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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 readiness.

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 Architect.

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, 2014.

Seattle Art Museum is proud to partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation​.​

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Cara Egan​​
SAM Public Relations

Wendy Malloy
SAM Public Relations


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