EcoArts

DNDA's EcoArts Program

The EcoArts Program offers a unique interdisciplinary blend of arts and environmental education for youth and adults in King County. Our classes foster discovery and creativity while connecting participants with the natural world and their communities.

EcoArts is a unique model for arts-based environmental education and engagement where programs take place both indoors and outdoors. Lessons are inspired by, made from, and/or created in nature. Our curriculum is designed to increase artistic skill, foster positive identity, increase social competence, and advance environmental awareness.

Our Core Values:

The ARCS of EcoArts

Accessibility

We are dedicated to providing arts and cultural opportunities for our neighbors that celebrate the diversity of the Delridge neighborhoods. In this, the vast majority of our programs are FREE for participants.

Recreation

Creative play is an essential element of all of our programs. Depending on the program, this could mean making objects out of materials found in nature or being physically active outside.

Community

We bring neighbors together who live in one of the many Delridge neighborhoods through our EcoArts programmming. Furthermore, our Teaching Artists are from the communities we serve.

Sustainability

When planning programs, environmental health and justice are a priority. Therefore, we use non-toxic, upcycled, and natural materials for projects. Doing this also teaches youth about sustainability and stewardship.

Art Taught by Local Working Artists

The EcoArts Program employs a team of professional Teaching Artists who are passionate about their work. Our Teaching Artists specialize in a wide variety of disciplines including but not limited to multimedia visual arts, photography, cooking, music, and dance. Furthermore, all of our Teaching Artists are embedded in the communities of West and South Seattle. Thanks to these skilled professionals, we are able to provide high-quality programs for youth and adults alike that are artistically, environmentally, and culturally enriching. 

Teaching Artist Ari Glass facilitating an EcoArts in the Woods lesson.
Teaching Artist Ari Glass facilitating an EcoArts in the Woods lesson.

Our Programs

Bring Our Classes To You

Bring EcoArts to your site or venue! We offer one-time and ongoing arts programming throughout King County. To hire an EcoArts instructor, contact DNDA Art Program Director Yeggy Michael or call 206-923-0853.

Featured EcoArts Projects

Block Printing

Teaching Artist Jules Hepp led youth through the block printing process, which starts with carving linoleum blocks and ends with printing designs onto paper. Designs were inspired by nature and Native American storytelling. See more.

Planter Boxes

During Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020, restoration volunteers decorated planter boxes with non-toxic paint, natural materials, glass and ceramic tiles, and metal. These boxes will be installed on the Pigeon Point Park toolshed and will be filled with native plants. See more.

Salmon Stories

With the NatureConsortium and Teaching Artist Ari Glass, kids decorated cut-out salmon with natural and non-toxic materials. They then shared the story of their salmon moving through the Pacific Northwest.

Collaborative Painting

During our EcoArts class series at Croft Place Townhomes, students worked in pairs to create a unified vision of what their ideal world looks like on an upcycled canvas.

Wetland Murals

Working with the kids at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, local artists, and the NatureConsortium, together we have created educational murals that depict the ecology of the Delridge Wetlands.

Cyanotype Prints

Installation artists who participate in the Arts in Nature Festival are required by the EcoArts program to organize an interactive nature-based activity. In 2019, Francesca Udeschini & Angie Yusuf taught festival participants how to make cyanotype prints of natural objects. Learn more about the festival.

Eco-Sculpture

In 2017, the EcoArts Program built a large salmon eco-sculpture, which was completed by the public at the Northwest Folklife Festival.  Participants were encouraged to add their own message to the mural in the spirit of environmentalism and community. See more.

Movement Mondays

As a contribution to the DNDA HeartSpace, Teaching Artist Madison Rose Bristol taught a series of live-streamed dance classes on DNDA's Instagram channel @delridgeneighborhoods. To try out a class, visit the Movement Mondays with Madison playlist on DNDA TV.

DNDA Art Challenge

During COVID-19, we hosted the DNDA Art Challenge for High Point and Croft Place Townhomes residents. Kids interpreted our environmental-based prompts, and then their parents would send us their work. After they completed 5 of our prompts, we sent their family a FREE LARGE PIZZA. See more.

ECOARTS NEWS

Copy of SYP Soccer class gif

Kicking off the 2020 Summer Youth Program

With school out and the sun high in the sky, July marked the beginning of our annual Summer Youth Program (SYP). Typically, SYP is a...
HighpointSYP Poster (1)

Summer Youth Program 2020: Intern with Us or Sign-Up for Classes!

Virtual Summer Classes: SYP 2020 As the Summer approaches, we are thrilled to offer once again the SHA Summer Youth Program! This year, all classes...
DNDA Art challenge

Connecting Through Virtual Art Programs: The DNDA Art Challenge

  "Paint your Ideal Future." This is how one of our DNDA Art Challenge youth participants interpreted this prompt. Create, create,...