Youngstown Open House
Saturday, December 1st
*Free, All Ages
(I’m doing visuals along with Jason Pitt’s audio from 9:15-10)
Join us and enjoy music, performance, and visual art during our annual open house & open studios event. Cultural Center staff will be on hand along with resident artists and representatives from tenant organizations Arts Corps, Nature Consortium, Southwest Interagency Academy, Twelfth Night Productions, Power of Hope, The Service Board, and Youth Media Institute. Studios in Cooper Artist Housing will be open and performances and activities will take place in the Cultural Center.
The 2007 Touring Reel Youth Film Festival will be screened in our theater from 6:30-8:30pm in partnership with Native Lens, Reel Girls, Longhouse Media, and Power of Hope. Showcasing the best of youth filmmaking, the Reel Youth Film Festival is a collection of insightful and entertaining short films made by youth ages 19 years and under from all over the country. Ranging from the comedic to the dramatic, using video and stop motion animation, this year’s films explore a wide range of themes, reflecting the diversity of the culture and concerns of youth today. Films made by Seattle area youth will also be screened as part of this special presentation.
Adjacent to the screening, Youngstown’s Movement Studio will play host to live performances. Youth dancers from around the area will perform from 6- 7:30pm in an exhibition of krumping, a relatively new, highly stylized and exciting freestyle form birthed in Los Angeles. Seattle’s best youth and adult spoken word artists including Khatsini Simani, Rose McAllese, Dakota Camacho, Angela Dy, Rocky Bernstein, James Ray, eLa Barton , Matt Gano, Chris Carroll, and Karen Finneyfrock will take the stage from 7:30-9:30pm in an intimate reading of their work. Seattle is home to nationally and internationally recognized poets, and the performance will feature slam poets from Youth Speaks-who recently placed 5th in the nation at the National Youth Poetry Slams-and adult poets who regularly showcase their work at the Seattle Poetry Slam.
Residents of Cooper artist housing will mount an exhibition of their work in Youngstown’s promenade gallery. Upstairs, they will open their studios to show and sell their works. Their mediums range from painting, photography, sculpture, and installation, to clothing, jewelry, video, and more.
* This year’s Open House is taking place in conjunction with Come Over! a Delridge Open Campus event. The community is invited to Come Over! between 6-10pm for a progressive menu of delectable foods, entertainment, raffle, and tours of: Youngstown, the Delridge Community Center, and Southwest Youth and Family Services. The event will provide an opportunity for neighbors to connect with one another and learn about programs and services offered by the organizations.