Africatown Celebrating our History…Planning Our Future
It was a great day in the Central District this past Sunday, July 8th. An estimated 300+ people came out for the Paint The Block Party creating a 30,000+ sq. ft. mural in honor of Black community that has called the Central District home for over 130 years and marking our place in the future of the Central District and Seattle. The paint party is helping to bring to life an interim activation that captures the essence of what community wants to see in the redeveloped 23rd & Union including space for Black community, culture, commerce.
The project is being led by Africatown Central District Preservation & Development Association and Studio Zewde in collaboration with Urban Artworks and made possible by Africatown Community Land Trust, Lake Union Partners and Capitol Hill Housing with support from Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District, Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development, Weinstein AU, WG Clark Construction and Walsh Construction.
Also last week Africatown Community Land Trust was awarded an equitable development grant of $1,000,000 to help fund Africatown Plaza building to be developed with Capitol Hill Housing on the Midtown Center site and $75,000 for organization capacity. The overall development costs for the project are estimated at $42,000,000.
Now, this weekend join us to plan for the future of the Central District that makes the essence of the activation permanent at 23rd and Union and throughout the CD!
Imagine Africatown Design Weekend brings international architects to Seattle to imagine the future of Central District and Black neighborhoods
This weekend July 13-14 Africatown welcomes renowned designer Walter Hood, founder of Hood Design Studio and Pan African architect Nmadili Okumabua, founder Community Design & Planning Initiative Africa to Seattle to headline our first ever Imagine Africatown Central District Design Weekend, July 13-14 at the legendary Garfield High School.
On Friday the Design Town Hall will feature Walter and Nmadili will share ideas join Dr. Marcia Arunga with a featured performance by Dadabass.
After being inspired by the work and ideas of visionaries Walter Hood and Nmadili Okumabua and memories of the CD as told by Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga on Friday at the Design Town Hall, Saturday we will take to bringing our own ideas to life with an all day Design Cipher workshop.
Four sites in the Central District including Black community landmarks Seattle Vocational Institute and Bryant Manor will be reimagined as a local “Black Wall Street” or “Wakanda”, but these places could be anywhere we are: Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Leimert Park in LA, Harlem, Southside Chicago or Third Ward in Houston!
Let’s imagine and design thriving Black neighborhoods of the future. Places where our well being is the focus, our legacies are honored, our spirits are nourished, our genius is cultivated and our collective futures are bright!”
About Walter Hood
Walter Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California. Hood Design Studio is his tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. He is also a professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Walter designs and creates urban spaces and objects that are public sculpture. Believing everyone needs beauty in their life, he makes use of everyday objects to create new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies of urban space. http://www.hooddesignstudio.com/
About Nmadili Okwumabua
Nmadili Okwumabua is an Atlanta based architect and CEO of Southern Sahara, a design consultancy specializing in the research and development of modern African architecture. Nmadili is also the founder of Founder of the Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa and a professor of African Architecture & Urban Design at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. https://www.cpdiafrica.org/the-founder/
Central District Design Weekend
Design Town Hall, July 13th, 5-8pm, Garfield High School
Design Cipher, July 14th, 10am-5pm, Garfield High School
Community Dinner, 14th, 5-9pm, 23rd & Union
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