About Tales of Art (TOA)

Tales of Art is a free art program for youth in Seattle's international district. Driven by storytelling and community sharing, the program aims to celebrate and preserve the traditions of diverse cultural heritages. In each session, cultural leaders will share a new folktale which the youth will then interpret through art with support from our volunteers. At the end of the program, we will assemble the artwork  and stories together to publish a book in celebration of our rich and diverse traditions. Every child will receive a book to share their heritage and cultural experiences with each other and their families.




Your Role as a Cultural Leader | What to expect

You bring the inspiration. We bring the crayons.

Come share a folktale from your cultural heritage. You will be paired with a TOA volunteer to plan your lesson and help bring your story to life. You may consider bringing in music, traditional dress, objects, or pictures. Next, our TOA volunteers will lead the children through an art project inspired by your cultural heritage.

Time Commitment

It should only require about 1.5 hours of your time.

Preparation: About 1 hour

We will pair you with a volunteer to answer any questions and help you plan your presentation. As you think about your presentation think about ways to make your folktale come alive for the kids.

We will set up the room and coordinate the art project. We will ensure that the art project matches your story. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you would like, but there’s no pressure!

Day Of Class: 30 minutes presentation

The class is approximately two hours. We would only need you there for 30 minutes to share your story, but you are welcome to stick around and participate in the art project.

Beyond the class we want you to see the impact of your participation. Youth will also have the opportunity to showcase their current artwork at the Tet in Seattle Festival on February 16, 2018  so sign up for an early slot.  Following the class, we will share pictures of the art projects and invite you to the TOA end of program party and showcase.



Meet the Staff

Our volunteer staff are professional designers and art enthusiasts from the Seattle community with a common passion for social equity and youth education.

About SOul Societies

Soul Societies is a fiscally sponsored non-profit corporation.

We aim to strengthen the community through artistic and literary expressions while creating opportunities for passionate volunteers to use their talents for socially impactful projects. We strive to bring people together through creativity.

Soul Societies has been awarded a grant from Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund to start the youth art program. Our fiscal sponsorship is through Shunpike, a non-profit organization that supports local artist initiatives in Washington State.