Inspired Child strives to create an authentic multigenerational community among the many incredible and talented Black and QTPOC artists in Seattle and from Lynnwood to Lakewood. We facilitate the transference of craft from those who are experienced to those who are inspired to learn.
Our programs and projects use black art forms to explore some of the basic questions in life, what is love and self-love, what is power and how can we use it justly, how do you find and live your purpose in life. It brings together people from different cultural backgrounds to explore life using a positive lens of black culture. It allows for an opportunity for african-americans, african diasporans, and continental africans to be seen and valued as community members.
Our programs have been developed through the engagement of the black community and coalition building with our community partners to address the needs and meet the dreams of our community. We are dedicated to the power of the arts to promote communal and individual healing, to build strength and resilience, and to celebrate our gifts.
Inspired Child programming is a vehicle for the development of a healthy, loving and empowered individual, community and society.
Inspired Child was founded by Artist, Scientist & Activist Monique Franklin
Inspired Child has been providing arts education, technology education, and artist development programs infused with anti-oppression strategies since 2006. Inspired Child Programs are designed to develop creativity, inner strength, and leadership in our children and build capacity in our communities to reach their full potential. Inspired Child programs have been contracted/funded by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Libraries, YMCA, Powerful Schools, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Shoreline Community College, Edmonds Community College, and Poets & Writers.
Inspired Child Core Programs & Projects: The Children’s Open Mic, Love, Power, and Purpose, Movies & Shakers, Dance & Splash, Inspiration Lab, and the Black Artist Community Coalition.
Photo Credit: Susan Fried