The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering two grant programs to support and encourage the vibrant cultural work being done in and by communities throughout Seattle.
NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT 2016 (NCA)
The program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that have established a track record for producing recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrates our diversity, builds community connections, and enhances the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture.
PUT THE ARTS IN PARKS GRANT 2016 (PAP)
This pilot program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that are seeking to activate Seattle Parks with new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate our diversity and build community connections through arts and culture while connecting with underserved communities. The funds for this program are contingent on the passing of the Parks District budget.
The deadline for both NCA and PAP grant programs is 11 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015.
The National Wildlife Federation announced this month that the community of Northwest Seattle, thanks to the sponsorship of Groundswell NW, is putting out the welcome mat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, by recently registering its Community Wildlife Habitat™ project with NWF.
Northwest Seattle is sending a clear and powerful message to communities all over America that caring people, working together, can help wildlife, wild places and the health of the environment. The residents of Northwest Seattle are making a difference in their own community and beyond.
For more information on becoming involved in Northwest Seattle’s efforts to become a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, please contact Jan Satterthwaite. To get started on your own gardening for wildlife adventure, visit NWF’s website at www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife. The site offers access to continually-updated information and resources for habitat projects, along with a wealth of other information on wildlife and wild places, and how to help protect these precious natural resources.
Thu, 07/23: Groundswell NW Beer Tasting at Reuben's Brews
Taste great beer and help NW Seattle parks! Join us at Reuben's Brews in Ballard for a fundraising beer tasting. $1 for each pint purchased goes to Groundswell NW to benefit parks in Ballard and NW Seattle. Come rub elbows with the Groundswell NW Board and talk about open space issues.
So invite your friends and come enjoy beer and summer in Ballard.
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle (new address - two blocks from the original tasting room)
Contact: David Folweiler, email@example.com
A small and very dedicated crew of volunteers arrived early Saturday morning with gloves in hand to clean up the Salmon Bay Natural Area. Thank-you Mark and Kate for pulling up all the weeds and dead grass. We filled 5 yard waste bags and a garbage bag in just 3 hours. And thank-you to Dave Boyd, one of our hard-working Groundswell NW board members, who has been the tenacious force behind the creation and care of this Park since its inception.
If you aren't familiar with the Salmon Bay Natural Area, then it's about time you visit. It's easy to just cruise by this little gem of a Park located at the street end of 34th Ave NW when you're traveling along the Burke Gilman Trail just south of the Ballard Chittendon Locks. Next time take a moment to stop and enjoy the view from the overlook and admire the 17-foot-tall welcome figure created by local artist Marvin Oliver to celebrate Puget Sound salmon and local indegenous culture. You'll be glad you stopped by.
Dave is always on the lookout for new volunteers to steward this park. Send Dave an email if you're interested in getting on his mailng list and subscribe to the Groundswell NW Email Newsletter to be informed of future events at a Park near you! And join us for the August Salmon Bay Natural Area work party!
SDOT is holding an open house to present the three alternative routes for the “Missing Link” that will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Groundswell NW has worked for years to promote the completion of the Burke Gilman Trail along the railroad corridor - this is one more step in the long effort to get that done.
Thursday, June 18
Ballard High School Cafeteria, 1418 NW 65th Street
6 – 8 PM
There will be a brief presentation at 6:30 PM. The open house will also provide opportunities to talk with the project team, learn about the alternative routes and how they will be evaluated, and the timeframe for the EIS. This event is an early opportunity for you to learn more about the project so you can make informed comments when the draft EIS is released in 2016.
The alternative routes to be presented at the open house are shown here.
A summary of comments received during the EIS public scoping meeting are available here.
If you have questions or would like to receive project updates via email you can contact the project team at BGT_MissingLink_Info@seattle.gov or .
Professor Winterbottom and his UW Landscape Architecture Design/Build class held a potluck June 11 to celebrate the dedication of Ballard's newest street end park at 11th Ave NW. To visit their handiwork, just go south on 11th Ave NW until you hit the ship canal. You can't miss it!
When you stop and think, you know that nature is good for you – but how often do you stop and think? You know intuitively that contact with nature is good for you. Those lucky enough to live near and experience green spaces have a 50 percent chance of being more healthy, both physically and mentally, and are 40 per cent less likely to become overweight or obese. We are all part of the natural world. We depend on it for the air we breathe and the food we eat. Organizations like the National Wildlife Federation are helping people to understand their role in the natural world and their dependency on it.
Join your neighbors in creating a healthier community by creating a backyard wildlife habitat! Northwest Seattle is now an active Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In order to become a certified Wildlife Habitat Community, a specific number of homes, schools, businesses and common areas must become NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat™ sites, providing food, water and shelter to raise young for wildlife. To do this, we need a joint effort of dedicated volunteers, organizational partners and local business that support our commitment to improve local community for wildlife. Here are ways you can help or participate:
1) Certify your home garden or apartment balcony with NWF. It’s easy. Just follow the steps on the NWF web page or
2) Volunteer to support the work, projects, partners and community for the community certification.