Project Overview:

Presented in conjunction with the 2018 Northwest Folklife Cultural Focus Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican American and Chicana/o Roots in the Northwest, Northwest Folklife and Rainier Arts Center invite local artists (target ages 13-18) to participate in an in-depth artist residency. This project is aimed at building an intentional experience for Mexican American and Chicana(o) youth to envision a new future while amplifying and nurturing pride of heritage and community. Led by various culture bearers and established artists in the community, participants will be able to work on their craft while engaging with peers and working towards a collaborative vision and cumulative presentation.

Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Project will provide a space for youth artists, activists and culture bearers to collaborate, share ideas, and explore artistic expression. In collaborating on a shared goal and direction for this project, participants will form a strong alliance and connection that allows space for self-expression and a powerful sharing of those expressions as one voice.

The Residency will culminate with presentations for two, all access, no admission necessary events. First, at the Rainier Arts Center on May 17, 2018 and secondly, at the 47th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, May 25-28, 2018.

Time Commitment:

The group will meet every other Wednesday from 4:00-6:30pm at the Rainier Arts Center located in Columbia City. Each session will include group discussion lead by local cultural bearers and artists followed by studio time to devote to their individual artistic expressions. Snacks will be provided and a stipend for transportation available.

ENROLLMENT PERIOD: December 8th through January 10th

PROJECT PERIOD: January – June, 2018 


Click HERE to enroll

For more information, please contact:

Kelli Faryar                                                        Francisca Garcia

Northwest Folklife                                          Rainier Arts Center                             

(206) 684-7014                                                (206) 725-7517

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