Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Black Farmers Collective Turns to the Land to Build Sustainable, Equitable Futures for Communities of Color

The Black Farmers Collective is a group of urban food system activists working to improve the health of Black communities through food justice and sovereignty. Their mission is to build a Black-led network of food system actors to acquire and steward land, facilitate food education, and create space for Black liberation in healing and joy. We recently connected with director Ray Williams to get to know a bit more about the Collective and how receiving the Food Equity Fund grant will help them work toward their mission.

Learn more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Community Members Share Their Hopes for the Future in Reimagine Seattle Story Series: This storytelling project invites community members to reflect on their current experiences in Seattle, how they have been impacted by events of the past two years, and their hopes for the future of our city. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Alki Elementary School: The public is invited to participate in the virtual meeting regarding this nomination on April 20. (more)

Help Advise Utility Rates and Strategic Plans by Joining the Customer Review Panel: Seattle Public Utilities is actively seeking a diverse candidate pool to help inform its work and vision to become a community-centered utility. Apply by May 9. (more)

Participatory Budgeting Moves Forward in City of Seattle: The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has selected third-party administrator Participatory Budgeting Project to run the process and help engage communities in deciding how to distribute the public funds. (more)

Artists Bring Some Life and Color to Unused Features in Downtown Seattle: The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Department of Transportation, and King County Metro have commissioned three artists to create temporary installations in decommissioned information kiosks. (more)

Looking for a Preschool? Apply Now for 2022-2023 Seattle Preschool Program: The program offers high-quality, affordable preschool programming to help children living in Seattle prepare for kindergarten. In-language applications and assistance available. (more)

Funding Opportunities Available for Programs Focused on Digital Equity: Technology Matching Fund Grants brings $620,000 in available funding for community organizations working on projects to increase digital equity. (more)

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Provides Vouchers for Seniors: Low-income seniors may be eligible to receive market vouchers to help increase access to fresh, nutritious produce. Apply by April 29. (more)

In The Community

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Local Environmental Justice Group Connects BIPOC Youth to Marine Sciences

Communities of color have historically been left out of environmental organizations and movements, but Ebony Welborn and Savannah Smith are looking to change that on a local level. In 2020, the two Black women co-founded Sea Potential, a limited liability company dedicated to elevating BIPOC representation in marine sciences through organized field trips to rivers, lakes, and beaches in the greater Seattle region.

Read the full story in Crosscut

The exterior of a brick building with a Seattle Public Library sign and large telephone pole with carvings up the side

Historic ‘Soul Pole’ Rises Again Outside Central District Library

In 1969, the Seattle Rotary Boys Club enlisted local youth, primarily from Garfield High School, to carve the 21-foot-tall sculpture to represent 400 years of African American history. It was gifted to the Douglass-Truth Library and installed in 1973. In early 2021 conservation efforts began to address deterioration issues after nearly 50 years of exposure to the elements. On April 6, the pole was reinstalled in its original location and continues to stand as a representation of the tenacity of community in the Central District.

Read full story on the Seattle Channel

Share Your Feedback

Community Input Sought for Six-Year Park District Budget: Help Seattle Parks and Recreation determine priorities for the Seattle Park District budget through 2028 by participating in a survey to gather community opinions. (more)

Provide Feedback on Seattle Transportation Plan: Help Seattle Department of Transportation establish a renewed vision for the future of our streets and public spaces by participating in a public survey. (more)

Public Comment Period Open for West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Extension: Community input is needed on Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as route and station options. Survey open until April 28. (more)