Creative Advantage Summer Institute returns live and in person

By Tina La Padula

The Creative Aadvantage The Summer Institute returns in person to the Seattle Art Museum on Thursday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This day of professional learning is the creative kick-off to the 2022-23 school year, and a time for teachers, teaching artists, community arts partners, arts administrators and education leaders to gather, inspire and explore new collaborations.

The event features members of The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster and includes panels, workshops, networking, student performances, lunch and clock hours. The event is FREE, but registration is required.


Program Highlights

  • The “Arts Are The Way” panel – moderated by Ashraf Hasham, Head of Partnerships, Education and Grants for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture – will feature:
  • Workshops from all featured organizations showcasing four different artistic disciplines:
    • Theater for personal and collective empowerment with Red Eagle Soaring (RES) is a workshop that will focus on personal and collective empowerment of our performing arts activities Red Eagle Soaring, the importance of putting storytelling at the forefront of our mindset of holistic and nurturing growth, and to keep that part of us vibrant throughout our lives. This workshop will be led by the RES program manager Nicole Suyama (Inupiaq) and young RES Olivia Vann & Sophia Vann (Cherokee) +Isaac Benally Brooks (So. Cheyenne/Dine’/Nakota).
    • The Rhapsody Project Interactive Heritage layers The workshop will provide participants with activities and tools that will help people from all walks of life explore the layers of their identity and root themselves more deeply in their status as culture bearers. By sharing and discussing the different elements that make up a person’s heritage whether it’s our ethnicity, the land or community we grew up in, or the traditions we come to absorb participants will celebrate or express themselves in musical and written form.
    • Dance for all is a workshop that offers a dynamic exchange with the artists and instructors of the Spectrum Dance Theater. Open to movers of all ages and skill levels, Dance For All attendees will explore dance as a means of self-expression and social connection. Focusing on the work of Spectrum Dance Theater and Donald Byrd, students will engage in a physical exploration of dance as an art form and as a social civic tool.
    • Teaching artistic behavior (TAB) with the Seattle Art Museum is an art education philosophy in which students learn to think like artists. The TAB philosophy states that the child is the artist and the classroom is the artist’s studio. During this session, educators will discuss how to inspire and guide young people to connect with the artworks in galleries and develop their art. This workshop will be co-facilitated by Yaoyao Liu and teaching artist, Alicia Betty.

Special thanks to Massao Yamada and the incredible young artists of Radio Ground Zero (GZ)who will be on hand in conjunction with The Creative Advantage for media coverage of the entire event.

Meet the facilitators

Russell Brooks (So. Cheyenne) is the executive director of Red Eagle Soaring in Seattle. Russell grew up in Montana and is a former radio disc jockey, and is also a filmmaker and co-founder/board member of the Olympia Film Collective. Russell also works with promoting and booking groups, and preserving arts and cultural spaces. Russell is passionate about continuing to create opportunities for Indigenous performing arts artists and performers, as well as Indigenous storytellers to unleash their creativity across all mediums, combining opportunities to tell their stories and finding the necessary support to bring their vision to the general public. , as well as collaboration with artists from the wider community.

Nicole Suyama (Inupiaq) is the RES program manager and an RES alumnus, having been with the organization since he was 11 years old. Nicole is a musician, actress, director, teaching artist and also the reigning North American World Karaoke Tour Champion.

Joe Seamons is a musician and teacher who co-founded The Rhapsody Project with Ben Hunter in 2013. Exploring his local heritage of Pacific Northwest music and folk traditions, and the troubled history of prejudice, Joe’s work as a that singer and teacher merged with his commitment. campaign for social justice. A descendant of Aurora Colony in Oregon, Joe continues to explore the ways his personal heritage connects him to the heritage of this region. Shedding light on the songs and stories that have been preserved, as well as those that have been forgotten or deleted, Joe works with his partners in the Rhapsody project to harness the power of roots music to create empathy and equity. When not performing with Ben Hunter, Joe performs with his Portland-based band Timberbound.

Stephanie Guiland, originally from New York, danced for Donald Byrd/The Group, Complexions on Broadway in Oprah Winfrey’s The purple color as a dance and swing captain, and for Disney’s The Lion King. Her performance background also includes touring music videos and commercial dances in the United States and Europe. She was Mr. Byrd’s rehearsal director for his company, his assistant on numerous projects for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has participated in equity workshops for The purple color on Broadway and White Noise. Working with young people, she has taught at Dance Theater of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers program, Disney’s Lion King Cub School, WRArts and Arts in Education. Before moving to Washington in 2020, she was a summer faculty member of the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program for five years and worked for the Bounce Summer Intensive in New York. She was an adjunct professor of dance at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY for nine years and is an ACE certified personal trainer with numerous certifications. His passion project apart from his principal raise a beautiful child is his fitness company, Kick My Assets. She joined The School of Spectrum Dance Theater as School Principal in 2021.

Yaoyao Liu is the Manager of School Programs and Educators at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). She joined SAM in 2018 as a Museum Educator for the Seattle Asian Art Museum, creating resources and programs for students, educators, and families. Yaoyao earned her BA in English with a minor in Asian Languages ​​and Cultures from the University of Michigan and her MA in International Studies from the University of Washington. Outside of SAM, she is the volunteer manager for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, encouraging youth involvement in filmmaking and community building.

Alicia Betty is a local artist affiliated with the Seattle Art Museum since 2008, teaching both K-12 students and educators in the classroom, in workshops, and at special events. Born and raised in Seattle, they hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the University of Washington. Their current prints based on Xerox collages reflect their involvement in the punk and queer community over the past 20 years. As well as being an artist and craftsman, they are 35mm film projectionists and are committed to preserving physical media as part of their work at the Scarecrow Video Archives.

Aaron Walker Loud is an artist, band manager, composer, producer and educator. He is the founder and director of Big World Breaks (BWB), a production company designed for performance, studio and education, which has shared stages with Janelle Monae, Kool DJ Red Alert, Digable Planets, DJ Qbert, Macklemore, Reggie Watts, Saul Williams, and many more. BWB has also produced live shows for various artists such as Grammy nominated singers Wayna and Rocky Dawuni, Sy Smith, Zo!, Dynamq, Choklate, Kimberly Nichole, Massive Monkees and Xperience. Aaron is a proud alumnus of the CD Music Factory: Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Robert Knatt, and Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble/Drumline, under the direction of Mr. Clarence Acox. Walker-Loud began working with youth and families in 1999, eventually becoming Director of Education for Seattle JazzED (2010-2016), Teaching Artist for Arts Corps (2008-present), as well as Drum Director for Washington Middle School (2008 -2016) and O’Dea High School (2012-2018). More recently, Walker-Loud became a member of The Creative Advantage list, co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide in 2012, founded the award-winning cross-generational BWB Drumline in 2015, and co-hosted Seattle’s Hip-Hop Legacy exhibition at MOHAI (with over 31,000 attendees and 20 co-produced events), which won the 2016 American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Award, “the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state history and local history. ”

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