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Over 500 Students Attend Creative Economy Career Day 2024

Illustration by Otts Bolisay

“Youth are the future and creativity is the future,” said Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Director Gülgün Kayim during her opening remarks at Creative Economy Career Day. On Friday, Feb. 9, more than 500 students were welcomed to McCaw Hall in Seattle Center to attend the sold out event.

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Students in McCaw Hall

Creative Economy Career Day is a free, annual, one-day educational program by the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts & Culture providing a learning opportunity for young people, ages 14-24, by giving them free, direct access to Creative Industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, education and industry vendor tabling, and performance. Participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities in select creative industries.

Events like this allow youth to explore opportunities outside of the industry binaries, there’s cohabitation between music, art, and technology.

Jason Clackly, Vera Project
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Vera Project Staff

Educators get to be in fellowship and talk too. And, my Sugiyama High School students are making videos of their monologues with the Vera Project right now.

Steve Sneed
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Steve Sneed

What a turnout! I’m so glad The Creative Advantage was able to work with the Seattle Public School career technical education counselors to bring 280 students here on buses.

Gail Sehlhorst, SPA Visual & Performing Arts Manager
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Gail Sehlhorst

We need to foster the potential and the dreams of our young people to create a better world.

Reese Tanimura, Northwest Folklife
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Gülgün Kayim and Reese Tanimura

I am a college and career specialist at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way and this has been fantastic! I am learning so much myself about all these avenues, resources, and opportunities. Our students have been engaged and enjoying themselves. We are really hoping to come again next year.

Alicia Luke, Todd Beam High School
A teacher with lots of bags and lanyards smiles in front of a group of students wearing VR headsets.