Deadline to apply!  Friday, June 1, 2018    

We're looking for 24 youth, ages 12-15, who are SERIOUSLY into performance or the arts and are MOTIVATED to make CHANGE in the community. We are looking for students who are innovators and hard workers who can maintain focus while having fun and sharing ideas.

Two Week Project:

Monday – Friday

Week 1:  Monday - Friday, August 6th – August 10th

Week 2:  Monday - Friday, August 13th – August 17th

PLUS! “Define American” Event @ Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park Saturday, August 18th 1:30 -3:00 [rehearsal time TBD]

The 2018 team will participate in ONE of TWO major projects:

Performing Arts Team

Afternoon workshops, 1:30-5:30

12 students will work with professional performer and director Jay O’Leary to develop and present an original performance for a major Coyote community gathering on August 18th at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park in the Central District.  The theme of the event is what it means to be American, and every member of the team will explore poetry, spoken word, music and movement to help put together a group performance that will engage the audience in a personal look at national identity.

Visual Arts Team

Morning workshops, 9:00-1:00

12 students will create stage art for the “Define American” original performance described above on Saturday, August 18th. They will work with well-known public artist Carl Smool to express their own ideas about American identity in spectacular stage art using fabric, paper, cardboard, and other materials to create hangings and backdrops for the park stage.  In the process they’ll learn the tricks and techniques of professional stage set designers.

Each youth will earn up to $200 as a stipend for full participation and hard work. 

Workshop location:   Coyote Central | 2300 E. Cherry St. | Seattle, WA 98122


Hit the Streets is a summer work program in which youth from underserved communities in Central and South Seattle make public art for their community. Every summer 24 adolescents aged 12-15 work with a team of professional public artists to create art for a neighborhood park, school, garden, street corner, or vacant lot.

Hit the Streets has left a legacy of major public art installations in the Central Area as well as South Seattle, First Hill, and Squire Park. For over seven hundred participants, it has been an opportunity to learn how to problem-solve challenges creatively and handle a job successfully. The final impact is a sense of personal and civic pride for creating an important and lasting contribution to their community.

Although past Hit the Streets projects have primarily been permanent installations, more recently Coyote has also engaged Hit the Streets youth in making temporary public art.  Temporary art greatly expands the variety of materials that can be used and frees the youth to have more complete ownership of what they create.  Hit the Streets has been expanded to combine visual art with performance art and installation celebrations are now opportunities to gather and interact with community members.