Partnership for Youth

The Partnership for Youth program is an ongoing partnership between the Associated Recreation Council at Yesler Community Center and the Frye Art Museum. During each free workshop series, teens work with trained professionals to learn skills that can be transferred to a career. The works created during each session culminate in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Storytelling Through Animation

March 18–May 16, 2019
Mondays and Thursdays
4:30–6:30 pm
(Excludes the week of spring break April 8–12)

Frye Art Museum

Ever wonder how to create an animation? Ever wonder how museums put together an exhibition? Come join us at the Frye with Reel Grrls teaching artist, filmmaker, and animator Celena Adler and teaching artist Elise Harper.

Throughout this 8-week program, teens will meet twice a week to learn the essentials of creating a stop-motion animation. Utilizing readily available technology, including computer tablets and applications, students will work together to tell stories, animate, and edit their work into short films. During this process, teens will not only learn a new way of making art using technology, but will gain insights on how films and museum exhibitions are produced.

The program is free to participate and will culminate in an exhibition showcasing the production process and finished animated films, which will be on view at the Frye Art Museum in Summer 2019!

This program is presented by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with Reel Grrls and the Associated Recreation Council RechTech program at Yesler Community Center. Funding for the program is provided by the Grousemont Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Frye Art Museum members. In-kind support is provided by


Upcoming Events

Image: Madeline Courant Rathbun


The program is now concluded. Student works created during the program will be on display in Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation, on view June 22–December 8, 2019

Previous Partnership for Youth Exhibitions

Bench Mark
June 6–December 9, 2018
A Partnership for Youth exhibition, the works in Bench Mark were developed by teens during a nine-week workshop led by teaching artists from the UW School of Architecture and Olson Kundig. Students employed design-thinking strategies to explore public architecture as a lens through which to perceive the city.

ALIVE Flora, Light, and Water in the Seattle Landscape
June 3–September 10, 2017
This Partnership for Youth workshop series focused on landscape photography with local photographer and teaching artist Carina del Rosario providing instruction in digital photography, and production assistance from Adam Jabari. Watch a video produced by program partners Multimedia Resource Training Institute.

Those Without Voice
December 10, 2016–April 2, 2017
During this Partnership for Youth workshop series, teens worked with Derek Edamura, a film editor and video producer, to learn about digital media and video production.