We run two main initiatives: our mentorship opportunity, where we pair together teen and adult artists of color, as well as our online content, which includes blog articles, social media campaigns, and our Refocus web-series. Click here to apply to be featured in any of these opportunities.
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Twice a year, we host mentorship sessions for up to fifteen teen artists of color. Mentorships are led by adult artists of color and run for three hours a week over five weeks. We hope this program highlights our participants' artistry and abilities while simultaneously providing teen artists of color with a space where they can be themselves, receive mentorship from a professional artist of color, and learn more about life as a working artist. We co-produce our mentorship opportunities with Seattle's TeenTix.
Our blog content allows teens to learn more about what an arts career can look like and how artists of color are shaping the world. We interview teen and adult artists of color, review race-related shows, and comment on trends we see in the arts. We also present a social media campaign featuring teen artists of color.
Additionally, we produce Refocus, a web-series featuring teen artists of color. In each video, we interview a 13- to 19-year-old to learn more about their artmaking and experience as an artist of color. Through these videos, we hope to provide teens of color with role models and peers who are committed to breaking stereotypes in the arts community.
We run a chapter program so that teens of color can promote diversity in the arts at a local level. Chapters have many forms, but all produce at least one event or showcase for their community each year. Click here to learn more or start your own chapter.
We are working with Siblíní Journal to produce a micro-issue featuring the work of artists of color. Learn more here.
2020 Mentorship Program
During our inaugural mentorship program, we connected 13 teens with 3 Seattle artists (UJ Mangune, Tatiana Garmendia, and Perri Rhoden). After the program, teens’ work was shared through a digital gallery and performance at TeenTix’s Teeny Awards. You can find the gallery here.
This program was supported, in part, through a grant by Seattle's 4Culture.
Collaboration with Last Real Indians
We worked with the Native and Indigenous news site, Last Real Indians, to produce a three-part series about climate change’s effects on BIPOC communities. Read the teen-written articles here.
We worked together with Our Voice, a club that hosts in-person concerts at senior homes, as well as Hear Your Song Hunter to bring four virtual concerts to the elderly over the summer of 2020. Our concerts were sent to 30+ senior homes and featured 25+ artists.