On the List | February Capitol Hill Art Walk, Neighbor Appreciation Day work parties, BadWill Valentine’s

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

The second Thursday of the month brings another Capitol Hill Art Walk to the galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants, and miscellaneous art spaces in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, how about some art?

February’s walk also brings a new exhibition to the Hill with Destino at the newly opened Creative Blueprint on Boylston:

Documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter traveled Mexico documenting the journeys of young people escaping poverty and violence in Central America, riding on tops of dangerous freight trains, and following Border Patrols along the US/Mexico border. Images from her book, Destino, are featured on CNN, the Washington Post,and The Guardian. Maybe you’ve read recent news on pre-dawn raids and deportations of Central American families. Hundreds of civil rights and others groups are asking the U.S. government to pause the raids and consider other courses of action before sending people, especially young women and children, back to desperate, dangerous conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Destino runs through February 18th.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Destruction planned for 100 year old tree in Capitol Hill

IMG_20160208_154054IMG_20160208_154048From Sarah Kerr

TODAY, Feb 10 is the last day to comment on my apartment property, and the proposed destruction of it. I know I will need to move and don’t have any choice in that matter. Below is my comment in regards to the beautiful old tree that I’ve loved and cherished. If you feel inclined, send an email today to that email address and ask for an extension of public comment to reconsider the design.

Attached below is my comment to the DPD:

to PRC@seattle.gov
Dear Peter Tallar, Carly Guillory, the City of Seattle, or to Whom it May Concern:

I am writing in regards to the public comment on the Streamlined Design Review for Project 3022230, for the address of 711 Federal Ave E, Seattle, WA, 98102.

I’d like to insist upon an extension of the public comment period until after a third party arborist can assess the “exceptional tree” on the property. The tree I refer to is an Austrian Pine, which was incorrectly labeled as 35 feet tall. It is well above that height, and also is at least 100 years old. This tree stands on the East side of the property and is at least three and a half feet across the trunk of the tree at shoulder height. It is an historically unique tree, in that it was manicured in its early life to branch outwards, creating a particularly beautiful and unusual specimen. This tree is what makes this particular apartment structure, block, and neighborhood a quality place to live. The current design lists this tree as a “hazard” even though it is an exceptional tree and should have consideration put towards a way to keep it alive. What constitutes a legitimate hazard? I propose that an independent arborist be consulted about the value of the tree before this design be approved. It is a conflict of interest for an arborist paid by the developer to assess the risk of the tree and decide that it should be killed.

While the proposed design goes to extensive lengths in saying that the new structures to be built will “fit in” with the neighborhood, they also plan to remove this tree (as well as every other tree on the property) which truly is a treasure. The entire neighborhood enjoys the shade, the spectacular visual array, and the way the light filters through this tree. People walking by on the sidewalk regularly stop under this tree and take a moment’s respite; whether walking their dogs, talking with friends, or just taking a breathe and pausing out of the rain. The local and migrating fauna also enjoys the support this tree gives. I’ve personally spent many hours watching the birds search for food or sing their territory from its branches. The current residents of The El Nido Apartments at 711 Federal Ave E have chosen to live in a place that meets their needs for community, beauty, and basic affordable shelter. Some of us have been here for multiple decades. While I am devastated about the prospect of moving out of the place I love and call home, I understand that the owner has made her decision to sell and so I will find a way to move on. What makes it so much worse is that this sweet place will no longer have the environment provided by this tree and the new residents will never know what they missed. It really hurts to think about this tree being chopped up and run through a chipper in the name of more townhouses in Capitol Hill.

Please consider my plea, in the name of the idea that Seattle is a green city, the Emerald City. How many chances do we have to admire a tree over 100 years old in our daily life? How many chances will you have to save a tree of this value? Isn’t it worth a little extra time and effort to check to possibilities of preserving this unique, exceptional tree before rubber stamping yet another new building in a fast-growing neighborhood? I both live and work here, this is my home. As a committed and passionate citizen of Capitol Hill, I ask you to please consider your actions carefully.


Capitol Hill Community Post | Fifth annual literary festival promises bigger events, first contest winner, new variety show and more

APRIL-2016-Teal-Full-Smart-OBJ2From APRIL Festival

With 5 years and more than 100 events under their belts, the producers of the APRIL Festival are returning for an anniversary year bursting with writers, new multimedia events and a bigger, fiercer storytelling competition.

For the 3rd year in a row, APRIL (Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature) welcomes a Writer-in-Residence to Seattle. This year, the festival will feature award-winning poet and Rookie Magazine contributor, Jenny Zhang. Her work ranges from dynamic personal essays, formally innovative poems and compassionate writing for teens. Zhang will perform and be featured in the visual arts show, in partnership with Vignettes, where visual artists will create new work inspired by her poetry.

The week will feature more than a dozen readers in 7 events including returning favorites “A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist and a Drag Queen” and the annual Book Expo. This year also welcomes new additions including a multimedia variety show about writers as portrayed in popular film and a fireside chat co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

Since 2011, APRIL has celebrated independent and small presses and their authors with the mission to connect new audiences to these vibrant works.

Tickets will be available beginning March 1.

The complete 2016 lineup is as follows:

Day 1: Tuesday, 3/15

Opening Party, doors at 7:30pm, event at 8pm

Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122


Performances from Alejandro de Acosta, Sara Jaffe, Jenny Zhang, Kelly Froh

Day 2: Wednesday, 3/16

Fireside Chat, doors at 7:30pm, event at 8pm

Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

Lecture from Cedar Sigo with Q&A to follow. This event is co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

Day 3: Thursday, 3/17

A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen: APRIL’s Annual Competitive Storytelling Event, doors at 7:30pm, event at 8pm

$10 in advance / $15 at the door

Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Hosted by Paul Constant with performances from poet EJ Koh, playwright Sara Porkalob, novelist Brian McGuigan and drag queen Mal DeFleur. This event is co-presented with Washington Ensemble Theatre.

Day 4: Friday, 3/18

APRIL’s 5th Anniversary Party, doors at 8pm

$5 general admission, $50 VIP admission

Fred Wildlife Refuge


Performances will feature a mix of five past “classics” and five new readers, each reading 500 words or less. Performers include alumni Ed Skoog, Elissa Ball, Maged Zaher, Robert Lashley, Sarah Galvin and new features Leena Joshi, Anastacia Tolbert, Hannah Sanghee Park, Bernard Grant, Jessica Mooney (APRIL’s first contest winner selected by Seattle Review of Books).

Day 5: Saturday, 3/19

The Filmy Quill: Writers and Writing on Celluloid, 1pm

Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave

David Schmader hosts a live video essay about writers on film, featuring videos edited by Travis Vogt.

Dear Jenny, We Are All Find: APRIL + Vignettes

Indian Summer, 534 Summit Ave E, reading at 8:30pm

Performance from Jenny Zhang with visual art inspired by her poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books).

Day 6: Sunday, 3/20

APRIL Book Expo, 11am to 5pm

Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave

Meet publishers and browse books from over 50 independent presses. Lectures and readings will also be held throughout the day in Hugo House classrooms. First 20 entrants get a free piece of APRIL swag!

Capitol Hill Community Post | 2nd Public Meeting for Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project

Amph-and-Sign-for-Public-MeetingVolunteer Park Trust, the neighborhood nonprofit established to restore, protect and preserve Volunteer Park, is holding a second public meeting for their project to replace the park’s current failing amphitheater. The public meeting will be held at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E Seattle, WA 98112) on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00 PM.

Thanks to a matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, the Trust is completing a year-long Feasibility Study and Design Program that includes traffic and acoustics studies as well as interviews and feedback from dozens of community groups, performance troupes, park users, and the general public. Project lead ORA Architects, along with Walker Macy Landscape Architects, will present and explain the draft study. Public comments on the draft will be included in the final report.

The final report will be used to inform the next phase of the project: Concept Design. More information on the Volunteer Park Trust Amphitheater Project can be found at http://volunteerparktrust.org.Public-Meeting-Social-Media-Share-Pic

Capitol Hill Community Post | How to get 4Culture funding for your creative project

4culture_projects_header_1504Culture, King County’s funding agency for arts and culture, is currently offering project grants to support the cultural activities in our region that make life so vibrant and interesting. The grants support projects that have the arts, heritage and preservation as their core focus. If you (or someone you know) live in King County, is at least 18 years old, and working on a project in one of these program areas, then you are eligible to apply.

Grant writing can be stressful, so 4Culture provides step-by-step guidance throughout the process. Applications are reviewed by a panel of peers working in their field of practice.

These are the grants currently on offer:

Heritage Projects grants fund outstanding exhibits, documentaries, publications and curriculum that bring King County history into focus. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 24 and guidelines and application are now online.

Preservation Special Projects support neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, and assessments – important documentation necessary to keep historic landmarks beautiful. The monies also supports innovative research projects and community advocacy. The deadline to apply is also Wednesday, February 24 and guidelines and the application are online.

Art Projects grants support the work of individual artists and organizations working in all creative disciplines including music, media, dance, theater, literature and visual art. And for the first time this year, those who received an arts grant last year cannot reapply. That means 4Culture is looking for applicants who have not received funding recently.

All successful art project ideas must demonstrate public benefit.—how the project is accessible to and impacting the King County community. 4Culture will explain what that means through an artist led panel on Monday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm at General Assembly’s headquarters in South Lake Union, Seattle.

If you are an individual artist, work with a group of artists, or are part of an arts based organization and have a great project idea, you can get the guidelines and apply online through Wednesday, March 9.

If you have a project idea, but not sure if it is a good fit, contact a 4Culture project grant manager. Or drop in to a free, informal workshop held at the 4Culture offices and around King County.
4Culture staff will be on hand at the Kenmore Library, February 9, 12—1 pm
6531 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028.
Workshops are also held at the 4Culture offices, located at 101 Prefontaine Place South in Pioneer Square, Seattle, 98104.
– Heritage: February 11, 112—1 pm
– Arts Groups: Wednesdays, February 10, + 17, 12—1 pm
– Individual Artists: Mondays, February 22, + 29, 12—1 pm
Thursday, March 3, 5:30—6:30 pm**After this workshop, visit galleries for First Thursday Art Walk! Free parking is available at select garages.

Contact Info:
•Preservation Special Projects and Heritage Projects: Brandi Link at brandi.link@4culture.org or 206.263.1593
•Art Projects – Individual Artists: Heather Dwyer, heather.dwyer@4culture.org or 206.263.1597
•Art Projects – Groups: Doreen Mitchum, Doreen.mitchum@4culture.org or 206.263.1605

Go to 4Culture.org for more info.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Why renters matter

Renters must be engaged about HALA. After all, renters comprise nearly half of Seattle’s citizenry and it is renters who face getting priced out of neighborhoods by rising rents.

Late last month, Mayor Murray hosted a cheerleading session for the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda or HALA. It was a packed room filled with enthusiasm for implementing the 65 recommendations that emerged last July in response to Seattle’s housing crisis. Comments by Sara Maxana, a homeowner in NW Seattle, were a highlight. Referring to the rapidly escalating value of homes like hers and the resulting impacts on renters, Maxana said:

“I don’t see why one class of people, homeowners, should be getting a windfall from the same phenomenon that is causing other people in Seattle to struggle,” she said. “I don’t think that’s okay.”

Before closing the meeting, Murray took a handful of questions from the crowd. “Guy in the Striped Shirt” asked an important question: “How will renters be engaged in discussions about HALA?”

The mayor responded very generally, saying that we need to engage everybody: owners and renters, young and old, etc. and etc. I would respond more directly. Renters must be engaged about HALA. After all, renters comprise nearly half of Seattle’s citizenry and it is renters who face getting priced out of neighborhoods by rising rents.

But engaging renters to address neighborhood issues isn’t easy. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Jubilee Women’s Center ED Honored with Community Service Award

Twitter-announcement-SU-Community-Service-AwardSeattle University has honored Cheryl Sesnon, executive director of Jubilee Women’s Center, with the 2016 Community Service Alumni Award. This award recognizes Cheryl’s contributions to the Seattle community along with her work and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Cheryl will formally receive the award at Seattle University’s 31st Annual Alumni Awards ceremony on April 29.

Read the full story on the Seattle University website at https://www.seattleu.edu/alumni/community/Community-Service-2016/.

On the List | Gay City Arts Showcase, Lunar New Year at Asian Art Museum, 23rd/Jackson meeting, Puppy Bowl Party

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

Looking for something to do on and around Capitol Hill this weekend? Here are a few ideas from the CHS Calendar. Something we missed? Add your area events to the list.

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures — First Hill Streetcar edition

IMG_6252The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 30,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea. Continue reading