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

People's Academy for Community EngagementSeattle 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.

Mayor Murray Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board

Pioneer Square Postcard

Postcard collection (Record Series 9901-01), Seattle Municipal Archives

Mayor Edward Murray is seeking two new members to serve on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the following positions – attorney and Pioneer Square retail business owner. Individuals who have an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with Pioneer Square are encouraged to apply.

The 10-member Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews facade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the Pioneer Square Preservation District. The board is composed of two district property owners, two architects and one of each of the following – retail business owner, attorney, historian/ architectural historian, human services representative, a young adult appointed through the Get Engaged Boards and Commissions program, and a member-at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor and subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee which meets twice a month. In general, board members must commit approximately 6 – 12 hours per month to Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, July 8. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: genna.nashem@seattle.gov
(reference the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line)

To submit a paper copy, please address:

Genna Nashem
Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, contact Genna Nashem at (206) 684-0227.


The Pioneer Square Preservation District is one of eight historic districts managed by the Historic Preservation Program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Mayor Murray Seeks Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for three new members to serve on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the positions of historian/architectural historian, Pioneer Square retail business owner, and a member-at-large. Individuals who have an architectural or engineering background with an interest in historic preservation, and/or individuals who are familiar with Pioneer Square are encouraged to apply.

The 10-member Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the Pioneer Square Preservation District.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:00 AM. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee, which also meets twice a month. In general, Board members must commit approximately 6 – 12 hours per month to Board business.

The board  is composed of two district property owners, two architects, and one of each of the following – retail business owner, attorney, historian/architectural historian, human services representative, a young adult appointed through the Get Engaged Boards and Commissions program (a position for adults ages 18-29), and a member-at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by February 26, 2016. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: genna.nashem@seattle.gov
(reference the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line)

To submit a paper copy, please address: Genna Nashem, Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

For more information, contact Genna Nashem at (206) 684-0227.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

 

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our 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, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

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.

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.

Congratulations to the Recipients of Historic Seattle’s Historic Preservation Awards

King Street StationOn May 13, Historic Seattle hosted the 6th Annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony to showcase and recognize some of the exceptional public and private projects that preserve and protect Seattle’s built heritage and historic landmarks. Since the first year of the awards in 2009, they have recognized prominent rehabilitation projects, restoration of historic rural places, preservation of neighborhood character, heritage/architecture publications, and individuals who have contributed greatly to preserving the built environment and educating the community about local history.

Congratulations to the 2014 Historic Seattle Preservation Award recipients:

  • Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Best Restoration: Seattle Department of Transportation for the restoration of King Street Station in the Pioneer Square Preservation District. This award was created in honor of Beth Chave, our beloved co-worker who passed in 2012.
  • Sustainable Preservation Award: Vulcan Real Estate for the adaptive reuse of the Supply Laundry Building, a city of Seattle landmark, in South Lake Union.
  • Exemplary Stewardship Award: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the longstanding commitment to preserving its building while responding to the needs of the congre­gation and the Uptown neighborhood.
  • Historic Vessel Preservation Award: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center for blending maritime history, education, and outreach through the restoration of the heritage vessel and museum, Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure.”
  • Preserving Neighborhood Character Award: Ada’s Technical Books for preservation and transformation of a house into an inviting, community gathering place and business on Capitol Hill.
  • Communications and Technology Award: Justin Carder for his contribution to communicating preservation news through the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
  • Community Advocacy Award: Friends of the Market recognizing its 50 years of advocacy for the historic Pike Place Market.
  • Community Investment Award: John Bennett for his long-term investment in the restoration and revitalization of the Georgetown neighborhood.

Visit historicseattle.org/ to read about the event and Historic Seattle. To learn more about historic preservation in Seattle, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/.

 

Alley-Palooza – one night only!

Alley PaloozaJoin in the fun on August 1 – 5pm to 9pm as the Neighborhood Matching Fund supported Alley-Palooza gets underway!  Explore Seattle’s Historic Alleys from Pioneer Square to Post Alley, as these forgotten passages come alive with music, food, art and entertainment for all ages.

JOIN US in NORD ALLEY for A Meeting in an Unlikely Place 
An installation by Benjamin Maestas exploring the intersection of dance and architecture premiering August 1, 2013.  The installation will open at 5pm with performances at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Featuring performers Benjamin Maestas, Ezra Dickiinson and Zeke Keeble.  Follow the link to view the trailer A Meeting in an Unlikely Place

 Also enjoy music by 5bit – a smooth, soulful, and funky a capella group hailing from the greater Seattle area.  Captivating audiences with covers of both current hits and classic favorites using only the power of the voice,their goal is to ensure you’re having as much fun listening as they are performing!

Join Us at Seattle PARK(ing) Day This Friday!

Join us for one last Seattle summer celebration in Pioneer Square as we turn Occidental Park, Nord Alley and parking spots on Main Street into a summer lawn party! There will be live music, art, bicycle polo, a photo booth, BBQ, bocce ball, transportation tarot reading, lawn bowling and Adirondack chairs where you can lounge and read books from our pop-up library and more:

Seattle PARK(ing) Day Summer Lawn Party
Friday, September 21st
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pioneer Square (Occidental Park, Nord Alley, Main Street)

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. It promotes creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, generosity, play, and unscripted social interactions.

This event is brought to you by a partnership between the Alliance for Pioneer Square, City of Seattle, International Sustainability Institute, Feet First, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Back Alley Bike Repair, and the Alley Network Project.

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar Group, Inc.