Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Amigos de Seattle Helps Communities Stay Connected to Culture and Each Other

The South Park nonprofit, Amigos de Seattle, supports communities by hosting workshops and trainings on a variety of cultural topics and issues. In 2020, their community radio project was founded in response to the social isolation people were experiencing as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. With help from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, they have developed a radio production training curriculum and are offering five workshops centered around supporting the LGBTQ+, Indigenous, and Afro-Latino communities.

Check out the story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Clean Heat Program Helps Homeowners Convert from Oil-to-Electric: Seattle homeowners using an oil furnace can apply to convert to an electric heating system to help reduce utility costs and lower energy usage. (more)

Free Meals Available for Children Throughout Summer: The Summer Food Service Program offers youth age 18 and younger one free meal per day at sites across the city. (more)

Community-Based Organizations Awarded $1.5 Million to Advance Leadership and Cultural Education: The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning has announced awards to expand access to educational settings that celebrate culture, inspire authentic personal development, and build leadership skills. (more)

Enjoy Free Outdoor Movies and Other Family Friendly Events at City Center Parks throughout the Summer: Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of movie nights in parks across the city including Cascade Playground, Hing Hay Park, and Freeway Park. (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)

Volunteer Park Amphitheater Now Open for Summer Series Concerts: After seven years and countless volunteer hours, the new Amphitheater at Volunteer Park is open and will be hosting six free shows and performances throughout the summer. (more)

In The Community

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The Black Arts Legacies Podcast Explores Decades of Arts and Culture in the Central District

This episode of Black Arts Legacies podcast, host Brooklyn Jamerson-Flowers revisits conversations about Black arts venues in the Central District. It is a journey that begins with the vibrant music scene of the ’60s and the activism of the ’70s, then continues into the rapid process of gentrification, continued activism and arts of the ’80s and hip-hop in the ’90s and the continued effort to preserve these places and to build new Black arts spaces in the neighborhood.

Listen to the full story on Crosscut.


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Beauty of Us Art Campaign Aims to Stop Anti-Asian Violence and Xenophobia

Vibrant and colorful posters featuring the artwork of local Asian American women artists will be hanging in art gallery windows and storefronts throughout Pioneer Square and the International Chinatown District as part of the Beauty of Us campaign. The campaign’s goal is to beautify streetscapes, uplift Seattle's Asian American community, and end the violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islanders, which has been on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the full story on the International Examiner.


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)

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)

Public is Invited to Comment on Zoning Modifications at John Rogers Elementary School: Community members are invited to share feedback regarding development plans related to building height, vehicle and bicycle parking, and signage changes. (more)