco-Arts. Through this project we are hoping to raise community engagement and public awareness about natural connection and environmental sustainability. The sculpture will be installed at Youngstown and be displayed in the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in August 2017. Learn more about Nature Consortium here!

 

Nature Consortium Salmon Eco-Sculpture
May 26 – 29 starting at 11:00am
Seattle Center: Discovery Zone
305 Harrison St – Seattle 98109