LOCAL TEENS DESIGN THEIR NEIGHBOR (HOOD) WITH
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM AND SEATTLE PARKS AND
Dec 3, 2014
SEATTLE, WA – This fall Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) innovative art and design
program Design Your ‘Hood (DYH), is joining Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department for a series of teen workshops through Dec. 20 where high school
students learn to be design-thinkers and change-makers by exploring visual
art, architecture, design software, urban planning and social activism.
DYH is an intensive workshop focused on art, urban design and community
change. Teens are challenged to re-envision their communities and design a
public space that will enhance their neighborhoods and or the city in a way
that is meaningful to young people, residents and/or visitors.
This season, SAM has tailored the DYH project for Seattle’s Park and
Recreation Department’s Youth Employment and Service Learning Program
(YES). This program focuses on providing hands-on experiences for youth that
will allow them to develop well-rounded skills, especially in terms of job
YES students will have an opportunity to search for, identify and examine free
youth arts opportunities in Seattle and create a space using models that they
propose and design.
As part of the program, students participate in a series of field trips around the
city to investigate art and design strategies. These experiences have been
designed to inspire teens in their own design work as well as expose them to
the diversity of professional art and design practices.
The workshop features community partnerships with Seattle Architecture
Foundation, Bassetti Architects, The Wing Luke Museum, The Beacon
The International District, Panama Hotel, Olympic Sculpture Park, The Bullitt
Center, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park and Amanda Bryan
These organizations lead tours, facilitate discussions, and provide tutorials and
workspace for the youth designers. They are able to utilize the expertise of
professional designers and development officials to make informed decisions
about their own projects.
Final designs will be presented at the Miller Community Center on Dec. 20,
Seattle Art Museum is proud to partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation.