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Strengthening connections during crisis
Welcome to the online hub for DNDA programs and content from the amazing educators, instructors, performers, and Anchor Tenants of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
While we may not be able to access our community spaces during this pandemic, we can certainly still access our heart space, and that's what really connects us after all. We hope this will be a welcoming space for the many youth, families, and artists that call Youngstown home and fill our programs with inspiration and empowerment.
What are you doing to strengthen connections during this crisis? Share your story with us.
In health and hope,
Erika Bell, Youngstown Manager
Live-streaming and payment instructions listed per offering where applicable. For the best experience, subscribe to the social media platforms listed in each section and download Zoom. Please direct any questions to the pertinent email address. This page is updated regularly.
Sign up for a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment
Covid-19 Vaccines are now available to everyone 16 and older. Click here to find vaccine appointments.
Transportation to your vaccination appointment:
- To request transportation, please visit (English only): bit.ly/vaxride
- For individual assistance by phone, call the Coordinated Vaccine Transportation Helpline at 425-943-6706 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Dial 5 for interpretation. You can also leave a voicemail and get a call back.
- To learn about transportation options, including for seniors, people with disabilities, Medicaid recipients, and veterans visit: FindARide.org/COVID
To find more information about the Covid-19 Vaccines and translated resources, please visit King County's Community Vaccination Resources page.
Wear a mask
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
Stay at least 6 feet away
- Remember that people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
- Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wash your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Collective Art Show at Youngstown March - May 2021
We're so happy to be featuring art in the hallways of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for the first time since COVID. This group exhibition includes the works of four of the six local visual artists in the show.
As the building remains mostly closed for the time being, we hope you'll enjoy these pieces virtually. Get to know the artists by clicking through the tabs below.
Please send purchase inquiries directly to the email address listed to the left of each image.
The African Queen
Oil on canvas
24 x 36
Black, Bold, Strong, Powerful, Rich, Beautiful, Image of Africa as the Queen she is.
Heroes (Mixed Culture)
Acrylic on canvas
Connecting Zambian culture with American culture. In the middle is a Zambian warrior mask and to the right and left are the masks of superheroes aka American warriors. This is a picture of putting aside difference and uniting for the greater good of humanity.
This painting symbolized black excellence and wealth. It’s model after The King of Mali who is considered one of the wealthiest men in history. Like many other powerful black figures, stories like his were minimized in my educational experience and Black excellence was never celebrated.
As an artist, I love creating art that speaks to myself and others about life and all the things it encompasses. Beauty, culture, special moments, nature, fear, triumph, ups the downs. Life is an amazing and mysterious miracle that I can only try to attempt to understand but I love the adventure of trying to capture it and turning it into art.
My vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. My paintings, I consider personal works though they are for others. They are positive contacts for vibrant thoughts and spiritual moment. I use mosaic to illustrate the unity and lusciousness of diversity. While the use of mosaic creates a metaphor for these cycles with pieces and rocks in fragments, My mosaics are public art
In order to provide a sense of place for my audience to connect with, as a professional artist I reinterpret the abstract and reality of the cyclical nature of things. I integrate my green approach to art with growing a design solution as part of a team. I integrate architectural structures and mosaic works, using recycled stone, glass, aluminum, and ceramic with ease. Sharing my work with spaces of infrastructure is the synthesis of a long-term relationship, and embedded in it will be this very moment in history that prolongs its memory in our minds.
I'm a multidisciplinary artist observing the richness of everyday Black existence, and the relationship between humanity and divinity.
DNDA Art Challenge Gallery
Nature Consortium Blog
DNDA Wetland Workshops
Volunteer in the Forest (Again!)
Updated October 22, 2020
We have re-opened our forest restoration volunteer program with additional COVID precautions. This includes limiting each event to a maximum of 5 volunteers. As a result, volunteer spots may not be available on all dates. After you submit a volunteer inquiry, our staff will contact you to confirm your spot. If you have any questions, please contact the DNDA Environmental Programs Director.
How are you managing this difficult time?
Share your story with us.
Mulugeta's BBQ Chicken Nachos
VIRTUAL CLASSES & ACTIVITIES
Totem Star supports a diverse community of young recording artists learning music and life skills through mentorship and meaningful relationships. Our work in the studio and on the stage fosters growth in collaboration, leadership, and self-identity. Totem Star keeps kids off the street, in the studio, and on the stage since 2010.
Totem Star on Soundcloud
Have you heard about R.E.A.C.T.?
R.E.A.C.T. is a call to join a creative forum open to all art mediums to respond to the injustices of police brutality against Black lives. Arts Corps will showcase these artworks in a digital history book and through social media to help raise voices of activism through art.
For more info or to join in this effort, click here.
Frog Hollow School is a language arts program for homeschoolers focused on helping young writers thrive.
A couple pieces from the Frog Hollow students' art & poetry exhibition at Youngstown
A Few Crooked Words Newsletter offers writing prompts to help kids love writing.
Click to learn more and subscribe.
Becca is a brilliant teacher that has a beautiful way of playfully weaving a rich language arts program…. Her craft of teaching truly keeps the joy of writing alive for children that are just learning to write or are developing as writers.
~ Jaime, parent
Join weekly LIVE STREAMED Classes!
1. Download ZOOM APP on your device
*preferably a device with a larger screen for better visibility
2. Pay between $6 and $18 per class via Venmo to @JenniferCepeda_Productions - sliding scale until further notice
*Sliding Scale Notice: This pricing to reflect the craziness of the world right now. You might want to mix & match these. I am including tax within the pricing:
$6-$9 Per Class - Unemployed. Plan to take multiple classes per week.
$10-$13 - Plan to take 1-2 Classes a week
$13-$18 - Plan to take 1 class a week/month or are feeling generous in this time.
3. Submit your Email to JencnDesign@Gmail.com
Once you have submitted both your payment and your email, I will add you to the scheduled meeting.
4. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to the event.
Dance Powered covers many genres of dance, and is rooted in Hip Hop Movement. Engage your brain, body and get social in this welcoming and challenging dance class! All levels of dance enthusiasts are a part of this community, and love the music, the creative choreography, and the dance workout!
*Side effects may include:
Sudden boldness on the dance floor, irresistible urge to dance at work, entertaining your friends while likely horrifying your children with your dance demonstrations.
Virtual Class Schedule
Monday // Bellydance Street Team - BRAND NEW SESSION starts Nov 16
6:30pm - 7:25pm Level 1 - Basic posture, slow and fast moves from the general skills vocab (FCBD), Intro to Arabic rhythms and zills (finger cymbals) playing
7:30pm - 8:00pm Level 2 - Level 2 students work on all the material from level 1 and play zills while dancing and lead the group in improv - Instructor permission is required to join this group
*In person dance class with video conferencing and live stream options https://www.leslierosen.com/monday-night-bellydance-georgetown
Tuesday // School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) Adult Circus Strength Flex 4pm- 5pm ~ Join at 3:55pm (5 min before class) to see puppy or kitty circus tricks!
Wednesday // Bellydance Roots Workout Class ~ 7pm Bellydance Roots Workout featuring Kalbeliya, (popularily known as Indian Gypsy dance - Hailing from Northern India the origin point of the Romany Trail - *Online only until 2021 Holiday Series starts 11/18
Private lessons are available for personal training and dance on zoom by request. Get in touch to schedule.
“Poseurs” is a collective of yoga teachers offering all styles of yoga on a sliding scale of payment. Our goal is accessibility, no matter what your bank account or your practice looks like.
Join POSEURS at 6:15pm Thursdays for DOPE MOMENTS with Megan Brannum.
Payment (sliding scale): Venmo: @trippyyoga and PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click for all POSEURS' offerings
About the Instructor:
Teacher Megan Brannum currently offers Vinyasa yoga for all levels on Friday nights at 6:15pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. She has graduated two 200-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher trainings, as well as a 100-hour Yin training, and has taught since 2015. She enjoys weaving the philosophy of the practice into each class she teaches. Megan strives to create fun and foundational sequences while focusing on the power of the breath to change your mood, body and your life.
Private virtual music lessons for ages 4 and up. Click the button below for inquiries and registration.
30 minutes- $35
45 minutes- $45
60 minutes- $65
My teaching philosophy is to create an individualized lesson plan for each student, based in theory, technique and student goals with an emphasis on creative expression and empowerment. Music is a language based on listening and creative expression.
-Kelli Frances Corrado
Virtual Music Lessons!
Beginner Piano and Guitar online lessons by Kelli are offered to Seattle Public School students through The Office of Arts and Culture's The Creative Advantage. You can start with a good guitar-tuning lesson below, and continue your musical journey at The Creative Advantage YouTube channel!
DNDA recognizes Black history as American history. We realize that at the heart of our racial and social equity work is the call to lift up the voices of the marginalized, and we will endeavor to do that through sharing the stories of African American leaders and peoples. We invite you to celebrate with us through our social channels, and here, all month long. #BHM21
July 1963: 35 youth stage a sit-in to protest racial discrimination in housing in Seattle
Do you know Dr. Maxine Mimms?
A Brief History of African American Theatre
Video clip of Twelfth Night Production's Once on This Island, performed at Youngstown's Thelma DeWitty Theatre, 2019. This special performance, featuring an all Black and POC cast of phenomenal artists, packed the house with joy and tears and laughter, night after night.
Have you heard?
There's a new street mural in the West Seattle Junction, and DNDA had the honor of partnering on the project. The artist collective West Seattle Art for Social Justice, in their first community project, brought together nine gifted and intergenerational local artists of color to create a beautiful new Black Lives Matter mural in West Seattle's California Ave. / Alaska St. Junction. Check out 107.7 The End Radio Station's write-up of the July 26th event, and please follow WS Art for Social Justice for more on this and future community projects.
Excerpt from 107.7 The End excerpt:
"Our organization has art and giving amplification of artists at the heart of what we do. At the center of the West Seattle Black Lives Matter mural is the collective of nine amazing artists that brought the mural to life and was supported by our community. WS Art for Social Justice is the organization that supported their work, and is a team of educators and artists that are active in our community."
- Founders of WS Art for Social Justice
A word from DNDA Teaching Artist Jolyn GC
Painting the Black Lives Mural in West Seattle and representing DNDA was an honor! It was the highlight of my July. I did not anticipate the extremely hot weather. West Seattle Social Justice had plenty of water, supplies, and snacks to keep myself and the other artists energized and refreshed. Traffic paint dries extremely fast, so we all did our very best to paint quickly and with as much precision as possible on the bumpy pavement. Plenty of people stopped by to see what was going on and looked pretty excited about what we were up to. Check out the pictures below. Again, thank you DNDA for the opportunity to contribute my artistic creativity to this moment in our history.
Photos by Erik Bell
West Seattle Black Lives Matter Mural:
A Movement in Photos
The junction is more vibrant than ever thanks to incredibly talented local artists!
These days you can't turn a corner without seeing a Black Lives Matter banner, yard or homemade sign. It's pretty incredible to see neighborhoods and communities come together for equal justice. We have a long way to go, but the conversation is currently booming between friends, family members and all over social media. It's our job to keep the conversation and momentum alive!
In June, Capitol Hill was the first major canvas of the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle when the neighborhood received their beautiful BLM street mural. The dedication to the cause carried over the bridge into the heart of West Seattle. Local artists and devoted neighbors came together one morning in July to create a vivid masterpiece for all to enjoy while visiting the Junction.