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, advance environmental awareness, foster positive identity, and increase social competence.
Our Core Values
When planning all of our lessons, we keep environmental health and justice in mind. We make an effort to use non-toxic, upcycled, or responsibly-sourced natural materials for EcoArts projects. Furthermore, by teaching classes rooted in nature and practicing conscientious resource use around students, we hope to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship.
The vast majority of our programs are FREE to members of the communities we serve. Many people who live in the Delridge Neighborhoods are refugees, immigrants, or historically disenfranchised populations. Therefore, we make it a priority to provide high-quality programs to communities who typically don't have access to such programs.
We bring neighbors together who live in one of the many Delridge neighborhoods through our programs. We aim to foster community resilience through consistent and purposeful programming. Furthermore, our Teaching Artists are from the communities we serve. Because of their leadership, EcoArts projects reflect the unique cultures within each of the communities we serve.
Featured EcoArts Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.