Art & Sol lineup announced!

From current students, to staff members, teaching artists, and alumni, we’re super excited about our Arts Corps community of artists that will be performing at Art & Sol!



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Cheryl Delostrinos featuring youth from Coyote Central
Photo by Andrew Imanaka
Photo by Andrew Imanaka

What brings us joy? What makes us feel beautiful? What makes us feel powerful? How do we celebrate ourselves? How do we celebrate each other?

Cheryl Delostrinos (Arts Corps OST Arts Manager and teaching artist) is honored to work with a brilliant group of young femme artists of color exploring the radical act of being unapologetically joyous.

Carlynn Newhouse

carlynnnewhouseCarlynn Newhouse is an African American poet, activist, actress, emcee, and performer. She holds the record for the only 3 time Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion (2015, 2017, 2018) and competed in the Brave New Voices poetry festival in years 2015-2018. Carlynn has performed at well known venues such as Seattle Town Hall, Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, and others. Carlynn’s work has been featured in Crosscut, the Seattle Review of Books, and XQ Super School Live. She writes about love, loss, community, race, the Black Lives Matter movement, faith, mental health, gender, and the life experiences that made her who she is today. She believes poetry is a form of activism and tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.


michaelsonMichaelson is a 2 year alumni of The Residency program. With years of foundation building, this summer marks the release schedule for Michaelson’s first studio project “This Is Why”, which is being engineered by Jake Crocker, and is set to start releasing singles here very soon.

Shelby Handler

shelby handlerAt age 15, Shelby Handler performed at a poetry slam for the first time and upon finishing their piece, immediately ran off the stage. Since then, Shelby has been running back and forth from the stage and supporting the next generation of poets to take the mic. As a writer and performer, Shelby explores ritual, queerness and an endless search for home. Their work has been featured in anthologies, public buses, literary journals and stages across the country. Shelby is honored to call Youth Speaks Seattle one of their forever poetry homes. They used to manage the Teen Leadership Program but henceforth, they shall assume the role of Awkward Fan Grrl at the slam series and if they’re lucky, a teaching artist for Arts Corps and YOUTH SPEAKS!

Amy Lp & Sabyu

Amy LpAmy is a multimedia artist, audio engineer, vocalist, and teaching artist who got started on her artistic journey through Arts Corps’ All Access program 10 years ago. She is currently Arts Corps’ Media & Communications Manager, with the honor of being able to take photos and produce videos capturing the unique stories of young artists and changemakers. She is constantly inspired by the young artists she gets to work with and has recently started writing some fresh songs after a long hiatus.

Sabyu (aka Matt Sablan) is a musician, producer, songwriter, and teacher from the island of Saipan. His music is rooted in the Pacific Islands and Pacific Northwest. Sabyu is currently a classroom assistant with Arts Corps and has worked alongside Totem Star since the beginning of 2017.

Eduardo Mendonça

eduardo_mendonca15-copyEduardo has been with Arts Corps since its inception as a veteran master teaching artist and the current Director of Creative Youth Development. A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, he is a musician, composer, arranger, and musical director, exploring the many and varied genres of Brazilian popular music.


kaleiKalei’okalani (Kalei) is of Kanaka Maoli, Japanese, Chinese, and Black heritage and was born and raised in Wai’anae, O’ahu. She is the founding leader of Huraiti Mana, a Seattle-based Polynesian Dance Troupe where classes are infused with laughter, shared stories, and passionate work. Kalei has been dancing Ori Tahiti since she was six years old, finding herself in the fast beats of the ote’a and aparima; and in the slow beats of the ahuroa. She considers herself ha’api’i, a word of the Tahitian language meaning both to teach and to learn. As Kalei continues teaching, she learns and gains tenfold, the knowledge of her huraiti, her cultures, and her self. Kalei aspires to continue teaching, studying, and sharing the love of her people through Ori. She is an Arts Corps teaching artist, bringing Hula Mai `Oe to Hazel Valley Elementary students.


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Ebo Barton

eboEbo Barton is a Transgender and Non Binary, Black and Filipino poet and artist. Originally from Los Angeles, California, but really, the San Fernando Valley but no one ever knows where that is.  As a representative of Seattle, they’ve been on 4 National Slam Teams and participated at 3 Individual World Poetry Slams.  Their most notable poetry slam accolade is placing 5th in the world in 2016.  Ebo wrote and directed the award-winning play, Rising Up.  They and their work have been featured in Seattle Weekly, Seattle Gay News, Button Poetry and some other places.  Their work touches on political issues from a personal point of view and often is birthed from the struggles of living in the identities that they are. Ebo believes in the power of language and art as a tool for revolution.


Visual Artists

Diana Laurel Caramat (Creative Schools Program Manager)

Diana Laurel Caramat (MFA), an interdisciplinary professional Artist, practices her ‘post-studio’ lifestyle and form through D/ND/N—which is a flexing moniker and equation to develop beyond the limits of binary processes. Their projects play in the creative space where art transforms social intentions and lived experiences. With life anchored at Apex Belltown Co-op, she regularly consults on arts and culture through artist mindset problem solving and skilled arts facilitation.

Julie Sanchez (Fund Development Committee member)

“Unbound” a 24″ x 18″ Encaustic on panel. This piece is was inspired by the geothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park.


IG: @eliasshawnstudio

Lester Pearson (Teaching Artist)

Born and raised in South Seattle, Lester graduated from Franklin High School and then received his BA in visual Arts at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He returned home to start honing a passion for helping and teaching young people who looked like him. Lester is now a Teaching Artist with Arts Corps at Southwest Interagency Academy; a Mentor for MBSK (My Brother/Sister Keeper) at Mercer Middle School; Freelance Artist (Graphic Design, Painting and Photography); Photography Apprentice with Flyright Productions; and Newly Hired Art and P. E. Teacher at St. Therese Catholic Academy. He is honored to be a part of the Arts Corps family! #makeArtanyway #eachONEteach1

Nate Herth (former Arts Corps Teaching Artist)

Nate Herth is an arts educator and visual artist who believes the process of art-making expands and informs our engagement with the world in critical, ever-changing, and ultimately positive modes. He facilitates playful, investigative, arts education in the Pacific Northwest and has worked with Arts Corps and the Creative Schools Initiative, the City of Seattle’s Creative Advantage, the Seattle Art Museum, Mo Pop, Gage Academy and the Seattle, Highline and Tacoma Public Schools. Nate takes inspiration from his surroundings: the volatile interaction of the built environment and the naturally occurring world is a collision of contrasting visual information that he reflects upon in his paintings, presentations, and collaborations with other artists.


Mylen Huggins (Arts Corps Board member)

Hillary Moore (Grants Manager)

Greg Thornton (Teaching Artist)


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