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Arts Partner Spotlight

TotemstarARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Totem Star. Housed at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Delridge, Totem Star empowers youth with life skills through music production, performance, and business experience to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Using the model of a record label, youth create and perform music, produce public events, and contribute to their communities as working artists and organizers.

As a community arts partner Totem Star collaborates with teachers to create a customized music curriculum to fit the needs of students at all grade levels, complementing core subject themes in the classroom. K-5 students may enjoy a beginner `ukulele class while 6-8 students write lyrics to a song and record vocals. 9-12 students may be interested in producing beats or starting a band.

Through flexibility in arts and music learning and a commitment to 21st century learning skills, Totem Star strives to engage youth in meaningful projects with a transformative impact on their lives.

On Friday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. Totem Star presents their 2nd annual Winter Magic youth arts showcase. The event will be held at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and will feature music, dance, poetry and more. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information visit:

About the roster:

The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage.  Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to access this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants


Image courtesy of Totem Star