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FALL 2017 | From Pictures to Pixels: Art in the 21st century


Join us this fall to explore expression in the 21st century. Our teaching artist Selena Velasco will bring you on a journey, looking at the relationship between physical and digital art, and finding ways we are able to bring our inner truth to life.

YouthCAN was recently award a technology grant from the City of Seattle, which means that workshops will also include digital lessons, such as Adobe Creative Suite, to help support your work.

At the end of the program, you will be able exhibit their work at the Wing early in 2018.

The program is free and open to anyone. Come with your imagination and we will provide the rest. All materials are provided by the museum.

FALL SESSION 2017  Details



Program Details:

November 3 – January 26  (every Friday)


This session takes place onsite at the Wing Luke Museum in the Chinatown International District (719 S King Street, Seattle WA 98104). Light lunch will be provided for each class day.

The museum is also able to provide bus tokens and Orca passes for those that need it.

What is YouthCAN?

artwork by Nicky Kaman

I learned that I have to make my own milestones in life so there is a legacy that I leave behind.
–Yu, age 19, YouthCAN participant

The Wing offers free after-school and summer programs for teens. YouthCAN (grades 9-12) and Teensway (grades 6-8) provide youth with hands-on opportunities to express themselves creatively and develop leadership and communication skills, while learning about their cultural heritage. Teens work with an artist mentor and Museum staff to develop and produce their own exhibitions in the Frank Fujii Youth Space gallery at The Wing.


Pictured: Joshua Heim, Exhibits Developer and King Lau, Youth Participant, of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, with First Lady Michelle Obama

In 2010, YouthCAN received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

"Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites nominations for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP), which is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school, afterschool, and summer arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s youth, particularly those from underserved communities. The NAHYP Awards are a signature initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with IMLS, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). IMLS and its partners encourage programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities to participate.

Each year, the NAHYP Awards recognize and support excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement, in addition to presenting high-quality arts and humanities learning opportunities. The twelve award recipients of 2011 will receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC where they receive capacity-building and communications support designed to strengthen their organization.

On Wednesday, October 20, First Lady Michelle Obama honored the 2010 awardees at ceremony held at the White House. The awardees were lauded by Mrs. Obama for engaging youth in the arts and the humanities and generating a broad range of positive outcomes.  

"This year’s awardees are shining examples of using success in the arts and humanities as a bridge to success in life," said Mrs. Obama. "Through them, our young people are not only discovering new talents and finding their creative voices, but also becoming better students, better leaders, and better citizens. It’s not a surprise that most of the young people participating in these programs, including those in some of our most at-risk communities, graduate from high-school and go on to college."




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