Teens help to bring art opportunities to their peers

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
By Valerie Guenther 1
WOODINVILLE — Local area teens are putting on an art exhibit at the Sammamish Valley Fall Festival Sept. 28 at 21 Acres in Woodinville.
The group is part of a Teen Arts Council program conducted by the Woodinville Arts Alliance.
“This year is the first year of Teen Arts Alliance Youth Art Exhibit program and it is going strong,” said WAA Development Chair Nicole Stremlow Monahan. “For the past several months the Teen Council has been organizing a professional art exhibit to showcase art open to youth all around the Puget Sound that has been
juried in.”
The Teen Arts Council is composed of a group of nine students who Stremlow Monahan said have been selected to be leaders in their community. Those students must then meet specific requirements in order to participate in the program.
“They must be 14 years-old to apply for 1-of-10 available spots,” Stremlow Monahan said. “Each kid is given a specific leadership role to perform that mimics Arts Alliance board members … president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, development chair, program chair, marketing executive, and tech support, and must tell us how they will perform in that role, and how they intend to give back to the community. They will then sit in on our meetings and give us updates as to what they are doing.”
Once accepted into the program, the teens are mentored by members of the WAA and local creative professionals who help the students develop creative skills, gain leadership experience, and learn of the options in creative fields. They also learn how to put on a show, about the marketing aspect of it, and about grant restrictions.
“The last couple of months these kids have really stepped up to the plate and are working really hard to make the art show a success." 
Members of the Woodinville Teen Arts Alliance board will be judges for the upcoming show. 
“They will be looking for creative and craftsmanship excellence in the entries. Prizes for the top three placing art pieces will be given out,” Stremlow Monahan said. “An opportunity will also be offered to the community to pick its favorite piece.” 
Plans are in the works for next year’s group of inspiring local artists to paint a mural for the city.
Teens interested in applying for the 2020 council are asked to contact Stremlow Monahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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