Creative Advantage Summer Institute returns to live and in-person

Tina Rapadura

Creative AAdvantage Summer Institute returns in person to the Seattle Art Museum on Thursday, August 18, 10am-4pm This day of professional learning is a creative start for the 2022-23 school year and a time for teachers, teaching artists, community arts partners, arts administrators and education leaders to reconvene, get inspired and explore new collaborations.

The event features members of the Creative Advantage Community Arts Partnership roster and includes panel discussions, workshops, networking, student performances, lunch and clock time. The event is free, but registration is required.


Program Highlights

  • The Art Is the Way panel – moderated by Ashraf Hasham, manager of partnerships, education and grants at the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture – will include:
  • Workshops from all featured organizations focusing on four different artistic disciplines:
    • Individual + Collective Empowerment Theater with Red Eagle Soaring (RES) is a workshop that will focus on the individual and collective empowerment of our Red Eagle Soaring performing arts-related activities, the importance of bringing storytelling to the forefront of our holistic and educational growth mindset, and maintaining This part of our life is full of energy. This workshop will be moderated by the RES project manager Nicole Suyama (Inupiaq) and RES Youth Olivia Fan and Sophia Fan (Cherokee) + Isaac Benelli-Brooks (So. Cheyenne/dining’/Nakota).
    • Rhapsody Project Interaction heritage layer The workshop will provide participants with activities and tools to help people of all backgrounds explore the various layers of their identity and more fully root in their place as cultural bearers.Sharing and discussing the different elements that make up one’s legacy Whether it’s a person’s race, the land or community we grew up in, or the traditions we’ve been drawn to Participants will celebrate or express themselves musically and in writing.
    • dance for all is a dynamic exchange workshop with Spectrum Dance Theatre artists and teachers. Dance For All is open to athletes of all ages and skill levels, and participants will explore dance as a medium for self-expression and social connection. Centered on the work of the Spectrum Dance Theatre and Donald Byrd, students will engage in a physical exploration of dance as an art form and a tool for social citizenship.
    • Art Behavior Teaching The Seattle Art Museum (TAB) is an art teaching philosophy where students learn to think like artists. The TAB philosophy states that the child is the artist and the classroom is the artist’s studio. In this session, educators will discuss how to inspire and guide young people to connect with artworks in galleries and develop their craft.This seminar will be Liu Yaoyao and teaching artists, Alicia Beatty.

Special thanks to Yamada Masao As well as outstanding young artists from Ground Zero (GZ) Radio, who will be on hand with The Creative Advantage for media coverage throughout the event.

meet a facilitator

Russell Brooks (So. Cheyenne) is the executive director of Seattle Redhawks Soar. Raised in Montana, Russell was a former radio disc jockey and film producer and co-founder/board member of Olympia Films Group. Russell also works on band promotions and bookings and the preservation of arts and cultural spaces. Russell is passionate about continuing to create opportunities for Indigenous artists and actors in the performing arts, as well as for Indigenous storytellers to unleash their creativity in a variety of media, incorporate opportunities to tell their stories, and find the support necessary to bring their visions together Bringing it to the wider public, as well as collaborating with a larger community of artists.

Nicole Suyama (Inupiaq) is a RES program manager and a RES alumnus who has been with the organization since the age of 11. Nicole is a musician, actor, director, teaching artist, and defending North American Champion of the World Karaoke Tour.

Joe Simmons A musician and teacher, he co-founded The Rhapsody Project in 2013 with Ben Hunter. By exploring his local heritage in Pacific Northwest folk music and lore, and the history of prejudice plagued within it, Joe’s work as a singer and teacher merges with his commitment to agitate for social justice. A descendant of the Aurora, Oregon colony, Joe continues to explore how his personal legacy connects him to that of the region. To uncover songs and stories that have survived, and those that have been forgotten or suppressed, Joe, along with his partners on the Rhapsody project, harnesses the power of root music to create empathy and equity. When he’s not playing with Ben Hunter, Joe plays with his Portland band Timberbound.

Stephanie Gillan, Originally from New York, danced for Donald Byrd/The Group on Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway Purple as a dance captain and swing dancer, as well as Disney’s lion kingHer performance background also includes music videos and commercial dance productions touring in the US and Europe.She has served as rehearsal director for Mr. Bird’s Company, his assistant on numerous projects at the Alvin Avery American Dance Theater, and has assisted with equity workshops. Purple On Broadway and White Noise. Working with youth, she directs the Dance Through Obstacles program at the Harlem Dance Theater, Disney’s Lion King Cub School, WRArts, and Educational Arts. Before moving to Washington in 2020, she was a summer faculty member at the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program for five years and worked at Bounce Summer Intensive in New York City. She was an adjunct dance professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY for 9 years and is a multi-certified ACE certified personal trainer.In addition to her main projects, her passion projects raise a beautiful child It’s her fitness company that kicks my asset. She will join the Spectrum Dance Academy in 2021 as school director.

Liu Yaoyao is the Schools and Education Program Manager at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). She joined SAM in 2018 as a Museum Educator at the Asian Art Museum in Seattle, creating resources and programs for students, educators, and families. Yaoyao holds a BA in English with a minor in Asian Languages ​​and Cultures from the University of Michigan, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Washington. Outside of SAM, she serves as a volunteer manager for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, promoting youth participation in filmmaking and community building.

Alicia Beatty is a local artist who has been affiliated with the Seattle Art Museum since 2008, teaching pre-K-12 students and educators in classes, workshops, and special events. Born and raised in Seattle, they hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington. Their current prints based on Xerox collages reflect their involvement with the punk and queer communities over the past 20 years. In addition to being an artist and craftsman, they are also a 35mm film projectionist and work on the preservation of physical media while working at the Scarecrow Video Archive.

Aaron Walker – Loud is an artist, bandleader, composer, producer and educator. He is the founder and director of Big World Breaks (BWB), a production company built for performance, studio and education, with Janelle Monae, Kool DJ Red Alert, Digable Planets, DJ Qbert, Macklemore, Reggie Watts, Saul shared the stage with Williams and more. BWB also produced live performance support for Grammy nominated singers Wayna and a variety of artists including Rocky Dawuni, Sy Smith, Zo!, Dynamq, Choklate, Kimberly Nichole, Massive Monkees and Xperience. Aaron is an alumnus of CD Music Factory: Washington Middle School Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Knatt, and Garfield High School Jazz Orchestra/Drumline, under the direction of Clarence Acox. Walker-Loud began working with teens and families in 1999, eventually becoming Seattle Jazz Education Director (2010-2016), Teaching Artist for the Art Troupe (2008-present), and Drum Director for Washington Middle School (2008-2016) and O’ Dea High School (2012-2018).Most recently, Walker-Loud was a member of The Creative Advantage roster, co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide in 2012, founded the award-winning generational BWB Drumline in 2015, and co-curated the The Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop The Mohai exhibit (over 31,000 attendees and 20 co-produced events) received the 2016 American State and Local Historical Association Historical Leadership Award, the most prestigious recognition of achievement in preserving and interpreting state and local history. “

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