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

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.

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

ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

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.

Find more at: www.artmiles.org

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.

Find more at: elliat-creative.com  boysontheinside.com  contrastvisionproductions.com

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.

Find more at: afrosefatimaahmed.com

You’re Invited: Destination Delridge 2017

Dear Friend of DNDA, Youngstown, and Nature Consortium,

We invite you to be a part of our upcoming event, Destination Delridge.  Please join us as we celebrate DNDA’s continuing legacy of groundbreaking community work in Delridge and beyond.

February 24, 2017 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, Youngstown, and the addition of Nature Consortium as a DNDA program.  The evening’s venue, Metropolist in SoDo, incorporates urban elegance with turn of the century industrial style, and provides the perfect space.  Most importantly, proceeds from the event directly benefit the community that DNDA serves through affordable housing, arts and culture, preservation of green space, food justice, and education.  Now more than ever, your involvement and investment 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. Together, we have built and preserved affordable housing, designed and developed a trail along Longfellow Creek, and brought a new library to the community. Today, our Cultural Events Series, Wetlands Restoration & Stewardship Project, Youth Programs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, seven Affordable Housing sites and Nature Consortium’s Restoration work all showcase our vision for this community and the incredible potential that exists in Southwest Seattle.

Ticket page can be accessed here.

Thank you for your support,

David Bestock

DNDA Executive Director

206-935-2999
david@dnda.org

www.dnda.org
www.youngstownarts.org
www.naturec.org

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.

REGISTER here.