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DNDA HeartSpace
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!


A Big THANK YOU for Your Support

A round of applause to you, our community! Thanks to your inspiring generosity, we have surpassed our goal of $30,000! Over the last three weeks, 119 donors have contributed $30,757, which will go directly to residents living in our affordable housing, and to sustaining DNDA as we continue adapting to serve community needs.

We are energized by you, and your commitment to our work. We are getting basic supplies like hand sanitizer and masks to our residents, along with direct financial support. Our staff continues to collaborate with partners at the City, County, and other nonprofits, to build strength and resilience with the youth and families we serve.



Look out for the next virtual happy hour with DNDA staff, board, and friends!


EcoArts Teaching Artist Series

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We've launched a new art-making series! Tune in to DNDA TV every Thursday at 1:00 for a new at-home, all-ages art lesson from on of our talented teaching artists! Week one features the amazing Jolyn Gardner.

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Community Art Challenge

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Join us Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as EcoArts Teaching Artists Molly Duttry and Madison Rose Bristol facilitate art activities for the whole community.

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About the Teaching Artists

Please share what you make by tagging @delridgeneighborhoods on Instagram and Facebook, and using the hashtag #dndaheartspace. All ages and skill levels welcome. Let's create together! 💛

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Movement Mondays

DNDA Art Challenge

Join us weekly at 12:00 noon on Instagram Live @delridgeneighborhoods

Want a replay of last Movement Monday? Part 1 shown here. Visit DNDA TV for the full session!


Nature Consortium Blog

How Is COVID-19 Impacting Our Natural World?

How Forests Capture Carbon

Earth Hour

Tune in to our weekly web series:
Heart & Soil, hosted by Nature Consortium Environmental Education Coordinator, Bri Castilleja
In the Kitchen with Christina, hosted by AmeriCorps Environmental Outreach Specialist, Christina Bjarvin

Click an image to get to the series playlist.


Plant I.D. Walk

Throughout the duration of our time in quarantine, DNDA is pleased to offer you a once weekly virtually guided plant walk with our Environmental Education Coordinator via Instagram Live - @natureconsortium.
These walks will feature urban forest sites & parks around the Delridge neighborhood, native plant identification, ethnobotany, and answers to any questions you may have regarding the plants in our area.

While we may not be able to offer these opportunities in-person right now, we hope to join together in the spirit of physical distancing to create learning opportunities and strengthen our connections to nature and neighborhood. See you Thursdays!

Urban Forest Plant ID walk

Enjoy nature indoors LIVE via Explore Cam!




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
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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.

ALL Poseurs classes now on Zoom! Click the button below to request link.
Password: POSEURS
Payment (sliding scale): Venmo: @trippyyoga and PayPal: megsb88@gmail.com 

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

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!

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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


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june 5 open mic

Frog Hollow School is a language arts program for homeschoolers focused on helping young writers thrive. Frog Hollow offers three separate all-day classes for ages seven through twelve: Wednesdays in CarnationThursdays in Carnation, and Fridays in SeattleRegistration for Fall 2020 will open April 15th. Preference given to students ages eight and up in 2020. Please apply using the form on the registration page.


Springtime Writing Prompt from Becca Hall

1. Look for Signs of Spring
Go on a walk and look for signs of spring. Do you see flowers? What kinds/colors? Do you hear birds? What are they doing? Is your neighbor wearing shorts? How does the air smell? Take notes as you walk, or just use your memory. If you want to, try to find ten signs of spring. If that's too easy, keep going! You may also want to take the same walk a few days later to see if anything has changed.
2. Read Some Spring Poems
Poets have been writing about spring forever. There are so many poems about spring, you could spend all spring just reading poems about spring.
3. Write a Spring Poem Now write a spring poem of your own. It doesn't have to rhyme unless it really wants to. Any words you like together can be a poem. Be specific! Use the signs of spring you noticed on your walk. What happens in spring? How does spring sound and smell? How does it make you feel?
Your poem can be a letter to spring, or to today. Your poem can smash words together and space them far apart if that helps you express the excited feeling spring can have. You can even make up your own words if that lets you express how spring feels. And even though lots of people feel excited in spring, your poem doesn't have to be a happy poem. 

At Frog Hollow, we don't worry about spelling in our first drafts. That way we can use the words we really want to use, not just ones we can spell. Use specific, clear language and be as detailed as you can. And most importantly, enjoy!

Student Spotlight

I sit here in the sun

the red and yellow of the flowers

the air is full of monarchs

the whistling of quail

the cooing of doves

the cawing of ravens

the white sand bakes.

~ Galen Moritz

Palm Springs

All I can hear is chirping.

There is yellowness.

There is redness.

There is blueness.

Their red wings flutter.

The sun is a burning ball.

~ Bryce Moritz

frog hollow writer