Destination Delridge 2017!

It’s Destination Delridge time again!

It’s my pleasure to share with you our plans for the 2nd annual Destination Delridge fundraising party, coming right up on Friday February 24th, from 6-9pm at Metropolist in SoDo.  Last year’s party was a hit, and we’ve got another great one in store for you.  Tickets are selling, get yours now!

We’ll have performances from AU Dance Collective, poet Carlynn Newhouse, singer/songwriter Monica Elenes, and more.  There will be a dessert dash, wine toss,

Ed Murray, Seattle Mayor, David Bestock, DNDA’s Executive Director, and Willard Brown, DNDA’s Director of Housing and Environmental Programs, at Destination Delridge 2016

raffle, and interactive artwork.  Plus, a delicious dinner, drinks, and a short program highlighting our recent accomplishments and growing momentum.
Then, stick around after dessert for a kickin’ dance party with mix maestro DJ Jyun Jyun.  Don your “urban formal” attire, and get ready for a great party, all in support of our groundbreaking programming here at DNDA.

We’ve had quite a year.  In 2016, we celebrated 20 years of DNDA and 10 years of our Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  We led 9 events as part of our Delridge Cultural Events Series, we engaged over 175 students in experiential environmental education at our Wetlands Restoration & Stewardship Project, and we welcomed more than 45,000 people through the doors of our Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for classes, workshops, and programs rooted in youth arts and social justice.  Aaaaand, we merged (!) with longtime partner and Youngstown tenant Nature Consortium, bringing their amazing 18-year program under DNDA’s wing.  We are excited to sustain and grow all of Nature Consortium’s programming, including the Urban Forest Restoration Program, EcoArts Program, and the annual Arts In Nature Festival at Camp Long.

Come party with us on Friday February 24th to learn more, and to support our innovative and integrated programming model here in Delridge!  We are leading efforts in our community to offer ALL of our neighbors access to affordable housing, arts & culture, vibrant green spaces, education, and affordable healthy foods.

Join us, won’t you?

Destination Delridge 2017

Dear Friend of DNDA, Youngstown, and Nature Consortium,

We invite you to be a part of our upcoming event, Destination Delridge.  Please join us as we celebrate DNDA’s continuing legacy of groundbreaking community work in Delridge and beyond.

February 24, 2017 will be an exciting evening filled with fabulous food, drink, live entertainment, music, art and interactive games.  Mingle and connect with 200 attendees who share your passion for social justice and our community, as we gather to support DNDA, Youngstown, and the addition of Nature Consortium as a DNDA program.  The evening’s venue, Metropolist in SoDo, incorporates urban elegance with turn of the century industrial style, and provides the perfect space.  Most importantly, proceeds from the event directly benefit the community that DNDA serves through affordable housing, arts and culture, preservation of green space, food justice, and education.  Now more than ever, your involvement and investment ensures that we can continue our vital programming, and our ongoing commitment to amplify the voices of all who live, work, and play in Delridge.

For the past 20 years, DNDA has brought together neighbors, non-profits, businesses and local government to build community. Together, we have built and preserved affordable housing, designed and developed a trail along Longfellow Creek, and brought a new library to the community. Today, our Cultural Events Series, Wetlands Restoration & Stewardship Project, Youth Programs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, seven Affordable Housing sites and Nature Consortium’s Restoration work all showcase our vision for this community and the incredible potential that exists in Southwest Seattle.

Ticket page can be accessed here.

Thank you for your support,

David Bestock

DNDA Executive Director

206-935-2999
david@dnda.org

www.dnda.org
www.youngstownarts.org
www.naturec.org

WE HAVE A DREAM! MLK Day of Service Community Workshop

On Saturday, January 14th, United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) will bring you “We Have a Dream” Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth Through Storytelling.

In King County, youth of color are being disproportionately referred to the juvenile justice system at a rate higher than their white peers. This disparity directly correlates to the deprivation of opportunities for youth of color and to socioeconomic inequality between whites and minorities.

King County has had a courageous response, implementing Peacemaking sentencing circles, working with Creative Justice, an arts-based restorative justice program, and developing Family Intervention and Restorative Services, a reception center for youth to “cool-off” and receive support as opposed to entering the system for charges related to family violence.

Even with the current strategies for impact, disparity is still present.

Through this workshop, DNDA and partners will steer a community conversation around restorative and alternative justice practices to raise awareness about racial inequity present in the conventional juvenile justice system. This event, supported by United Way of King County, will activate volunteers as partners to engage in storytelling, peacemaking circles, help foster emotional connections, and brainstorm realistic strategies for change. Snacks will be provided, open to the general public.

Guest Speakers

  • Judge Wesley Saint Clair – Chief Juvenile Judge, King County Superior Court
  • Saroeum Phoung – Peacemaking Circle Facilitator, CEO and Founder of PointOneNorth Consulting Consulting LLC
  • Jason Clark – Equity and Justice Advocate, King County Superior Court
  • Marcus Stubblefield – Systems Integration Coordinator, King County Youth Service

The event will take place at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106 from 1:00 – 4:00pm!

Please see the poster and flyer attached and share within your networks.

Check out the Facebook event here.

REGISTER here.

DNDA is hiring!

DNDA IS HIRING! We are looking for the best to join our team and are in need of a Communications Specialist and Development Associate. Read about the position and then follow the links below to apply! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Communications Specialist:

Program Description
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit serving the Delridge Neighborhoods of Southwest Seattle. For the past 20 years DNDA has advanced its mission through a range of approaches — including the development, ownership, and management of affordable housing and community facilities, the operation of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with its full range of arts and youth programming, social justice and environmental initiatives, and collaboration with community partners to advocate for and implement neighborhood improvements.

Position
The Communications & PR Specialist will be responsible for oversight of the strategic communications plan (to include comprehensive branding, public relations strategy, and marketing); driving communications strategy and brand development initiatives; public communications, including strategic communications planning, public relations, media relations, social media strategy; and marketing. The position may also assist with event management, sponsorships, and grant proofing. A collaborative, team-approach work style is essential. This is a part-time position, working primarily out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and reporting to DNDA’s Development Manager. 20 hours/week, paying $16-20/hour depending on qualifications. For an interested candidate with all relevant qualifications, this position may possibly be combined with the currently posted Development Associate position, under the discretion of DNDA’s management. The position is open until filled.

Responsibilities
• Help develop and implement a comprehensive Communications plan, including branding, public relations strategy, and marketing
• Drive communications strategy and brand development initiatives
• Public communications, including strategic communications planning
• Public relations, media relations and social media strategy
• Proof read grant materials as necessary
• Support other staff and board in cultivating relationships with major donors
• Recruit and manage Marketing Intern(s)
• Help coordinate fundraising events, campaigns, and appeals

Professional qualifications, experience, and attributes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Exceptionally strong attention to detail
• Strong time and project management skills
• Technical savvy with databases (Salesforce preferred), Word and Excel
• Graphic design experience and understanding of Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar software
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
• Understanding of communications tools and tactics, including print and social media
• Excellent people and collaboration skills, strong team player
• Interest in working in a diverse work environment committed to social justice practices
• Ability to work with detailed information with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

To apply, please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
Please reference the Communications and PR Specialist position in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No calls, please.

Development Associate:

Program Description
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit serving the Delridge Neighborhoods of Southwest Seattle. For the past 20 years, DNDA has advanced its mission through a range of approaches — including the development, ownership, and management of affordable housing and community facilities, the operation of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with its full range of arts and youth programming, social justice and environmental initiatives, and collaboration with community partners to advocate for and implement neighborhood improvements.

Position
The Development Associate will be responsible for writing and proof-reading grants, submitting grant reports as instructed, entering donor information into Salesforce/database, stewarding relationships with institutional, individual, and corporate funders, and helping plan and coordinate fundraising events. A collaborative, team-approach work style is essential. This is a part-time position, working primarily out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and reporting to the Development Manager. 20 hours/week, paying $16-20/hour depending on qualifications. For an interested candidate with all relevant qualifications, this position may possibly be combined with the currently posted Communications Specialist position, at the discretion of DNDA’s management. The position is open until filled.

Responsibilities
• Research potential funding sources
• Coordinate with Executive Director, Development Manager and other staff to compile relevant project information and all necessary grant materials
• Work as an important team member in a small, results-oriented development team
• Write & proof-read grants as needed by agency
• Satisfy all grant reporting requirements in a timely manner
• Enter grant and donor records into CRM/Salesforce/database, and run reports as needed
• Support other staff and board in cultivating relationships with major donors
• Help plan and coordinate fundraising events, campaigns, and appeals

Professional qualifications, experience, and attributes
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Exceptionally strong attention to detail
• Strong time and project management skills
• Technical savvy with databases (Salesforce preferred), Word and Excel
• Knowledge of the nonprofit/funding landscape
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
• Understanding of communications tools and tactics, including print and social media
• Excellent people and collaboration skills, strong team player
• Interest in working in a diverse work environment committed to social justice practices
• Ability to work with detailed information with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

To apply, please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
Please reference the Development Associate position in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No calls, please.

 

 

Super Cooper 10

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Cooper Artist Housing & Youngstown Cultural Arts Center are 10 years old, and we’re celebrating with an art exhibition at City Hall November 1 to December 21!

Super Cooper 10 features over 40 works of art from Cooper’s own 20+ visual artists, and Youngstown volunteers and staff. Paintings, sketches, sculptures, prints, sprays and dolls are just some of what you’ll see in this show. Come celebrate with us Thursday, Nov. 10, from 3:30-6p, and enjoy music, poetry and expressions from Youngstown and Cooper’s vibrant communities!

Light refreshments served.

Click here for more info about the show.

UPDATE: Wetlands & Stewardship Project

The Wetlands & Stewardship Project is an ongoing community effort spearheaded by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) to acquire, restore and protect the natural wetlands located at 23rd Avenue SW & SW Findlay Street in West Seattle.  The project has picked up momentum through this summer season with passionate volunteers and our friends at Nature Consortium joining in our efforts.

Over two days in July, twelve members of  the community helped to remove invasive species from the border of the wetlands site, clearing 1,311 sq. ft. of Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and Nightshade.  The volunteers also removed trash that was found throughout the site. The space that is cleared will be replanted this Fall with native species that will create a healthier, more dynamic wetlands buffer!

Visit us here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this project, as well as our other DNDA programs.  If you are interested in volunteering, or becoming a Wetlands Steward, contact Director of Housing and Environmental Programs, Willard Brown. 

To learn more about the Wetlands & Stewardship Project, click here.

 

             

Before, Middle, and After Shots of the Site:

Before & After

Upcoming Volunteer Work Parties:

08/27/2016 10:00am-2:00pm – Delridge Wetlands Cleanup and Removal of Himalayan Blackberry 

 10/01/2016 10:00am-2:00pm – Delridge Wetlands Cleanup and Removal of Himalayan Blackberry 

 10/22/2016 10:00am-2:00pm- Duwamish Alive Coalition event at Delridge Wetlands 

Arts In Nature Festival 2016

This past weekend, Seattle’s only campground Camp Long, transformed into a magnificent prairie of art, music, dance, and community at Nature Consortium’s annual Arts In Nature Festival.  The festival had over 2,000 attendees throughout the two days, over 55 amazing talented visual and sound installation artists, poets, musicians and dance performers, a puppet show and other art activities. The cabin installations were inviting and interactive, and had many activities for kids as well as for the whole family.  There were four stages around the camp that hosted various art and music activities. There was also rock climbing sponsored by Camp Long. Etienne was rocking the meadow with African moves with attendees dancing and having a great time. For the Saturday evening main act Big World Breaks exploded on the Nancy stage and had the audience up on their feet dancing to their funky reggae sound.  Face painting, henna, and poetry workshops were other fun features of the festival. The Seattle Housing Authority’s Project Yesler Mobile Art Studio, engaged kids giving them personal easels and painting materials giving them DIY art stations. Other vendors included Café Avole, selling traditional Ethiopian coffee, food, and other beverages.  Mobile Mavens Food Trucks provided attendees with Gai Box, Picnic, and POPs Ice cream food trucks that left everyone feeling full and refreshed! Overall, the festival was a huge success and next year will be even better!

We’d like to thank all of the performers, artists, and volunteers who helped to make this festival possible.  We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all of our wonderful sponsors:

Boeing  Nucor   Seattle Parks and Recreation   Northwest Folk Life  Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association     Quality Press,    Lens Communications     The Stranger     KUOW 94.9   West Sound Wildlife Shelter   West Seattle Natural Energy   Seattle Housing Authority  Sodo Kitchen Fremont Brewing Company    Georgetown Brewing Company  Cafe Avole

If you attended the festival and would like to provide feedback, please take a moment to fill out the festival survey.  Your responses will help us grow and prepare for an even more successful event in 2017.

Don’t forget to check out Nature Consortium and DNDA’s other activities we have year round. You can find more information at the links below:

DNDA Website

Nature Consortium Website

Pictures By Paul Bestock & Nancy Winberg

DNDA Hosts The Cultural Stage at Delridge Day 2016

DNDA is excited to host the Cultural Stage this Saturday, August 13th at Delridge Day 2016! Delridge Day is an annual one-day festival hosted by VIEWS, a non-partisan community organization, supporting the neighborhood of Delridge.

The DNDA Cultural Stage will feature a diverse ray of talent: Los Mixtecos, a dance group comprised of children ages 6-12, who will perform a cultural dance originating from Oaxaca, Mexico called ‘Las Chilenas’. Additional features include the Abaraka Trio, performing West African music utilizing Kora, drum, and bass instruments to relay the sounds of Mande West African music.   Then, a presentation by The Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School, an organization which aims to maintain Vietnamese language and culture by representing different regions of Vietnam through performance, will follow.  The fourth and final performance will be Dora Oliviera’s Dance Brazil, who specialize in a variety of Brazilian dances including Samba, Orisha and Candomble.

These vibrant and varied performances celebrate and mirror the wonderful cultural diversity of the Delridge community.  Join us at the DNDA Cultural Stage on August 13, 2016, 11am-3pm, at Delridge Community Park, and celebrate your neighborhood!

And look out for our next cultural series event: Children’s Moonlight Festival, September 11th at the Vietnamese Cultural Center!

Arts in Nature Festival 2016

Nature Consortium’s annual Arts in Nature Festival is right around the corner! On August 20th & 21st, at Camp Long located in West Seattle, we’re filling Seattle’s only campground with tons of art and music!  Cabins will transform into light shows, and meadows will morph into stages…

The Arts in Nature Festival aims to encourage interaction between the artist and the festival-goer with creative activities.  With over 40 performers, 13 artists, dance and poetry workshops, and mobile art studios, Camp Long becomes a site for the fusion of performance, artistry and community engagement.

Headlining on the main Nancy Stage, named after festival founder, Nancy Whitlock, will be Big World Breaks! BWB has worked with artists such as Janelle Monae, Macklemore, Digable Planets, Reggie Watts and many more, and they’re sure to bring the forest down on opening day!  Other performances include reggae, West African, and funk music artists. There will also be a variety of other artists, such as visual artist, Markel Uriu, who will show her installation series entitled ‘Bower’.  Additionally, writer and poet, Melanie Reed, will be hosting an all-day poetry workshop on Saturday.  You can see a full line-up of both musical and visual artists on the festival page!

Can you say FOOD TRUCK? With a convoy of ’em, provided by Maven Food Trucks, you’ll have your pick of some of the best food around town.  A beer garden, sponsored by Fremont Brewing & Georgetown Brewing, will quench your thirst without taking you too far from the main stage.

Tickets for the festival are $10 per day, and $16 for a weekend pass.

On Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 11am-9pm and Sunday, August 21, 2016 – 11am-6pm, join us at Camp Long: 5200 35th Ave SW, and experience the magic that is Arts in Nature Festival!

A special thanks goes out to all of the wonderful sponsors that make this festival possible each year.

 Arts in Nature

Wetlands and Stewardship Project Update!

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Taken at project site

Here’s what’s new with the Wetlands and Stewardship Project at 23rd Ave SW and SW Findlay:

Classrooms of students from the K-8 STEM School at Louisa Boren and Arbor Heights Elementary are scheduled to be on site on June 13th and June 15th doing field work. The young students will be mapping the site, identifying plants they encounter, the invasive species and their locations, and the path that water takes on the site. We will be discussing what is there now, and, as we make changes, the students will update their site maps.

DNDA received a Sustainable Pathways Foundation grant in May that will help to fund activities at the site and will allow us to buy supplies to support students with their scientific investigations.

Seattle City Light gardeners will be working to remove a large share of the blackberry vines that border the project. SCL gardeners will focus on removing the invasive blackberry along the alley. The date is to be determined, but we anticipate that they will be starting their work by the end of the month. We will have a community event to follow up on the work done by the SCL gardeners, and we will need volunteers to help with removing the last of the blackberry vines, some time in July.

Enjoy these photos of students learning and growing their environmental stewardship at the Wetlands!


Students doing field work on-site at 23rd and Findlay:

Want to be a Wetlands Steward? There are two ways:

Donate to DNDA and the Wetlands & Stewardship Project

Volunteer to help with projects