Lots of Joy and Creativity at the 13th Annual U District Swag Party

DON banner at Swag EventMore than 200 people participated in one of the University District’s favorite traditions, the U District Swag Event. Held at the U District Farmers Market, neighbors gathered greens, pine cones, ribbon and wire and let their creativity run wild!  Plus, for the first time, neighbors made enough swags for the Food Bank to deliver a swag with every bag they take to home-bound seniors (61 swags!!!).  Seattle Public Utilities crews hauled greens from the Cedar River watershed and the U District Farmers Market, the U District Partnership, the U District BIA, University Heights, Display and Costume Design, local merchants, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods contributed to the event.  University Swag Event

Treats from Rockridge Orchards, Mighty O and Starbucks helped to fuel the creativity.  Guests from ROOTS (young adult shelter) again worked the event and welcomed the opportunity to be part of this community tradition (plus, make a little money). Be sure to put this event on your calendar for next December and be a part of the fun, joy, and spirit of the season.  To view more photos from the event click here.

North Ave Mural Project now on Video

The Sanctuary Art Center was awarded $13,360 from the Small and Simple Projects Fund for creation of the North Ave Mural on the wall of J’s Market on the SW corner of University Way and 50th Street NE.   One of the primary goals of the mural was to beautify and activate an area that has been a U-District crime hotspot.  The group did a call to artists and based on community input, hired Heidi Barnett to design and paint the mural, with the help of volunteers and youth from Sanctuary Art Center.  The City contribution was matched by a community contribution of $13,480 consisting of volunteer labor, cash, and donated services.  The mural represents a partnership between the City, Urban Artworks, the U-District Livability Partnership, local business owners, and Sanctuary Art Center.

Check out the video.


Unveiling of the North Avenue Mural this Saturday

mural cropJoin Mayor McGinn, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, the North Ave Mural Steering Committee, and fellow U-District neighbors to welcome the North Ave Mural to the neighborhood!  Heidi Barnett, the artist, with support from Sanctuary Art Center artists, Urban Artworks, and many community volunteers has been working day and night to bring this mural to life and in turn bring life to the corner of 50th St. and the Ave on the north wall of J’s Market (in the Jack in the Box parking lot).  

The North Ave Mural project was made possible through a $13,360 award from our Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Steering Committee is comprised of business owners, community members, nonprofit organizations, students and residents of the University District.  This mural is a response to the CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) recommendations made by the Seattle Police Department.  The North AVE Mural Project is aligned with the Strategic Plan developed by the University District Livability Partnership (UDLP), and came through recommendations from the Clean and Safe Committee of the UDLP. UDLP is a four-year strategic initiative to encourage investment for a vibrant, walkable University District Community.

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider landmark nomination for the Neptune Theater

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider landmark nomination for the Neptune Building and Theater located at 1301-1313 NE 45th In the University District. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, in Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board by 5:00 p.m. on October 1 at the following address: Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA, 98124-4649; or emailed to Kate Krafft (kate.krafft@seattle.gov).

Copies of the landmark nomination are available for public review at the University Branch Library, 5009 Roosevelt way NE (206-684-4063) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). The nomination is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

The Landmarks Preservation Board is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 450 historic structures, site, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. For more information, contact 206.684.0464.