HIT THE STREETS
For over seven hundred participants, Hit the Streets has been an opportunity to problem-solve creatively, handle a job successfully, and make a positive impact on their community. Since the 1990’s, Hit the Streets youth have created permanent public art throughout the Central Area, from the Millennium Tree at Garfield Community Center to the entryways to Powell Barnett Park and Flo Ware Park to the Pillars or Equity at Thurgood Marshall Elementary.
More recently Coyote has shifted the focus of Hit the Streets away from fixed permanent art to making public art that is portable and can be moved to different venues, which has greatly expanded the variety of materials available and has freed the youth to have more complete ownership of what they create. We have also added performance art to each project to expand the range of talents that Hit the Streets can showcase and to create smaller creative teams with lower student to artist ratios.
PROJECT GOALS + VALUES
Introduction to public art with a vision for how it could unfold in a student’s future
Investment in community (impact/legacy/voice/change)
Opportunity to work with professional artists and with professional equipment
Direct opportunity for youth voice/perspective
Development of community and SEL skills amongst a diverse range of students in a shared medium.
Development of healthy habits regarding work environment (ie: time management, timeliness, professional demeanor, communication skills, on task behavior)
Quality, well thought out and produced artwork that represents students and Coyote well.
Who // 24 youth, ages 13-15, who display a particular skillset and/or express a strong interest in the arts. Priority will be given to those students who are from marginalized communities.
What // Public Art Installation + Performance
Visual Arts Team (12 kids)
Performance Arts Team (12 kids)
Where // Coyote Central | 2300 East Cherry Street | Seattle, WA 98122
When // July 15 - 19 + July 22 - 26 + Performance on July 27
Why // Hit the Streets gives young people the opportunity to exercise their voice and impact their community through public art. Students gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a professional artist as well as a sense of what their own future might be like as a creative professional. In addition, Hit the Streets develops basic job readiness skills and provides an opportunity for youth to earn money as part of a pre-workforce population.