Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

An assortment of illustrations and text "Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month"

Honoring and Recognizing Seattle’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we are hosting a series of profiles and stories to amplify and honor people, businesses, organizations, and projects connected to the history of Seattle’s AAPI community. Stories include historic figures, current leaders, AAPI owned businesses, and organizations that serve as an integral part of Seattle’s past, present, and future.

Read these stories on the Front Porch blog.

Other City News

Mobile Vaccination Teams are Launched Citywide: The Seattle Fire Department is working with small businesses and community based stakeholders to bring vaccinations directly to Seattle residents at high-traffic sites across the city. (more)

Open Call for Artists to Perform at Seattle Center: Learn about the performance series, how it supports artists from many different backgrounds, and paid opportunities for performance starting in October. (more)

Seattle Public Library Bookmobile Makes Weekly Visits to Georgetown: Check out the mobile library every Tuesday in May to peruse English and Spanish books outdoors or to pick up art activity kits for kids. (more)

In-Language COVID-19 Vaccine Community Helplines: Assistance is now available for immigrant and refugee residents who are limited English proficient and/or have limited access to the internet. (more)

City of Seattle Earthquake Response: Priorities and Coordination: Join this webinar Thursday, May 27 for an overview of our region’s earthquake risk, likely impacts, and what a local government response looks like. (more)

Outdoor Pools Prepare to Open This Summer: The Colman and “Pop” Mounger outdoor swimming pools will open in June at reduced capacity and with operational changes to ensure public and staff safety. (more)

Mayor Durkan Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board: Check out the four open positions and learn about how you can be a part of historic preservation in Pioneer Square. (more)

Applications Open for 2021-2022 Community Leadership Institute Fellowship: This six-month fellowship program trains emerging leaders from communities of color for positions in civic engagement, community leadership, or public office. (more)

Historic Filipino American Gathering Places in Seattle: This virtual presentation weaves together nearly 100 years of place, history, and culture by exploring key sites and locations in Seattle’s Filipino American community. (more)

In The Community

A yellow poster with red text that says "Chinatown, Filipinotown, Japantown, Little Saigon. We're all built on Resilience. We will survive this too."

Wing Luke Exhibit Shows the Resiliency and Community of Asian American and Pacific Islanders During COVID-19

Eric Chung personally witnessed the heartwarming ways her Korean American community had come together and shown resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she was concerned that the overall experience of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities during this time was not being adequately recorded or represented. So, she teamed up with The Wing Luke Museum to develop the mixed media exhibit “Community Spread: How We Faced a Pandemic.” The exhibit is comprised of photographs, artifacts, oral history excerpts, and original artwork that shares stories from a range of AAPI residents highlighting their experiences enduring the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about this exhibit on the Front Porch blog. 

Share Your Feedback

Black Artists Needed for Input on New Arts and Culture Aid Program: Help LANGSTON advance arts and culture throughout the city by sharing your needs and vision for Seattle’s Black communities. (more)

Design Review Survey Open for South Park Plaza: The South Park community is invited to provide input for schematic designs to help determine the future of the South Park Plaza. (more)

Help Guide Street Improvements in Pioneer Square: Learn about previous feedback and progress on the updated design for east-west streets and share your thoughts on the project. (more)

Share Your Ideas for Improvements to Highland Park Elementary School: Learn about play area improvement opportunities and provide feedback on existing features. (more)