Coyote Central challenges young adolescents of every race and socio-economic background to build skills, creative thinking, and self-awareness through hands-on projects with professionals in creative fields.
Coyote Central’s vision is for Seattle-area adolescents of all racial, economic, and social circumstance to be creative thinkers who are confident in their capabilities and voice and engaged with their community.
We value the joy of exploration that kids experience when they discover their own talents and realize the possibilities open to them in the world.
We value the self-confidence that kids develop when they use tools and develop skills beyond their middle-school experience.
We value process-based learning and the freedom kids have to take creative risks when there’s no one ‘right’ solution.
We value kids exploring their racial, cultural, and personal identities in our multi- cultural community and building a strong sense of self.
We value equitable access and experience for all families so that kids from diverse racial and economic backgrounds can bond over shared interests.
We value our teaching artists – professionals in creative fields and experienced teachers who mentor with skill and dedication.
We value the social awareness and connection to community kids experience when they get out into the city doing public art or projects with our community partners.
Since 1986 Coyote Central has engaged over 13,000 middle-school youth in hands-on workshops with professional artists, from painters, photographers, and fashion designers to animators, glassblowers and metal artists. Early adolescence is a pivotal stage of development when kids are figuring out who they are and what they love to do. Coyote offers courses in such a wide range of disciplines so that any youth can find something to inspire. Courses are hands-on and project-based; Coyote youth design their own projects and leave at the end of the term with their own personal creations. They also take away a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their ability to problem-solve and figure things out on their own. Over 270 twenty-hour courses and other projects are offered each year, engaging more than 1,700 youth. As many as 40% of those students receive either full or partial scholarships; no youth is ever turned away.
Coyote programs are predicated on intense youth engagement. Kids sign up for what excites them, and making a project of their own design using new techniques and tools assures that they stay focused. The process of solving problems in creative ways, taking creative risks, and persevering to complete a project builds confidence in their ability to solve any problem, whether academic or elsewhere in their lives. Making public art or performing other public service connects them to the community and empowers them as citizens.
In the past five years, Coyote has built its own campus in the heart of Seattle’s Central District, with a performance space, several multi-purpose art spaces, a flameworking studio, a woodshop and metal shop, and a teaching kitchen. The synergy of so much creative energy in a single location has almost doubled the number of youth we serve, and those numbers continue to grow as more and more youth from across the city discover the unique experiences that Coyote offers.