As an environmental arts organization, the Nature Consortium (NC) connects community residents to each other, to their neighborhoods, and to the natural world through a multi-pronged approach. They offer over 300 days of programming a year through three programs: the Youth Art Program, the Urban Forest Restoration Project and the annual Arts in Nature Festival.
NC’s Youth Art Program collaborates with numerous schools, districts and nonprofit organizations. Classes are held out-of-school time, year-round, at multiple low-income and public housing community locations throughout Seattle and King County as well as during in-school time at partner schools in Seattle and Highline school districts. They have designated sites at the Yesler Community Center and the Rainier Vista community, partially supported through a contract with the Seattle Housing Authority.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
NC programs have significant reach, serving thousands of youth and adults each year in neighborhood-based settings like community centers, public libraries, and other nonprofit organizations. They particularly focus on low-income, underserved communities, exposing them to a wide range of cultural art forms, artistic mediums and environmental learning. New and repeat participant numbers continue to grow.
NC is led by a committed founding Executive Director and a growing working Board. They have been intentional in their growth of Board members, finding people with particular skills and connections, while the Board as a whole takes on a greater focus in fundraising, marketing and outreach.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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