Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Celebrating Pride

Each year, we celebrate Pride Month in June to recognize the Stonewall Uprising which took place on June 28, 1969. To celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Seattle, we have published a series of profiles acknowledging the experiences of individuals and the work of local community organizations serving the queer community locally.

Check out the stories on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Tiny Tots Development Center Celebrates Opening in New Facility in Othello: With support from Seattle’s Human Services Department, Tiny Tots expanded their childcare capacity with two new preschool, toddler, and infant classrooms. (more)

Ribbon of Light Artwork Completes AIDS Remembrance Installation: The final public artwork of The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway in Cal Anderson Park features glass sculptures inspired by the words of poets impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (more)

Check Out the Summer Events Schedule for City Center Parks: Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners are hosting a variety of free events and activities downtown including outdoor movies, Chinese dance classes, music, and family fun evenings. (more)

Utility Discounts Available for Income Eligible Customers: Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities is offering short-and long-term payment plans, as well as Emergency Assistance and a Utility Discount Program, to help customers catch up and stay current on their utility bills. (more)

Funding Available to Support Child Care Providers: There is still time to apply for a 2022 Child Care Retention Payment, a one-time retention bonus payment for child care workers across the county. Apply by June 27. (more)

Applications Open for YMCA Social Impact Center’s Get Engaged Program: The program places young adults ages 19-29 on the City of Seattle’s public boards and commissions to help advise the Mayor and City Council. Apply by June 30. (more)

In The Community

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The Legacy of the Soul Pole

The 21-foot tall Soul Pole has stood outside the Seattle Public Library’s Douglass-Truth Branch for almost 50 years and has been dubbed the “beacon of Black pride” by the Black Heritage Society of Washington. In this short film, Converge Media documents the historical legacy of the art piece and the recent process of removing, recovering, and reinstalling the Soul Pole.

Watch the full story on Converge Media.

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Seattle Couple Celebrates Queer Joy in Young Adult Graphic Novel

For Daniela Casalino and Jake Maia Arlow, access to LGBTQ+ stories was fairly limited when they were growing up. Now, the couple seeks to live vicariously through the characters in their upcoming graphic novel centered around a group of high school friends in a fictionalized Eastside suburb of Seattle and the blossoming of a relationship with a new student who moves into the area.

Read the full story in Seattle Gay News.

Share Your Feedback

Community Engagement and Design Process Open for New Capitol Hill Park: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to participate in a survey to help guide the development of a 1.6-acre property for future community greenspace. (more)

Public is Invited to Comment on Zoning Modifications at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 School: The Seattle School District is requesting modifications from City zoning regulations to change image message board signage in front of the Delridge school. Submit comments by June 24. (more)

Learn More About Redistricting and Provide Feedback at Public Forums: The Seattle Redistricting Commission is examining how to redraw the boundaries of Seattle’s seven City Council Districts and is seeking community input. (more)