A community event funded in part by our Neighborhood Matching Fund
Hip Hop legends and enthusiasts from around the country will gather in the Pacific Northwest, as 206 Zulu, Seattle’s Hip Hop and community non-profit organization, celebrates its 11th anniversary February 6-8, with an explosive three days of music, art, and dance.
The festivities kick-off Friday, February 6, with an appearance from acclaimed DJ, producer, rapper, and lecturer, 9th Wonder, credited with introducing the now common trend of producing unofficial remixes of entire albums; as well as music provided by some of 206 Zulu’s premier DJs, including Tecumseh, Gumbeaux & Cues; as well as performances from Romaro Franceswa, Jus Moni, and Dex Amora.
Saturday, February 7, will commence with the Meeting of the Minds event, a community forum featuring local organizers, community advocates, industry minds, and special guest and keynote speaker: 9th Wonder. Following the Meeting of the Minds will be the Zulu Throwdown Battle, spotlighting some of the region’s best b-boys and b-girls in heated 1 vs. 1 battles, as well as 1 vs. 1 all-styles battles, competing for cash prizes totaling $1000.
Ceremonies will conclude Sunday with the Community Green Dinner where Hip Hop meets environmental activism, presented by Pursuit of a Green Planet.
One week remains to submit your proposal to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community.
The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair, crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2016.
To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/npsf/default.htm. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.
For questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.
If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.
To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.
Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.
A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget.
Councilmember Nick Licata and City Neighborhood Council will co-host a forum on Tuesday, January 27 about how participatory budgeting has worked in other cities, and discuss how it could work here in Seattle. It’s scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall.
Participatory budgeting is a flexible tool that has worked in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. It can be used for budgets at a district level, citywide or for specific groups; Boston let city youth as young as age 12 decide how to spend $1 million in city funds. There will be a speaker from the Participatory Budgeting Project to tell us how it’s worked in other cities in the US, Europe, and South America.
Food and beverages will be provided. Come find out more, and share how participatory budgeting could work in Seattle!
Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Seattle Times Building Complex’s 1947 Office Building Addition and its Printing Plant, both located at 1120 John Street. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.
The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Any written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by February 17 at 3:00 p.m.:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)
A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Central Public Library (1000 4th Avenue) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”