Partnership for Youth

The Partnership for Youth program is an ongoing partnership between the Associated Recreation Council at Yesler Community Center and the Frye Art Museum. During each free workshop series, teens work with trained professionals to learn skills that can be transferred to a career. The works created during each session culminate in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Benchmarks: Public Architecture in the City

March 12 – May 10, 2018
4:30–6:30 pm

Yesler Community Center and Frye Art Museum

What is design? What is architecture? During this course, students will learn how to apply design-thinking strategies: from identifying a problem and brainstorming open-ended solutions, to testing and implementation. Students will undergo a complete process to collaborate on the design and production of a bench. Using this common form that is closely associated with public space, students will explore public architecture as a lens through which to perceive the city.

The teaching artist team includes Olson Kundig architects Laura Bartunek and John Hallock, and University of Washington Architecture Professor Jim Nicholls. Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs, will organize the exhibition (June 16 - October 14, 2018).

This program is presented by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with Associated Recreation Council RechTech program at Yesler Community Center, Olson Kundig, and the University of Washington Department of Architecture. Funding for the program is provided by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Frye Art Museum members.

Upcoming Events


To register, contact Mr. Asfaha Lemlem, RechTech/Yesler Lead at Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Class sizes are limited to 10 teens (ages 14–18). Students that complete their projects will receive a stipend.

Previous Partnership for Youth Exhibitions

ALIVE Flora, Light, and Water in the Seattle Landscape
June 3–September 10, 2017
This Partnership for Youth workshop series focused on landscape photography with local photographer and teaching artist Carina del Rosario providing instruction in digital photography, and production assistance from Adam Jabari. Watch a video produced by program partners Multimedia Resource Training Institute.

Those Without Voice
December 10, 2016–April 2, 2017
During this Partnership for Youth workshop series, teens worked with Derek Edamura, a film editor and video producer, to learn about digital media and video production.