The Audioasis Youth Initiative is a new project, fostering creative collaboration between KEXP and its Seattle Center neighbors, The Center School. The ability to facilitate educational partnerships like this one was an important consideration in KEXP’s long-term vision for its new home at Seattle Center.
The program takes its name from Audioasis, Seattle’s longest running local music show, hosted and produced by Sharlese Metcalf since 2008. “It’s great that KEXP can offer such an exciting opportunity for youth interested in learning a special skill,” Metcalf says.
In 2001, Seattle Public Schools opened The Center School with the expressed purpose of integrating the arts into its curriculum. The 300-student high school aims to empower and inspire its student body to positively impact our world. The school's emphasis on creativity made it a clear choice for partnership with KEXP.
Since late September, a group of students from the Center School has garnered firsthand music industry experience by filming bands at KEXP. With help from the KEXP’s video production team, over the course of several months, students in the Advanced Video Production class filmed live performances by emerging Pacific Northwest acts Sloucher, Nudity, The Tripwires, and The Fabulous Downey Brothers.Student Nick Roetemeyer is inspired by The Center School’s arts focus as well as the opportunity to work with KEXP. When discussing the Audioasis Youth Initiative he says, “I gained professional-level experience and worked with people who’ve been doing what I want to do for several years. It’s shown me what a real production is like, and I feel lucky to have been able to experience it.”
The innovative program provides mentorship in multiple areas of film production including camera operation and video editing. With the help of KEXP’s experienced staff, the class learns to prepare for video shoots and develops videography skills. In addition, they get hands-on instruction in rig assembly, camera operation, and framing. After completing a live shoot, students also receive valuable feedback from the KEXP staff.