Strut Parade with UW Spanish Dept. & School of Human Ecology: Costume Design & Dance, 2016

The model for our current Cultural Connections Club Express came while in partnership with UW Spanish Department and the School of Human Ecology under the name Street Smarts, when we led youth who had experienced homelessness in a 4 month project on UW Campus. From February to May, we met at the School of Human Ecology where Prof. Caroline Smythe Kallenborn and other UW instructors led the kids in preparation for the STRUT Parade, a community arts procession around the Capitol Square. The kids learned costume design, African dance, fabric dyeing, mask making, stilt walking and handmade their own costume.