Photos, Dumplings, Kirkland. (In that Order)
One of Joe R’s images featured at Dumpling Tzar this week.

One of Joe R’s images featured at Dumpling Tzar this week.

The Fremont Art Walk is upon us and Youth in Focus will be represented at the Fremont location of Dumpling Tzar. Stop by and see some NEW teen work from the 2019 Spring Quarter of programming, grab a plate of really fantastic dumplings and hang out in the very cool outdoor patio space with Chris for a while.

Fremont Art Walk is Aug 2, 6-9pm. 3516 Fremont Place Seattle, WA 98103 (close to Lenin)

 

A photo by Vanessa M, exhibited at Kirkland Arts Center beginning August 16th.

A photo by Vanessa M, exhibited at Kirkland Arts Center beginning August 16th.

Looking ahead, we are very excited to announce a show at Kirkland Arts Center that we’ve been working on since early this year. Works in Progress is a group show featuring the photography of Youth in Focus teens as well as art from youth at Make Your Mark and YouthCare.

From the Kirkland Arts Center Facebook Page:

Featuring art works from Seattle based organizations Youth in Focus, YouthCare as well as the Kirkland Art Centers own Make Your Mark program, Works in Progress gives a glimpse into how these mission driven organizations work with professional artists to develop curriculum to support youth in developing their own voice through the arts.
This reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and drinks for purchase. Ample free street parking.

Come celebrate the opening with us, August 16th, from 6-8pm at Kirkland Arts Center at what promises to be an inspiring show from Seattle-area youth artists.

 

Do you know of a venue that would host framed photos from Youth in Focus? Let us know in the comments.

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Celebrate 25 years of youth development and photography with us!

Volunteer with Youth in Focus this Fall
No time like the present for reawakening those old darkroom skills.

No time like the present for reawakening those old darkroom skills.

Are you:

  • A photographer?

  • Good with teens?

  • Able to devote time and energy to your community?

  • Up for a challenge?

  • A darkroom wizard?

  • A Photoshop wizard?

  • An ACTUAL wizard?

As we approach the Fall Quarter and begin to fill classes in Digital and Darkroom photography we are taking applications for qualified volunteer mentors who are excited about youth development, photography and sharing their knowledge and experience with a diverse group of teens. Mentors pledge a total of 40-50 hrs per quarter over 8 weeks and are instrumental in our programs, providing hands on learning, technical guidance and support to staff and Teaching Artists.

Mentors from all walks of life are encouraged to apply.

Chloe, a mentor in Beginning Darkroom, poses for an Instax photo by Diana R.

Chloe, a mentor in Beginning Darkroom, poses for an Instax photo by Diana R.

Collaboration with the Kenyan Youth Photo Program

In January 2019 we were approached by a photographer and teacher in Kenya who runs a photography school for youth in Nairobi. Justus Mulwa had his own program working with youth from his neighborhood, some of them refugees or child soldiers, and teaching them photography skills they could use as a way to heal or as a way to train for future employment. Similar to the way Youth in Focus Student Leaders work with Teaching Artists on headshot and event photography jobs, it looked like Justus’s group was doing the same thing with events and even weddings in Africa.

Knowing the power of photography and its positive impact on youth, we wanted to connect our two organizations, virtually pairing our students across the globe. Together, we came up with a list of words that we assigned youth in both programs and had them interpret those words, photographically. We chose words that would give the youth a lot of creative latitude to explore their own ideas and voice. Students in the Youth in Focus Winter 2019 Quarter incorporated this assignment into their digital and darkroom photography classes.

We are excited to report back that we recently received images back from Justus and the youth that he works with in Nairobi. The images on the left are from Kenya, the ones on the right, or in the middle, are from Youth in Focus.

Claire (Nairobi) and Sitara (Seattle) both chose the word “Peaceful”

Claire (Nairobi) and Sitara (Seattle) both chose the word “Peaceful”

Silvia (Nairobi) and Guisepi (Seattle) both had “Moments”

Silvia (Nairobi) and Guisepi (Seattle) both had “Moments”

Shanice (Nairobi) and Rhys (Seattle) shared the word “Powerful.”

Shanice (Nairobi) and Rhys (Seattle) shared the word “Powerful.”

This collaboration was a great way to connect with other artists, educators and most importantly, youth in different parts of the world. It makes us appreciate the way communication, and sharing of information, has become effortless, allowing us to work on creative projects like this with nearly anyone who has an internet connection. It’s been an exciting reminder that images have their own language and that we can find meaning in them, regardless of who took them or where.

Youth in Focus sends a BIG thank you to Justus and all of the youth he works with at Gizzim in Narobi, Africa.

Kiir (Nairobi), Aamina (Seattle), and Carl (Nairobi), “Inspiration.”

Kiir (Nairobi), Aamina (Seattle), and Carl (Nairobi), “Inspiration.”

Ashley Mouldon
First week of 2019 Summer Camps in the books!
Students on a field trip to the Columbia City neighborhood.

Students on a field trip to the Columbia City neighborhood.

We wanted to share a few of the images from Creative Digital and Creative Darkroom Summer Camps. Both classes are an all-day, week-long intensive photography camp that teach students about everything from correct exposure and composition to storytelling and art literacy. We got lucky this year with good weather and a trip to the Frye Art Museum to see the new portraits by Tojin Ojih Odutola. Check out the photos from our adventures and some of the final work.

Lunch at Seattle’s Union Station.

Lunch at Seattle’s Union Station.

Eliis gets close for a macro shot.

Eliis gets close for a macro shot.

In the line of fire for the action shot.

In the line of fire for the action shot.

Audrey shows us her first darkroom print.

Audrey shows us her first darkroom print.

Each class created large, 13 x 19 prints as a final project that were on display during an Open House for family and friends on the last day.

If you’re looking for an opportunity for your young photographer in the Seattle area we have camps in Digital and Darkroom photography, Street, Nature and Storytelling.

Summer Quarter starts July 29th for Black and White Darkroom and Digital Photography classes for youth 13 - 19 years old, scholarships are available.

Support the mission of Youth in Focus by purchasing a ticket to our 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Ashley Mouldon
Fall 2019 End of Quarter Show

Mark your calendars for November 14th at 5pm and join us at our student’s Fall End of Quarter Show! Their final photos, self portraits and artist statements will be on display. You will also get the chance to hear them speak about their photographic journey, skills they have learned such as critical thinking and problem solving and how the arts have made a positive difference in their lives. A big thank you to our funding partner for this quarter: 4Culture. We could not do this work without them!

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Ashley Mouldon
Welcome our new Executive Director

Youth in Focus is excited to announce that Samantha Kelly joins us as our new Executive Director. Samantha has a passion for creating space where people can connect, feel valued, and achieve their full potential. She brings that energy and her more than 20 years of art museum education experience to Youth in Focus as a champion for our mission to empower youth. "I look forward to working with the staff, board, students, and community partners to strategically lead the organization forward in creating even more opportunities for access to arts and photography so youth can envision and create a brighter future for themselves and the communities they call home."  


To learn more about Samantha and read the full announcement, please click here.

Ashley Mouldon
Spring 2019 End of Quarter Show

June 6, 5:00pm at Youth in Focus (2100 24th Ave S, Seattle 98144)

Meet the students who have spent the past eight weeks learning how to use photography to tell their personal stories. Hear them speak about their artwork and view their photography. This event is free and open to the public! Thank you to the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for their generous support of our Spring 2019 Quarter - we could not do this important work with out them!

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Ashley Mouldon
King County Metro Photomural Project


Since 2015, we have had 32 students and 56 photos that they created at Youth in Focus, selected to hang up on bus shelters throughout King County for up to seven years through the King County Metro Photomural Project!  Keep an eye out for their work in your neighborhood and if you see it send us a photo at yif (at) youthinfocus (dot) org.

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