City Hall hosts Super Cooper 10

Super Cooper 10
November 1 – December 21, 2016

Super Cooper 10 will feature the work of more than 20 artists past and current tenants of Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center since its inception in 2006. The exhibition includes more than 40 artworks including paintings, sketches, sculpture, photographs and even a kayak.

A decade ago, three floors of the old Frank B. Cooper School on Delridge Way SW became one of only four affordable housing programs in Seattle dedicated to low income creative people. Since then, the converted-classroom live/work studios, numbered lockers, and wide shiny hallways have incubated the generative works of over 100 individuals: poets, aesthetes, designers, painters, writers, dancers, sculptors, musicians, performers, photographers, film makers, multimedia artists and builders, to name just a few. Cooper Artist Housing has also forged a strong community, in which children have been born, friendships have been made, collaborations have launched, and creative careers have taken flight.

The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, housed on the first floor of the Cooper School, also celebrates 10 years this year. Youngstown is a jewel of the diverse Delridge neighborhood and a national model for engaged community collaboration, hosting and producing youth programming, performance arts and a multitude of other activities. Youngstown houses eight nonprofit organizations and a branch of Interagency, an alternative public high school, and rents space to community groups for a variety of uses.  Upwards of 30,000 people visit Youngstown each year for work, school, workshops, classes and programs.

Artists featured in Super Cooper 10 include Iole Alessandrini, Flynn Bickley, Susanna Bluhm, Smitty Buckler, Gina Coffman, Reneé DeMartin, Yvette Diltz, Gretchen Van Dyke, Crystal Fosnaugh, Barbara Fugate, Sean Gallagher, Maureen Brogan Glidden, Paul Goldstein, Nate Herth, Richard Kent, Koji Kubota, Joey McChan, Erin Miller, Androu Morgan, Mike Mullins, Tenaya Sims, Sharon Swanson, BK Tran, Teresa White, and Benjamin Yarges.

Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center were created and are operated by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), which serves Southwest Seattle through access to affordable housing, arts & culture, preservation of greenspace, food justice, and education. www.dnda.org

Images from top to bottom:

Das Wald/Sommer/The Woods. Summer. Richard Kent, 2015. Image 9” x 6”; Matted Image 11” x 14”, Lino Print, Pastels, Ink Spray

The Coopercabana. Koji Kubota, 2006. 22” x 30”, Oil on Canvas

WRAP Project 2014: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association Mural Project

The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association’s (DNDA) Youngstown Cultural Arts mural project, completed in August 2014, was the final phase of a two year project to address graffiti plaguing South Delridge. The project was made possible in part by a grant from the Work Readiness Art Program (WRAP). WRAP, a youth focused granting program, in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), provides funding to arts, cultural and community organizations that link arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.

From July 14 to August 14, 2014 a large scale collaborative mural was installed along the parking lot retaining wall at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, directly across the street from the Delridge Skate Park.  DNDA and Youngstown staff collaborated with professional artists, youth, and community stakeholders to create the design and paint the 210 foot wall, adding depth, color and art along the busy thoroughfare.

Eight students worked to develop art skills under the instruction of local artists Louis Chinn and Sara Ferguson, who guided the students through the design and painting process. They visited local historical sites and public artworks to learn about the art and history of West Seattle. Afterwards students prepared their initial design ideas and presented them to a panel of city officials, community leaders, and Youngstown residents. They took questions and feedback from the panel, and incorporated what was discussed into their final designs. Student participants not only got to explore their artistic talents while engaging with their community, but also learned valuable job skills they can draw upon throughout their lives.

We asked David Bestock, director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center about the highlights of the project:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The completed mural reflected the community and history of the area, and further established an artistic and cultural identity for Delridge.
  • Created from youth-generated ideas, it also tells a story of environmental justice along the Duwamish River, and participants benefited from collaborations with the Duwamish Tribe and Longhouse.
  • The community loved the vibrant and expressive mural and the ribbon cutting ceremony was very well attended and covered by local media.
  • In addition, a group of youth enrolled in a RecTech media program at the Delridge Community Center used the creation of the mural as an opportunity to create a documentary, further increasing the impact of the project.

Last year WRAP invested $162,274 in 11 programs that engaged and trained youth as this program did. WRAP applications are currently open for the 2015 cycle and close on April 1. For more information about programs or to apply go to: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/youth_employment_program.asp

Photo credit: Jenny Crooks