The Seattle Project: The Center School Connection

January 23 – May 31, 2010

To engage with this arts-focused public high school in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, the Frye Museum Store invited art teacher Wyn Pottinger-Levy and her class of graphic design students in a graphic design and Career Technical Education course to design teen-oriented products to be sold in the Store during the run of the Tim Rollins and Seattle Project exhibitions. In addition to designing products, the students worked with Store Manager Karla Glanzman to source manufacturers, develop a budget, set retail prices, oversee the production, and design the Store’s exhibit space.

As a result of this project, the teens created a knit-it-yourself iPod sock kit, a Frye-themed T-shirt, and patches and guitar picks using images from the Frye Collection. These products can be purchased now in the Museum Store.

The Center School is a small public high school in the Seattle School District with a focus on the arts and community engagement. The school utilizes resources in the heart of Seattle's cultural, civic and arts communities, to extend learning beyond the classroom walls by using professional venues for drama classes, creating partnerships with local artists, and maintaining involvement in the city.

The Center School Connection is initiated by the Frye Art Museum in collaboration with the Center School art teacher Wyn Pottinger-Levy and Graphic Design/CTE students. Frye Art Museum project coordinator: Karla Glanzman. This project is funded by the Frye Foundation and the Grousemont Foundation with support from the Center School.

The Seattle Project

The Seattle Project is a series of collaborative exhibitions and projects commissioned by the Frye to celebrate the Museum’s fifty-eight year-old commitment to community outreach and art education. The Project reflects the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration in Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History, and it places that exhibition in the context of the needs of our community in Seattle. Above all, it acknowledges the excellent work of partner organizations Arts Corps, Path with Art, and the Center School.

The Seattle Project also includes I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me and Public Belongings.

Image Credits:
Photo: Wyn Pottinger-Levy
iPod sock created by students in The Center School Connection.
T-shirt created by students in The Center School Connection.
Patches created by students in The Center School Connection.
Guitar picks created by students in The Center School Connection.