West Seattle festival season is about to kick into high gear, and one of the upcoming events has just gone public with more details of what you can expect: Delridge Day — May 30th at Youngstown Arts Center — will be themed “FRESH,” focusing on everything from fresh food to fresh arts creations and fresh community involvement. One highlight: A “micro-farmers’ market” with organic produce. Read on for more details of what’s just been announced:
On Saturday, May 30th, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA), in conjunction with the King County Food and Fitness Association (KCFFI), will host Delridge Day: FRESH, an annual all-day celebration with this year’s focus on community, local and fresh food, an active lifestyle, and the arts.
For the first time, Delridge Day will feature a micro-farmers’ market produced by Tiny’s Organic Farm. The day will feature performances by local musicians such as Amos Miller & Friends, Seattle Fandango Project’s Quetzal, and Canary Sing. Youth programs ALL-ACCESS and the Food Education Empowerment and Sustainability Team (FEEST) will each showcase their work, and neighborhood collective TEAM Delridge will present their ongoing community assessments in the areas of food resources and built environment. Partnering artists Jeromeskee of Massive Monkeys, Jonathan Matas, Mandy Greer, the sew people, and others will facilitate ongoing, interactive art projects and workshops accessible to all, including: break dancing, public mural, community
crocheting, DIY fashion, and more. Local non-profit Youth in Focus will
hang their photography in the Promenade of the Center, and the projected
Delridge Skate Park Project will also be on hand to discuss and
illustrate their progress to integrate public art into the project.
FEEST, TEAM Delridge and Tiny’s Farmer’s Market at Delridge Day
participate as a result of local organization King County Food and
Fitness Initiative (KCFFI), a coalition formed to foster vibrant
communities with access to locally grown, healthy, affordable food and
safe and inviting places for physical activity and play. FEEST will
produce a Battle of the Chefs, a mentor versus youth cook-off, with
local celebrity judges.
The outdoor mainstage will host a variety of family-friendly musical
talents in partnership with The Vera Project. Local producer Amos
Miller, who has collaborated with hip-hop and R&B talents Piece Kelley,
Choklate, Silent Lamb Project, Vitamin D and Damien Black, will showcase
his newest material with a cast of musicians, vocalists and dancers
including Canary Sing. Also performing is Seattle Fandango Project,
featuring members of East LA’s Quetzal, a contemporary blend of Mexican
and Afro-Cuban rhythms. In addition, a showcase of youth performances by
the incredible young talents of the Youngstown’s ALL-ACCESS program,
presenting work from classes in studio recording, break dancing, rock
band, and DIY fashion, to name a few.
The creative arts workshops will occur throughout the day and are
designed to include participants of all ages. Additionally, Battle of
the Chefs, a Mentor vs. Youth cooking demonstration, and healthy
food-related resources will be available. In anticipation of the
Delridge Skate Park to be located at Genesee and Delridge Way, the Skate
Park Art Advisory Board will be on hand to discuss plans for the park
and will put on fun and interactive skateboarding activities.
The event is sponsored by DNDA, KCFFI, Department of Neighborhoods, the
Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4 Culture.
The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a program of DNDA, is in the
historic Youngstown/Frank B. Cooper School, and is located in the heart
of the Delridge neighborhood in West Seattle. Youngstown is a unique
multi-purpose facility dedicated to arts, education, and to the
provision of space for members of the community to live, create,
converse, and perform.
This event is free and community members of all ages are encouraged to