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As the Rainier Valley Post reported on June 6, 2012, the Rainier Beach neighborhood was the winner of Seattle's Waste Management's Think Green Recycling Challenge. This is without a doubt thanks to the inspired efforts of the Rainier Beach Community Club leadership and members. The prize? $50,000 for a Main Street Makeover.
Truth be told, we had been unaware of the challenge, perhaps because we already Think Green.
Until this summer we didn't know much about the Rainier Beach Community Club other than that it was a social club, more focused on positive action than complaining about problems. Last fall we accompanied friends to RBCC's After Thanksgiving Party (great way to revamp and share leftovers y'all!). The old Rainier Beach Club House was rocking with live music and animated banter of adults and children. Nice!
The reason for attending a membership meeting this summer was to introduce the Social Network Nextdoor. Two days prior to the meeting I had almost inadvertently created a Nextdoor website. How? By drawing a circle around the houses of people we know in our immediate neighborhood after reading an article about Nextdoor in the New York Times.
At the meeting RBCC president Sue Harambe announced that our neighborhood had won the Main Street Makeover prize. Hooray! $50,000 for beautification of the crosswalks, bike racks, flower baskets, park benches, maybe a kiosk, and possibly banners that tie the larger business section of the neighborhood together.
At the meeting I proposed the germ of a Storytelling Public Art idea. A project that points at the the Xacuabš, the indigenous people who lived along the shores of S.E. Lake Washington. Visual storytelling will tie their history to the present Rainier Beach and Be'er Sheva Park. Not something that would be made possible by the WM Award as became clear. Still, the more developed idea for that project will fit 4Culture's Heritage Special Projects program.
As a storyteller, whose history do you bring to live?
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