Seattle Asian Art Museum Community Meeting on March 1

You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about the construction process and timeline for the renovation and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

The $54 million project will preserve the building’s original Art Deco façade, improve the museum’s infrastructure, protect the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades, add vital gallery and education space, enhance ADA accessibility, and enhance the connection between the museum and Volunteer Park.

Work begins February/March 2018 and will continue for 14–15 months. The anticipated reopening of the museum is fall 2019.

Thursday, March 1, 7-8 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112

For more information please visit https://www.saamconstruction.com/

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Community input needed for renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a meeting about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The meeting will be held at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park. It is an opportunity to learn more about and provide input on the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for the Asian Art Museum.

The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding gallery and education space with an expansion into the east side of Volunteer Park; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to the park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve the Asian Art Museum and park visitors. Depending on the design evolution, permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in September 2017. Construction is anticipated to last one year, followed by another six months to move art back into the building.

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/inspire. For additional information visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/seattle-asian-art-museum-improvements.

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Community invited to learn about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Nov. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a community meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park about the renovation and proposed expansion of its historic building. This meeting is co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). It is an opportunity to learn more about the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for the Asian Art Museum.

The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding gallery and education space with an expansion into the east side of Volunteer Park; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to the park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve the Asian Art Museum and park visitors. Depending on the design evolution, permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in September 2017.  Construction is anticipated to last one year, followed by another six months to move art back into the building. 

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/inspire.  For additional information visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/seattle-asian-art-museum-improvements.

 

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Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.


What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.


What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.

 

Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.

 

“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

 
Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to NewDON@seattle.gov.
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/peoples-academy-for-community-engagement/pace-application. The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.