(Photo credit to Jenny Crooks)
At the end of the summer, ten youth showcased their art pieces at a community art show here at El Centro de la Raza after completing the Youth Voices Art Program. El Centro paired up with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) to create this six week summer program, thanks to funding from the Seattle Arts and Culture Work Readiness Grant. These ten youth from the South East network of SYVPI met Monday through Friday from July 6th to August 14th to develop their artistic and professional skills. They each learned how to draw, sketch, and paint with mixed media and worked on their own individual art pieces. They also collaborated on a group mural entitled “Our Dreams and Nightmares” which reflected upon what they saw in their own community. Throughout the program they also worked hard at planning an art show in order to display all their great work over the summer. A job well done by these young artists!