Frye Art Museum Exhibits Documentary Films Produced by Youth

Written by Laura Paskin
August 12, 2014

East African teens in the Yesler Terrace Youth Media Project worked under the direction of Photography Professor Claire Garoutte  to document the redevelopment, cultural heritage, community, and citizenship of the Yesler Terrace community. Their films will be presented at the Frye Art Museum on August 21, 2014. The photographs will be on display at the Yesler Terrace Community Center through December.

“The Yesler Terrace community is undergoing significant change with the 15-year redevelopment of this low income housing community in the center of our city,” Garoutte said. “These documents illustrate community voice surrounding issues of cross-cultural identity, assimilation, and education.”

An opening reception and film screening is set for August 21 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum. The photographs are on exhibit at the Yesler Terrace Community Center from August 21 to December 31, 2014.

Yesler Terrace Youth Media equips youth with creative tools to be advocates for their changing community through civic dialogue, self-representation, photography, and film. The participants explore issues of community voice, gentrification, culturally relevant economic opportunity, and community led creative placemaking.

“I know that I have a voice, and I’ve learned that this community will face a lot of big changes because of the redevelopment. There needs to be a change in voice,” said 16-year-old Yohanna, who lives at Yesler Terrace.

Seattle University partners with RecTech Yesler, Multimedia Resources and Training Institute, Youth In Focus, Photo Center NW, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to provide this summer opportunity at Yesler Terrace. The program is supported by funding from City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Humanities Washington, and City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.