I first discovered Hillman City Collaboratory in 2016 while working with housing activists to save a Central District family from displacement — the collaboratory was a space where we could strategize and discuss. The second time I engaged with the space was when I attended a clothing swap in the main mixing room. High-quality clothes were neatly folded into stacks — anyone could grab some pretty decent threads and it didn’t matter if they had money or something to trade. And then there were the films and the talks and the discussions and the various events — social, political, cultural, artistic, and business-related — that I attended at the collaboratory throughout the years.
But as I approached the Hillman City Collaboratory headquarters on April 30, I could see, even from across Rainier Avenue, that the social change incubator that once teemed with life was completely deserted. This was the final day of the community hub — they had to vacate the premises. An older man, who looked to be in his 60s, stood about 30 feet from the entrance. He smoked a cigarette and peered down the empty sidewalk. As I tugged on the collaboratory door, the man took a final draw on his cigarette and approached me. I wanted to know more about the closing of the collaboratory, I explained. He nodded in understanding as if he had been expecting me and we went inside.
Joel DeJong, founder of the South End’s Crowdsource Choir, a non-religious and non-commitment-orientated singing group, remembers a night in 2017 on the light rail train. He and his wife were on their way home around midnight after seeing the famed rock group U2 at CenturyLink Field with a crowd of many thousands. But on the train, DeJong noticed, everyone was on their phones, removed from one another. So, like one does, he started singing Bono’s lyrics.
Should I stay or should I go? Be there or not to be there? Speak up or be silent? The characters in Tony Kushner’s drama A Bright Room Called Day ask themselves these questions and many others, but not at the beginning of the play. The audience, by extension, may ask themselves the same questions.
You may remember hearing of the Seattle Realist Artists in February when wereportedon their first exhibition at the Hillman City Collaboratory. The inaugural exhibit featured a group of students, emerging and professional artists, all of whom showcased a range of work on sale to the public.Continue reading Art Exhibit Returns Realism to Hillman City→
Perhaps no other undertaking so far has quite as strongly exemplified the Emerald’s spirit of delivering content “by and for the community” than last month’s “31 Days of Revolutionary Women” series, which turned Women’s History Month from an obligatory rattling off of the usual subjects and a casual tip of the hat into an all-out month-long celebration of those who brought the badass-ery, blazed the heck out of the trails, put their very lives on the line or just plain weren’t afraid to be themselves – all without giving a damn about who considered their deeds worth of history books or made-for-television biopics. Continue reading Celebration of Revolutionary Women This Friday in Hillman City→
Fitness:Kettleball Fundamentals Workshop– Details: Whether you’ve been incorporating kettlebell exercise into your workouts on your own or have never picked one up, this workshop will help you fine-tune the basics of using these fun and effective tools to burn hundreds of calories an hour and gain strength and endurance for fitness or sport. We’ll cover essential kettlebell safety, technique and exercises like the kettlebell swing, clean and snatch under the tutelage of the 2014 WA USAPL Coach of the Year, Nikolai Puchlov. Maximum 6 students to ensure quality. Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to get hands on experience and your questions answered from a pro. Cost is $80 Time: 10:30am-12:30pm Where: Seattle Kettleball Club at Ridge Fitness 1413 31st Ave S Seattle, WA 98144- MoreInfo: email@example.comContinue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Party with “Three Kings” and Plan for a “Bazaar” Time in Hillman City→