SCIDpda and Partners one of 69 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide

July 7, 2015

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding.  SCIDpda, in partnership with InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA) and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $75,000 to support creative placemaking projects in the CID, Little Saigon, and Japantown.  The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. 

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The project activities include public art that celebrates the neighborhood's Asian American history and heritage, and a design workshop to enhance the key historic Maynard alley.  SCIDpda, InterIm CDA, and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture will partner to plan and execute district activities that reflect the identity of the existing community, attract local business development, and foster safer public spaces.  

"SCIDpda, InterIm CDA, and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture demonstrate the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike."  

It's time to GiveBIG!

May 5, 2015

The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG online charitable giving event is happening today until midnight.  For SCIDpda's 40th anniversary, we encourage you to please consider giving $40 for 40.  Our work cannot be done without you, and every little bit counts!  Click here to donate.

Comcast Cares Day Presents the C/ID Spring Clean

April 4, 2015

It's that time of year again--Comcast Cares Day presents the C/ID Spring Clean on Saturday, April 25th! See the schedule below:

8:00 AM:  Check-in & Breakfast

8:30 AM:  Event Kickoff

8:40 AM:  To Project Sites

12 PM:  Lunch & Entertainment 

1 PM:  Event Wrap-up

SCIDpda Helps Launch Operation LED

April 4, 2015

SCIDpda's Acting Executive Director Paul Mar joined Mayor Ed Murray, City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco, Edward Smalley of City Light, and Future City students from TOPS Elementary today at Uwajimaya and Legacy House for the launch of Operation L.E.D.! Free LED light bulbs were dispersed at Uwajimaya and Legacy House, and Seattle City Light plans to distribute up to 370,000 free energy efficient bulbs to Seattle residents. http://bit.ly/1y8d19H

IDEA Space Business Workshop: 5 Legal Matters Restaurant & Deli Businesses Should Know

February 2, 2015

Join us next Monday, March 2nd from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Hing Hay Coworks for IDEA Space's business workshop: 5 Legal Matters Restaurant & Deli Businesses Should Know! We’ve partnered with the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati to make this workshop free to all neighborhood food service businesses. Made possible by support from Union Bank, the workshop will explain how businesses can minimize legal risks and work in compliance with the law. It will cover the following: legal structure for restaurants, intellectual property rights, local restaurant regulations, essential employment laws, and essential tax laws. Space is limited, so RSVP to Quang Nguyen at quangn@scidpda.org or (206) 838-8716.

Innovative Preservation Pilot Project Featured by Resilient Cities initiative

February 2, 2015

The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO-URM) pilot project, led by SCIDpda's very own Cara Bertron and Paul Mar, was featured by The Rockefeller Foundation's Resilient Cities initiative in an article on Tuesday, February 10 for its proactive and innovative efforts toward building and neighborhood preservation. The RRIO-URM pilot project works to ensure the safety of the Chinatown International District's historic buildings while also preserving their unique, historic culture and diverse neighborhood population. We're grateful for the coverage and immensely proud of our hardworking staff!

Neighborhood Block Watch Relaunches!

February 2, 2015

The Chinatown-ID Neighborhood Block Watch relaunches on Tuesday, February 17th from 6 PM - 7:30 PM! Volunteers will first meet at Hing Hay Park and then move into IDEA space for training. After this first event, Block Watch will continue to happen every Tuesday.

Hing Hay Coworks Presents: MindMingler Business Workshop & Happy Hour

January 1, 2015

Freelancers and small businesses, mark your calendars! Hing Hay Coworks presents its first MindMingler workshop & happy hour on Thursday, February 5th from 4:30-7 p.m. Participate in a helpful business workshop, then stay for networking, drinks, and light appetizers in our new coworking space. First topic on deck: Contracts 101.

U.S. Bank Foundation Awards Grant to SCIDpda

January 1, 2015

The SCIDpda is grateful to announce that the U.S. Bank Foundation has awarded the SCIDpda a grant in support of our organization. This grant will allow us to provide staff support for our efforts in promoting economic opportunity, such as commercial revitalization projects, small business development, and real estate development. We truly appreciate your support!

Hing Hay Coworks Open House!

January 1, 2015

Hing Hay Coworks, a new venture initiated by the SCIDpda's IDEA Space, will host an Open House event on February 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Lunar New Year Food Walk. Please stop by and learn about our new shared office space!

Hing Hay Coworks is a collaborative work space centrally located in the Bush Hotel in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown. It is open to entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-ups or small businesses and is animated by a community of business leaders who value meaningful partnership, creative exploration, and bringing ideas to market. 

We partnered with the renowned architects from Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young to create an open, flexible, and productive work space. The design is a dynamic balance of spaces for collaboration, focus, formal meetings, and informal social interaction. Members have access to: high-speed internet; free-flowing coffee and tea; printers, copiers, and fax machines; and workshops and events.

Our space will open up for monthly memberships starting in April. Space is limited, so please contact us soon if you're interested in becoming a member. Please refer all inquiries to Quang Nguyen, Hing Hay Coworks Manager, at quangn@scidpda.org.