a poem by Lanoir

Watercolors by the author

Watercolors by the author

I want attention
I want to dance, act, perform, paint, model.
I want to sing.
I want to fight. I want today. I want tonight.
I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do, where and how I want to without a “no” from him, her, them, or  you.
What you gonna do when I come out and make my move, my groove.
I walk into the room and you feelin the smoothness.
I want to dance like I’ve never danced before
Hip-hop, salsa, meringue, samba, cha-cha, ballroom, tango, ballet.
Sweating, I want to be sweating.
Music so loud my ears ring.
Attend a class, a session with nothing but music blasting
Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Sergio Mendes, Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilara, Madonna, Daft Punk, MGMT, Rihanna, and Azealia Banks
whatever genre of music you put on, it doesn’t matter to me!

Tea pane 2I want to be in a room with mirrors on every wall and even on the ceilings!
I want to be worked, jerked, and twerked into shape.
That’s all I want to do is dance, because it gets everything out… these frustrations of mine being around people with energy and liveliness in a drought.
The concentration of perfecting a move, it just excites me.
I want be physically and mentally put to the test because at this moment I am ready for the next challenge.
Because I have an open mind and heart.
I’ve got the time.
Put your cards on the table because I am willing and able to sing like I’ve never singed before.
Open up my voice, my soul  like a door.
I’m ready to step to the greats.
Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday
Eartha Kitt, Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce.
Put me on to it.
I know I can do it.
Because I believe it, the thought of me being a star has already penetrated my brain since I was a little chick.
I can sing like R&B, Rock, Country, Pop, and The Blues, so what it do?
I can make it do what it do.
I can do it.
Can’t you see?
Give me a chance, please someone, just give me a chance!

Tea pane 3Give me!
I’ll make sure to make my voice heard and listened to.
With an inspiring message that will run light years into the future.
Time for this sweat to be smelled.
This art that swims through me like a mermaid in the sea…to be felt.
I am 19 years old and soon to be 20, time to make connects and get respect.
Everything is so fresh and new to me, so many opportunities.
And the Isis Goddess helping me stand on my two feet.

Time to stop just chilling, smoking weed, and watching t.v.
Tired of doing the same old things.
I’m ready to set, run, jump, and shoot off into clouds of dreams.
I’ve got the passion.
The twinkle in my eye.
The Talent.
I know what the world is ready for and it’s boiling within me.
I got it right here in my kettle  and I’m ready to serve the world this delicious tea.
I know what you need.
I don’t got the soda, the juice, or the sweets.
Just this tea.

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Seattle Art Gallery Sells Zines

Zine Instructor Shaun with zines for sale at CMD P Gallery

Zine Instructor Shaun with zines for sale at CMD P Gallery

CMD+P, a new art gallery in Pioneer Square, is currently displaying Zine Project zines for purchase!

A collaboration between Efflux Creations and Sanctuary Art Center, the gallery is dedicated “to creating art and apparel for social change” and hosts artwork and apparel designed and created by street involved youth.

Zines at CMD+P are $5 Full color!

CMD P Gallery

CMD+P Gallery

CMD+P (on the southeast corner of 2nd & Yesler) opened its doors back in , selling, along with our zines, t-shirts printed by interns in

W.A.G.E.S.—another prevocational program like the Zine Project. The gallery is currently opened Wednesdays through Fridays 12-6pm and for the first Thursday Art Walk from 6-10pm.

I paid them a visit on October’s First Thursday and checked out how our zines were doing.

They’re available on sale at $5 for full color, so stop by this Thursday, November 1st and have some fun on the town and support local youth

writers and artists!

Screen Printing used by interns at Sanctuary Art Center

Murals from the Zine Project Now on Display

Contractors hanging up Zine Project Murals outside construction site

Contractors hanging up Zine Project Murals outside construction site

Yesterday, October 23rd at 11:30am, The Zine Project murals were hung up on the construction fences lining the site of a new Catholic Housing Services apartment that will serve low income individuals.

While a backhoe snarled through debris in the background, contractors hung up the six mural boards. The murals will adorn the fences for the next year—about as long as it will take to construct the 71 bed housing facility.

Along with CHS staff, archetects and contractors, CCS Director, Dan Wise admired the murals and commented that the neighbors would appreciate some color.

"Art Makes Us Human" mural

“Art Makes Us Human” mural

Thanks Ziners for beautifying Seattle streets!

To read more about the Zine mural project, check out our first post by clicking here. Or, when you drive by  4251 Aurora, feel free to stop by and take a look.



The Zine Project Partners with Urban Art Works to Complete Mural

Ziners and Teaching Artists with Murals

Ziners and Teaching Artists, Erin and Steph, with Murals outside of the Fremont Arts Council Building

By Shaun

The six mural boards stretch about six feet long and four feet high. There’s  a board per intern and, just like the people that crafted them, each is unique. One beams out at the viewer with bright, bubbly, cartoonish shapes of Americana. Another one depicts a sinuous rainbow, another is a splatter session of greens and reds, another depicts several silhouettes of the artist, moon walking across a club. All the brightness, creativity and positivity will be bringing some color and life to one of Seattle’s drearier blocks.

Along with several other infamous hotels dotting Seattle’s Aurora neighborhood, the Thunderbird was closed back in 2010 for being a chronic nuisance property—one connected with drugs and prostitution. Since then, Catholic Housing Services (an arm of CCSWW) purchased the land with plans to turn the site into a 71 unit affordable housing facility. Demolition on the Thunderbird is complete and the fences around the perimeter are ready and waiting to be clad in some colorful new skins.

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW) partnered with Urban Art Works to create the murals. The Zine Project, a program of CCS, was recruited to lend its creative muscle to the mural project. In turn, Urban Art Works set Zine up with two teaching artists, Steph and Erin, to facilitate the process.

The work was done at the Fremont Arts Council Building—the epicenter for the annual Fremont Solstice parade. The brick building sits halfway up Fremont hill and houses paper mache suns, moons and a tusked elephant.   It was the perfect—if packed— locale to create something in.

Ziner posing for a picture

Ziner posing for a picture

After an initial brainstorming session, Steph and Erin took pictures of the youth doing different posses. They then projected youth-selected pictures up on to each youth’s mural board. From there, the youth took over tracing, designing and painting.

Ziner posing for picture

Ziner posing for picture

The process took four days.

Zine Intern painting

Zine Intern painting

Out of the six Zine interns, only Michelle had done a mural before.

We bumped into each other. Fingers got pinched. Paint got on designer jeans. And shoes. The 6  ziners worked with the meticulous, unrelenting intensity of the great masters.

Some of us got distracted…

I got a parking ticket.

The third to last day ended with lots of white space still needing to be painted. There was some anxiety about completing.

Last Friday, the fourth and final day, the Ziners brought all they had. They packed away their perfectionism and attacked. Chelle finished first and leapt on to help others. Amber came to a place of acceptance of her piece sooner than she thought and took the rest of the time cleaning up and encouraging.

By 1:30pm, as the sun passed west of the studio, the last brush strokes fell, the last ink was put on and the project completed.

The interns took some victory shots and stacked their murals away.

The murals will be placed on the fence line outside the old Thunderbird location and, depending on their durability to weather and ware, the murals may be hung in the common areas of the CHS apartment for future residence to enjoy.

Blog readers get a sneak peak:

Stay tuned for a follow up post on when the public can admire these works of art and bastions of exuberance!

A special thanks to the following to make this happen:

Dan Wise: Division Director at CCS

Erin Maguire: Program Manager at UDYC

Kathleen Warren: Art & Projects Director at Urban Art Works

Steph & Erin: Teaching Artists. Click here to check out their work.