Register now for March and April free online arts classes for youth and teens

Classes are FREE but advance registration is required.

Building on our successful December 2020 pilot program with The Office of Arts and Culture, The Creative Advantage is expanding the Creative Advantage ALL ACCESS Arts Stream (CAAAAS). This March we’re offering FREE, high-quality, accessible, *synchronous* out of school time arts classes for young people. Thanks to The Office of Arts and Culture for organizing the details below.

This collaboration maximizes the community arts education power of the City’s Parks and ARTS offices, Seattle Public Schools,  The Vera Project and teaching artists and youth facilitators from 5 different arts partners: Pacific Northwest BalletArts CorpsTeenTixSeattle Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools, and KUOW’s RadioActive.  

Check out the class information and registration links below and spread the word to the young artists you know! 

Virtual Classes for Elementary Grades

Dancing our Natural World 

Wednesdays, 3 – 4 pm. Starting March 3  
Great for students in grades 2-4  
Register here 
Pacific Northwest Ballet presents movements to share and express what you know, think, and feel. Join teaching artist Ciara McCormack of PNB in using nature and our physical world as inspiration for movement. A link to Webex for the class will be in your email, 2 days prior to class. 

Poetry: Magic Words and Magic Powers

Wednesdays, 4 – 5 pm. Starting March 3 
Great for students in grades 2-5  
Register here 
In a time of disruption and confinement, poetry can be a great tool for grounding youth in the power of imagination and language and inviting them to find new magic in everyday life. Teaching artist Jay Thompson of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ WITS program will invite students to use their five senses, explore their homes, play with words, and delight themselves with their poems. A link to Webex for the class will be in your email, 2 days prior to class.  

Pop-up Books and Paper Magic

Saturdays, 10 – 11 am. Starting March 6
Great for students in grades 3-6.  
Register here 
Learn how to cut and fold paper to create 2D and 3D shapes with teaching artist Jiéyì Ludden of Arts Corps. Together, you’ll explore design strategies, crafting, and storytelling in an inclusive environment.  A link to Webex for the class will be in your email, 2 days prior to class.

Virtual Classes for Teens

SoundBites: Exploring storytelling and radio journalism with RadioActive Youth Media 

Saturdays, 5 – 6:30 pm. Starting March 13 
Register here 
Join teaching artist Kelsey Kupferer andKUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media for a deep-dive into audio storytelling. Each session will focus on a different topic, including narrative storytelling, interviewing like a broadcast journalist, and hosting a podcast. These sessions are geared toward youth who are interested in writing, storytelling, journalism, podcasting, and amplifying youth voice. You can attend each session, or choose just the sessions you’re most interested in. Learn more about RadioActive at kuow.org/radioactive.  

Teen Night with TeenTix for Middle Schoolers  
Saturdays, 7 – 8:30 pm. Starting March 20  
Targeted for Middle School Teens  
Register here 
An evening for high school ages teens with young folx from Teen Tix and teaching artist Alethea Alexander, this virtual Teen Night includes a screening of a performance from a local arts organization and a facilitated conversation and reflection activity on what you just saw. An opportunity for teens to continue to experience amazing local performances and connect!  A link to Webex for the class will be in your email, 2 days prior to class.  

Teen Night with TeenTix for High Schoolers
Saturdays, 7 – 8:30 pm.  Starting March 13  
Targeted for High School Teens  
Register here 
An evening for high school ages teens with young folx from Teen Tix and teaching artist Alethea Alexander, this virtual Teen Night includes a screening of a performance from a local arts organization and a facilitated conversation and reflection activity on what you just saw. An opportunity for teens to continue to experience amazing local performances and connect!  A link to Webex for the class will be in your email, 2 days prior to class.