Applications for Create 2022 are currently closed. Check back in the Spring of 2023!

July 11-17 2022, 11AM-5PM Daily

Location: El Rio Event Space (836 S Kenyon St Seattle, WA 98108)

Can play, joy, and creativity regenerate us, community, and this planet? Y-WE Create 2022 will focus on discovering ways to create and experience narratives of joy. Over the arc of the week, we will learn about how our creativity can build a practice of tending to ourselves and our communities. We will try on different techniques for grounding with intention and connecting with our somatic experiences. We will explore different artistic modalities for storytelling, play, and reflection as an avenue to cultivate joy in our lives.

Facilitated by Lashanna Williams and Mari Shibuya.

Track options:

Intro to Mural with Perri Rhoden

Join Perri at Create this Summer to learn and install a collaborative mural onto a wall! Participants will learn how to empower one another through project-based collaboration, build self-confidence in creativity, and develop an idea from concept to execution.
We will create a collaborative and dynamic design sourced completely from participants. The design will be painted on a wall or unstretched canvas. Expect to get your hands dirty- wear comfortable clothing and sunscreen. Bring those jeans you always wanted to decorate in paint splatters! And bring your best self.

Where The Wild Things Grow (Techniques for extraction and isolation of natural products) with Melanie Granger

Many plants have held a central position for many cultures throughout history. In this track we will learn, create, forage and discover local Native plants used by the Duwamish (people of the land of PNW). During our exploration of South Park Seattle we will create medicinal salves, creative art and much more from the plants we harvest.

Let’s Sew with Jackie Amatucci

In this track, we will learn the basics of sewing a garment, making a bag, understanding a sewing machine and creating items we love. We also will spend time understanding the process of where our clothes come from, and how they end up in landfills. Fast fashion is unsustainable. Becoming creators of culture rather than consumers empowers us to make choices that work. The main purpose of Let’s Sew is to have FUN while learning wonderful skills that we have in our repertoire to build creative lives.

Y-WE Create Camp

I [am taking] away that I am a good person who can trust myself to take social and creative risks without the fear of making mistakes.

— Y-WE Create Youth


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*those who identify as women or girls or who were assigned female at birth