The purpose of this project is to use art as a tool for connecting communities by directly engaging immigrant youth living in Seattle in the creative process. A diverse team of six professional and internationally-recognized multidisciplinary artists will facilitate a week of intensive workshops with youth. In the workshops we will utilize a communal songwriting process developed by the Zapatistas. Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez are artevistas (chicano artists/activists) from East L.A. who are committed to using art as a tool for social change. They will lead the facilitation, based on a communal songwriting process they learned firsthand from the Zapatistas in Chiapas. Juan Perez is a virtuoso bassist and songwriter who has recorded and performed with many internationally-recognized artists including Los Lobos, Son de Madera and Quetzal. Kali Niño is a singer, dancer and lyricist from Veracruz. Scott Macklin is an award-winning author and filmmaker who is committed to using digital media as a tool for community building. Alex Chadsey is a Seattle-based freelance musician, composer and educator who has performed with many internationally-recognized artists. His latest interests include using music as a tool for engaging and strengthening diverse communities. Our goal is not to teach art. We seek to create a safe space where everyone (including the facilitators) has the opportunity to grow and learn from each other and from the experience of creating art together.