Cultural & Justice Programming
Restorative Justice Program
DNDA's Restorative Justice Program is produced a partnership with Seattle Public Schools' Interagency Academy. This program brings arts education and Indigenous methods of restorative justice, such as peacemaking circles, into the classroom in order to restore relationships between students, teachers and families, improve the educational climate and transform the criminal justice system.
Let's Talk Tace Series 2018
With sponsorship from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and support from local partners, DNDA produced 8 events that worked to challenge institutional racism and foster a culture of belonging in the Delridge community by connecting organizations and individuals through film, dialogue, storytelling and restorative justice.
These events included:
- Migration and the World
- The Creation of Whiteness
- Understanding Islam
- American Housing and Economics
- Nurturing the Environment and Food Access
- The American Education System
- 13th and U.S. Policies
- Restorative Justice and Healing
With guidance from the larger Delridge community, adult and youth facilitators used a variety of discussion methods, including relevant films and various activities, to provide a basis of historical understanding for participants. Discussions at each event will be led using the restorative justice practices of peacemaking and healing circles to breakdown implicit barriers, remove existing cultural misunderstandings and facilitate honest dialogue.
Cultural Events Series 2016
With sponsorship from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, DNDA brought the Cultural Event Series to the Delridge community in 2016. The series brought together over 38 community organizations and businesses, provided over 20 local artists and instructors with paid opportunities to share their talents, served over 1,500 community members and provided over 20 youth with the opportunity to support and plan events.
These events were held at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the Vietnamese Cultural Center, Camp Long and other venues in the neighborhood to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Delridge. Events included performing arts showcases, youth poetry slams, cultural food events and social justice events. This project has allowed Delridge residents to develop a greater connection with each other and with the many services that are provided in the neighborhood. When our community focuses on telling stories, sharing resources and building relationships across cultures, we can work together to shape the positive growth of Delridge.