Apply for The Residency Hip Hop Program!

Applications are now open! Youth ages 16-19 with an established desire to pursue hip-hop and music as a career must apply online and meet all criteria in order to be considered. This year’s intensive will take place at MoPOP from July 22nd – August 16th.

All participants receive:

  • Fully-funded month long summer intensive, regular workshops, performance opportunities and other industry experiences
  • $600 stipend upon completion of the program
  • Complimentary bus tokens
  • Daily lunch and snacks provided during most Residency programming

2018_theresidency_pinon_308The Residency is designed exclusively for rising teen artists from the greater Seattle area who meet King County low-income verification standards. Aiming to directly address the access barriers many underserved youth and families face when asked to choose between paying for an experiential learning opportunity beyond their means and getting a summer job this residency is an opportunity to provide up to 45 teen artists with a high-quality arts experience that supports them pursuing their artistic development and be compensated for their talent. Additional opportunities and programming exist beyond the summer intensive for each cohort.

The Residency will be accepting new applications for the 2019 cohort until May 31, 2019. Applications are now open HERE.

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Why we’re not participating in GiveBIG

We have decided not to participate in GiveBIG this year.

It is a privilege to be able to opt out, and we know that many organizations depend on the revenue generated on this day, and we will continue to support them and the community, with whom they work. However, the most visibility goes to nonprofits that are large institutions and have dedicated development and marketing staff. Additionally, the new fees imposed on nonprofits to participate in GiveBIG are cost prohibitive to many smaller organizations, so Arts Corps has decided to step back and shine a light on others.

mostresroucesVu Le wrote a piece about the Nonprofit Hunger Games, that highlights the fight for survival that many nonprofits have to undergo, just to exist. Nonprofits are forced to compete with each other for funding, so that their programs can keep running. Often, these organizations are doing similar work, but those that have the most resources, generally come out on top. This leads to further siloization, and sometimes the demise of smaller organizations that do great work, but have not found the means to stay open.

May is Arts Education Month, and we shouldn’t relegate the support of the arts to a single day. According to new U.S. government data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the arts and cultural sector contributed more than the agriculture, transportation, or warehousing sectors, to the US economy. The power and impact of the arts, in the region, can only be maintained if we work together to amplify our collective vision. Nancy Chang, ED of ReelOften, these organizations are doing similar work, but those that have the most resources, generally come out on top.  Grrls once said, “nonprofits make up the cultural fabric of the region,” and for that to happen, we must weave that ‘fabric’ collaboratively.

In the spirit of collective impact, if you plan on giving during GiveBIG, I urge you to look for other organizations that have a budget less than $500,000 (you can find this info for free on For the sake of the region, we should feel compelled to support these organizations all year round, in order to maintain the cultural fabric of our area.

If you feel compelled to support Arts Corps, you can do so via our secure online donation form, or simply text “GIVE” to 206.472.1235 at any time, all-year round, fee-free.

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Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam – Sweet 16!

2018_grandslam_pinon_115When you are out in the town, whether at a community event or at meeting, when someone says, “Youth Speaks”, you respond, “Youth Speaks!”.  And while it is fun to make someone stumble and pause in between their words when they say, “Youth Speaks” (Youth Speaks), it is actually calling on 16 years of a culture created by youth for youth.  The call and response of “Youth Speaks” (Youth Speaks) signals to the speaker that they are seen, heard and supported by folks that have felt that they were part of something much larger than themselves because of Youth Speaks (Youth Speaks) community.  When you start to catch onto the call you’ve accepted an invitation to be part of the rich history of Youth Speaks Seattle.

ig-artsedweek-mimiFriday, April 19, 2019 is the annual Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam. For 16 years, Seattle has sent a team of youth to the international festival, Brave New Voices to metaphorically set fire to stages across the United States to show other cities that Seattle has some things to say too.  We can’t stop, and we won’t stop now.  But this show is more than just a competition to determine a team, this is a showcase of young people and the power of their storytelling.  Ten youth will tell stories of survival, of love, of hope, of calling someone or something out or just telling us how they see this wonderful but hella messed up world of ours.  I invite all of you to see them, hear them and support them.  Honoring the legacy built by the youth of Seattle, we will feature singer, songwriter and community organizer as well as Youth Speaks Alumni, JusMoni.  Our featured DJ is Stas Thee Boss, who is a town favorite, legend and longtime friend and supporter of Youth Speaks. 

Another call and response we use at Youth Speaks (Youth Speaks) is “The Youth Right Now Are the Truth Right Now!”.  Can’t we all use some truth from some of the most brilliant minds in our city?  Come through to the largest youth poetry event in the 206 of the year. 

When I say Youth Speaks, you say Youth Speaks…

Youth Speaks



The 16th year of the Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam will take place on April 19, 2019 at King’s Hall (2929 27th Avenue South, Seattle) at 6:00pm.


Contact for discounts on groups of five or more youth.

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We’re hiring teaching artists for The Residency!

Program Description

The Residency breaks down the barriers of access to equitable arts experiences for underserved teens in the Seattle region in order to build their skills in collaboration, self-expression, technical acumen, leadership identity, and confidence as cultural change-makers. The intensive residency will serve 45 emerging artists through two tracks over four weeks. The Vocal Track will  foster self-expression through lyricism, rhyme structure, and delivery and the Production Track will emphasize audio engineering, beat-making, and song construction. Following the Residency, youth will participate in four monthly 3-hour cyphers (from September through December) as a way to advance their collaborative learning, workshop ideas with their cohort artists, and sustain the sense of shared community and motivation after the completion of the three-week residency.

Job Description

The Residency Teaching Artist specializing in either the production track or the vocal track will deliver high quality hip hop arts curriculum which engages and develops participants’ creativity, builds technical skillset, provides leadership opportunities, and helps to shape their identities as cultural workers.  Partnering with fellow teaching artists, youth interns and program managers, this person will work collaboratively to meet the objectives of the program including: curriculum development and implementation, support with youth recruitment and selection process, classroom management, and event planning & production.


Production Track

  • Lead the production track of the Residency
  • Be able teach on multiple beat production software platforms
  • Be competent in a studio setting
  • Skilled in audio engineering.
  • Be a teaching artist who is a skilled producer, dj and educator
  • Lead curriculum development and instruction for up to 15 students during the month long Residency intensive.

Vocal Track

  • Lead vocal track of the Residency
  • Impart techniques for enhancing artist confidence and competence
  • Teach stage presence and performance techniques
  • Be a teaching artist who is a skilled rapper, lyricist and songwriter
  • Ability to workshop musical content and encourage artist creativity
  • Lead curriculum development and instruction for up to 15 students during the month long Residency intensive.

For more information and to apply, VIEW THE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.

Extended deadline to apply is May 3, 2019.

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La Festa del Arte 2019: BREAKTHROUGH




March 22, 2019
Fremont Studios (155 North 35th St)


$175 beginning March 9th

Purchase tickets online now!
Through email:
Or call: 206.722.5440 x107

Table – $1,750
Free parking for you & your guests
VIP table for 10
Recognition in program

Sponsorship Opportunities available now



Break the ice: 6pm cocktails & community building

Break bread: 7pm dinner and performances by Arts Corps students and teaching artists

Breakthrough: Raise your paddle for youth, justice, and creativity

Break out: music, dancing, and dessert

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We’re gonna break through in 2019

As 2018 is winding down to a close, I want to take a moment to thank our donors and supporters that are part of the Arts Corps family. This year, we were able to reach more students in more places outside of Seattle than ever before. We worked with students and families in Burien, SeaTac, Kent, Renton, Tacoma, shoreline, and we were able to provide professional development for educators across North America.

It was also a big year for pop culture. We saw the rise, and still rising star of Cardi B, whom made one of the best albums of the year. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Drake and Meek Mill resolved their beef, and released an end of year song that “slaps.” Black Panther came out this year (he also died this year, but that’s temporary 🤞🏿). 

Most importantly, we saw young people step up and show us how to lead. From the students at Parkland, to the newly elected women to Congress, to Marley Diaz, the 13 year old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, and youngest member of Forbes 30 under 30 list, young people are revolutionizing the future. 

This makes me excited for 2019, and the work we will be doing at Arts Corps. Having finished the final year of the four year Highline Creative Schools Initiative, funded by the US DOE, we will be sharing our results very soon (spoiler alert: they are very good!). 2019 marks the five year anniversary of The Residency Program that we run in collaboration with MoPOP and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, so we are going to celebrate in style. We will also see the start of our new program Learning Immersive Technology (LIT), which is a partnership with Reel Grrls, where we are mentoring youth to not only become skilled in mixed media creation, but also provide concrete pathways to careers in digital media. Students will be working with the best mixed media teaching artists in the region, for half the week, and taking field trips to places like Microsoft, Amazon Music, Nintendo, Google, and more for the other half of the week. This is a new twist on STEM education, and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. 

Of course, we will continue running amazing arts based programs, with a race and social justice lens, that ignite the creative power of youth. We are going to break through in 2019, and we can only do it with supporters like you. 

There is still time to support Arts Corps in 2018. A one time gift of any size, or a monthly commitment of support, will help us to provide an even broader platform for youth in our region to express themselves creatively, have access to more immersive arts learning experiences, and for young people to have more opportunities to lead the transformation of our schools, neighborhoods, and beyond.

Click the Breakthrough image below to fuel more creative breakthroughs in 2019!


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