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Strengthening connections during crisis

Welcome to the new 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 (where applicable) listed per offering. 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. Updates every couple days!


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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

Jolyn GC


West Seattle Black Lives Matter Mural:
A Movement in Photos
The junction is more vibrant than ever thanks to incredibly talented local artists!

AUGUST 3, 2020
ALYSSA, Writer- 107.7 The End radio station
West Seattle Black Lives Matter mural
Photo by: Erik Bell

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.


On Police Reform

Recently, social media has captured the murders of Black people at the hands of police and made visible to the world the terrors of police brutality, institutionalized anti-Blackness and grief and rage that are not new to Black communities. DNDA stands in solidarity with others across the nation who are yearning for more than reform; for our current form of policing to be defunded so that restorative and community-led alternatives that center healing and Black liberation, can be brought to the forefront.

Police reform efforts from Minneapolis to Seattle have failed. Some laws have been changed but day-to-day practices like profiling have not ceased. To prevent unnecessary violence, policing mustbe transformed at every level from its size, funding, values, and approaches to managing wrongdoing.

On Black Lives Matter

We are mourning and grieving along with many, feeling profoundly shaken by the needless loss of Black and brown lives at the hands of police.

This is not new. The killing of George Floyd, and so many others, is what lynching looks like today.  The concept of race was created to divide us, and to build inequities into our rule of law, educational systems, and financial institutions. “Whiteness” as a concept was created to suppress black voters when the term Christian was no longer sufficient.

DNDA continues on the path of dismantling structural, institutional, and individual racism. It is a long road, because we have a long history of racist oppression in America, in our actions and policies, our police, criminal justice, educational systems, and more.

On DNDA Partners Redwan Aman and Yusuf Beshir

We last wrote to you about the incarceration of DNDA partners Redwan Aman and his colleague Yusuf Beshir on July 16. Since then, we have learned that both men were located and visited by representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia. They were granted bail by the Ethiopian judicial system on June 28, currently staying with family in Ethiopia.

While these updates are flickers of good news, we have heard jarring things about their time in prison. They were subject to inhumane conditions and both experienced rapid declines in their health. While they are out on bail, they remain beholden to the Ethiopian legal system, and we worry they could be returned to the overcrowded prison where they experienced physical violence, and where COVID-19 is prevalent.

In solidarity with the Oromo Community of Seattle and Redwan and Yusuf’s loved ones, we ask you to—

Youngstown Adult Art Class - Juneteenth Edition

On Friday, June 19th, we gathered our faithful Youngstown Adult Art Class artists and new friends, virtually, to spend the Juneteenth holiday making art. Teaching Artist Rae Akino, who began their series with us in February, returned for this very special event.

At the beginning of our almost 2-hour session, we shared our feelings and thoughts on the issue of police violence against Black people, and the resulting uprisings, and we reflected on what Juneteenth - a day celebrating freedom - means right now.

Rae captured some of our words and made them into the backdrop of their work. Attendees followed suit and added as they saw fit. The image centered on the words was comprised using only shapes, and Rae walked us through building form around the shapes to compose human form. It was great seeing the various interpretations of the assignment.

We're grateful for our passionate and connected community.

DNDA Happy Hour

In May, we held a series of virtual Happy Hours to connect with the community on #UpliftCommunity Campaign, and to stay engaged during quarantine. We were fortunate to have two gifted guest musicians from the community at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center join us two nights. Click the image to watch a clip of singer-songwriter Sphie's May 8th performance.

Learn more about Sphie at www.sphiemusic.com.

More to come!

DNDA Arts in Nature Festival 2020

June 20-21 was a quieter weekend than we here at DNDA had hoped. In April, we made the unhappy decision to cancel this year’s Arts in Nature Festival due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. While we’re still confident it was the right choice, we're bummed to miss the incredible local talents that would have performed.

In lieu of a sunny day at Camp Long, we're gifting you, our faithful festival goers, with a  Spotify playlist featuring the Seattle-based artists who were slated for the 2020 Arts in Nature Festival! 

We'll also be showcasing other performing and visual artists here on DNDA HeartSpace. Stay tuned!

In health and hope,


EcoArts Teaching Artist Series

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Tune in to DNDA TV every Thursday at 1:00 for a new at-home, all-ages art lesson from one of our talented teaching artists!





Heart & Soil with Bri

In this video DNDA's Environmental Educator Bri Castilleja will show you how to start vegetable starts for the garden from seed indoors.

Supplies can be found and purchased at any gardening store. For West Seattle area residents, Urban Feed And Garden in Beacon Hill is still open for pickup and by appointment as of 3/31/20. Their website can be found at: urbanfeedandgarden.com/

In the Kitchen with Christina

Join Christina in the kitchen for a delicious vegan spin on a classic breakfast scramble! This meal includes affordable, accessible ingredients. This video is part of our Earth Day blog series at dnda.org/dnda-nature, where we discuss the impacts of incorporating environmentally friendly ingredients into our meals. Incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet is greatly beneficial to the natural environment.

Movement Mondays with Madison

Join teaching artist Madison Bristol for an inspiring 30-min movement experience every Monday at 12 noon on DNDA Instagram LIVE. All skill levels welcome.

DNDA Programs Snapshot 2020

A quick but beautiful look at the wide variety of DNDA's youth and community programs


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.

Class Description
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.

About the Instructor

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leslie rosen bellydance

FREE Pandemic Bellydance Live Stream Wednesday Nights

In solidarity with the Seattle & King County Public Health COVID-19 plan, our classes will now be online. We will not go dark! Join us Monday nights on Zoom, Wednesday nights on Facebook Live! Schedule

Monday Class: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/537882183

Wednesday Class: Sirens of Serpentine Facebook Event Page.

FREE at 6:00 and 7:00pm* Send tips via Venmo to @LeslieRosenPerformanceArt OR PayPal to Leslie@LeslieRosen.com. Registration required for 8:00pm class. More on Pricing

Class Description: Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong.
That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire.
Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.
This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

*NEW* Monday Face to Face Bellydance Class!

Combining Technique and Workout in one fun hour Expect skills, drills and strength/flex building.

It's fun doing the live stream on Wednesday! BUT this give you a chance to see your dance friends beautiful faces, (pass notes on the chat ♥), wear cute outfits and re-capture a little more of the spirit of dancing together in community.

$10 Suggested Donation Venmo: LeslieRosenPerformanceArt

ALL of my online classes will run until the quarantine is over.

Full Streaming Schedule:
Monday 6pm BD ZOOM
Tuesday 4pm Circus Strength/Flex for SANCA Seattle
Wednesday 6pm Beginning BD  & 7pm Bellydance Workout Live Stream Sirens of Serpentine

poseurs yoga

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.

Password: POSEURS
Payment (sliding scale): Venmo: @trippyyoga and PayPal: megsb88@gmail.com 

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

*Sliding scale scholarships available!*

Teaching Philosophy
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

Coming Soon

Online Beginner Piano and Guitar lessons by Kelli offered to Seattle Public School students through The Office of Arts and Culture's The Creative Advantage!


Arts Corps is offering a variety of virtual art lessons for youth. Tune in to their YouTube channel here, and check out the Rhyme Scheme video with Teaching Artist Erica Merritt below!

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.

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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.

REMOTE SESSIONS Open March 9 - June 30, 2020:
Pak - Mondays 3pm-5pm
Momma Nikki - Mondays 6pm-8pm, Thursdays 6pm-8pm
Amy (Amy Lp) - Wednesdays 1pm-5pm
Thad (Thaddillac) - Check availability
Matt (Sabyu) - Check availability

More info

The story - mira

Totem Star on Soundcloud

frog hollow writer

Frog Hollow School is a language arts program for homeschoolers focused on helping young writers thrive.

Throwback to Frog Hollow's Poetry Exhibit at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

A resource for homeschooling parents:

A Few Crooked Words Newsletter offers writing prompts to help kids love writing.

Click to learn more and subscribe.

Becca Hall founded Frog Hollow School in 2011 and has been working with young writers ever since. She writes fiction, essays, and poetry. She likes hiking and eating homegrown tomatoes with her toddler.

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, paren