Katalyst Kick Off Party 11/8 with Grynch, Prometheus Brown, othersPosted by Lindsey Scully
WAPI ( Washington Asian Pacific Islander) Community Services has a long-standing history that dates back to 1990 when a task force was created to help curb the substance abuse in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community in Washington. WAPI’s three programs – Street Scholars, Prevention, and Katalyst – help local youth cultivate their leadership, art, and business skills. Katalyst is WAPI’s music and art program that focuses on a learn-at-your-own-pace mentality where students take the time they need to learn the material and take a certification exam at the end. The students meet on a weekly basis throughout the year with their peers and mentors of which many are deeply rooted in the local art and music scene. Katalyst offers a substance-free environment for youth that fosters a supportive and safe environment. All programs are free to Seattle youth and are funded completely by donations.
The Katalyst Kick Off Party will feature several local artists including Grynch, Prometheus Brown (Geo of Blue Scholars), Spac3man, OTOW Gang, Luck One, and other special guests. Many of these artists also appeared on Katalyst’s new album Mixed Masses. The album in itself is a campaign,with strong political and socioeconomic messages throughout but it also is a campaign to help at-risk youth in the Seattle area. Katalyst, along with Mixed Masses, has provided several Seattle youth with a creative outlet for their frustrations and emotions instead of turning to violence or drugs. The Katalyst Kick Off Party will be the first live performances of songs off Mixed Masses and a beginning to a new chapter for Katalyst and WAPI.