• “Streatery” Proposed for Old Town and You Can Help!

    Streateries” like the one recently created in front of Tin Umbrella Coffee in Hillman City have been a successful strategy for cities for years to increase walkability and livability and to reduce crime. Friends of Rainier Beach Streatery have obtained a grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to pursue a Streatery roughly in front of Jude’s Old Town, but there is a match component as with most grants. Here’s an easy way for you to contribute to the success of this project!

    Jude’s owner Beau Hebert shares the big idea and let you know how you can help below:

    Please allow me to present an exciting new “Streatery” project we’ve undertaken to benefit the Rainier Beach community. In collaboration with Bike Works, The Rainier Valley Food Bank, The Rainier Beach Merchants Association, VIA Architecture, metal artist Anna Sher, and the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, we’re planning to install a bicycle/edible garden-themed “Streatery,” or Parklet, that will occupy the parking space in front of Jude’s.

    Not only will the Streatery be a benefit to community members and Jude’s Old Town, but it will serve as a point of identification for the Rainier Beach neighborhood and, being a stone’s throw from the heavily-travelled Lake Washington bicycle loop, engage Seattle’s bicycling community.

    Recognizing the value of this project, Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods awarded a matching grant to a Rainier Beach Streatery at Jude’s. To unlock this grant, we must match the amount offered through a combination of volunteer hours, donated material and community-based crowd-funding.

    Since this Streatery is a public benefit first, none of the match money can come from myself, Courtney or Jude’s Old Town; it has to come from community members and people interested in community-based projects. We’ve teamed with IOBY, or In Our Back Yard, a platform focused solely on community enhancement projects.

    Check out the campaign we’ve developed with IOBY https://www.ioby.org/project/rainier-beach-streatery-judes and please consider investing in this worthy project.

    Thanks SO MUCH for your support and generosity. We believe a Rainier Beach Streatery at Jude’s will be the most beautiful and innovative example of Seattle’s Streatery/Parklet program to date.

  • Detective Cookie Chess Park Planning: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

    Detective Cookie Chess Park Planning: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS. Download RFQ PDF HERE.

    PROJECT AND SITE BACKGROUND

    Friends of Detective Cookie Chess Park, a volunteer organization comprised of community leaders, community members, Barton Place Apartments residents, and business owners in Rainier Beach, as well as Detective Cookie herself, has proposed the creation of a small park in a Seattle Depart of Transportation (SDOT) right-of-way at Barton Place, in the Rainier Beach community. Recently awarded a Small & Simple grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund program, Friends of Det. Cookie is seeking to hire a design consultant to create a design concept for the park.

    Site Description

    The park space is approximately 4200 square feet, and proposed in the SDOT right of way at Rainier Ave S, S Barton Place, and 51st Ave S. Available space is roughly triangular, and located between a bulkhead where three streets meet. Anchoring one end is Barton Place Apartments, a Seattle Housing Authority property which houses approximately 60% disabled residents, and 40% seniors of a multitude of cultural backgrounds.

    Recent SDOT “Safe Routes to Schools” improvements in and around the right of way include new sidewalks, a new signal for pedestrians crossing Rainier Ave S, a slight shift of the Metro bus stop to the south on Rainier Ave S, and new artwork – 10-ft high “King and Queen of Rainier Beach” chess piece sculptures, inspired by Det. Cookie’s Chess Club work.
    Right of way is currently maintained by SHA through the adjacent Barton Place Apartments and the desire is for that to continue. Design plan would require that no upkeep beyond current efforts will be needed.

    Planning Process Objective

    The planning process will allow us to identify a professionally engineered design and permitting requirements for this area. Ideally this would include permanent chess tables designed by local artists or groups for public use and use by the Detective Cookie Chess Club, as well as amenities for the senior and disabled residents of the adjacent Barton Place Apartments who do not currently have outdoor community space.

    Background

    For a decade, Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin has inspired local Rainier Beach youth to avoid violence and become successful adults by developing critical thinking skills through play of the game of chess. Her Detective Cookie Urban Youth Chess Club meets twice weekly, year-round, in spaces donated by the Rainier Beach Library and the Rainier Beach Community Center. In addition, she teaches chess classes at nearby South Shore and Van Asselt schools. Each week she connects with over 190 students through her teaching efforts, and encourages them to continue to play during the week with members of the wider community, including the elderly and folks from different cultural backgrounds wherever table space is available. This space is frequently in short supply.

    Bouldin has lived in the Rainier Beach community for 30 years, and has elected to serve as a member of the Seattle Police Department here for 32 of her 35 years on the force. Upon accepting Senator Patty Murray’s Golden Tennis Shoe Award in 2011, The Stranger reported, “(Det. Cookie) spoke about how the game helps teach patience and good decision making to kids who need both in order to survive in a rough part of the city. She talked about how her chess students line up outside her donated Rainier Beach Library space before club meetings, how they then come to her saying, ‘I’m not smart; chess is for smart people,’ and leave saying, ‘Detective Cookie, I’m smart!’ And then, standing there in full police uniform, she choked up.”
    The Detective Cookie Chess Park will serve as a tribute to the woman and her successful efforts, while activating an underutilized, open-air space for her club to meet, as well as providing a safe, free, public space for youth and adults from across cultures to meet and play chess at any time.
    The concept of the chess park has had some preliminary vetting by SDOT through its “Safe Routes to Schools” improvements over the last year at Rainier Ave S and Barton Place. Based on extensive feedback, sculptures installed as a part of this project are 10-ft high “King and Queen of Rainier Beach” chess pieces which honor the Det. Cookie Chess Club and the work of Det. Cookie.

    Additionally, the Rainier Beach Merchants last year created a mobile Detective Cookie “pop-up” Chess Park, via a neighborhood matching fund grant, which has enjoyed popularity by participating in dozens of events inside and outside or Rainier Beach, and has helped to build support for this project.
    With funding now secured for a park site design, the project will be overseen by a Steering Committee of Rainier Beach residents, with input from the larger community.

    PROPOSED SCOPE OF WORK

    Once awarded the contract in early November 2016, the consultant will work with the Steering Committee, representatives from relevant local government departments (SDOT & SPU), and with members of the community by way of two public meetings, to arrive at an overall design concept for the space. The final design will include a phasing plan, and cost estimates for future construction.

    From early November, 2016, through February, 2017, the consultant will:
    • Meet with the Steering Committee as well as SDOT and SPU representatives to refine the design requirements. This includes researching and outlining any special regulatory requirements that may apply to the site (Mid-November).
    • Prepare at least two preliminary design concepts based on input from the Steering Committee, SDOT, and SPU and formally present these to the Steering Committee (Dec 14), with a follow up meeting to review (week of January 2, 2017).
    • Communicate or coordinate meetings, as necessary, with the Steering Committee, SDOT, SPU or other relevant organizations to advance and complete the design.
    • Participate in two public meetings, one (week of January 16) to refine the design with public input and a second meeting (week of February 6) to formally present the final design.
    • Provide final documents, including schematic design and cost estimates for each phase of construction (week of February 27).
    Final job description to be determined by Steering Committee, but duties may include:
    • Meeting with steering committee for general use parameters as laid out by SDOT and goals for
    • Review and measure the space.
    • Produce two initial design alternatives for presentation to the Steering Committee.
    • Create professional design boards to present at community meetings.
    • Attend a minimum of one community meeting to experience community members and their questions first hand.
    • Finalize site design based on permitting and code requirements for the City of Seattle, CPTED considerations, and broad community input.
    • Coordinate with appropriate city departments.
    • Responsible to develop CAD documents of final designs.
    • Develop estimates of necessary professional and volunteer contributions, and costs for implementation of each design.

    BUDGET

    The total budget for the work of the design consultant is $16,000. The scope of work described above is to be completed within the timeframe indicated and within this budget. All of the work will be reviewed by the Steering Committee.
    DESIGN CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS/ EVALUATION CRITERIA

    We seek a consultant with the following qualifications:
    • Extensive experience working with community groups and facilitating public input.
    • Relevant experience with environmentally sensitive open-space and pedestrian-oriented design.
    • Experience working with SDOT and SPU (for lighting considerations).
    • Familiarity with ADA standards.
    • Proven ability to work within a limited budget and short timeframe.

    CONTEXT AND DESIRED PARK FEATURES

    While the final design of the park is to be determined, initial desired features include an outdoor chess park with 6-10 permanent artist-designed chess tables and multi-functional community space in the SDOT right of way (ROW) at Rainier Ave S., S Barton Place and 51st Ave S. This will be a playspace/ public garden to honor the hard work and influence of Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin’s decade-old chess club, and its positive impact on community youth.

    Activating this space would be a benefit to the whole community with potential benefits including:
    • Beautifying a currently under-utilized public space.
    • Providing outdoor amenities to the senior and disabled residents of Barton Place Apartments.
    • Providing a space for cross-generational and cross-cultural play.
    • Honoring a local hero: Denise Bouldin aka “Detective Cookie” and her work with the decade-old Detective Cookie Chess Club.
    • Playspace for the Det. Cookie Chess Club.
    • An opportunity for a variety of artists to express creativity by designing chess tables.
    • Supporting the principals of the game of chess which are particularly important for youth in our community to learn, including plotting strategy, patience, planning, and consequences of actions.

    PROPOSED SCHEDULE

    Date Activity
    October 25, 2016 Deadline for submission of proposals
    October 28, 2016 Establish the “short list” of applicants
    October 31 – Nov 3, 2016 Applicant Interviews
    November 4, 2016 Award of contract
    Mid-November, 2016 Awardee meets with Steering Committee
    Week of December 12, 2016 First review of proposed design (by Steering Committee)
    Week of January 2, 2017 Follow-up to review (with Steering Committee and open to the public)
    Week of January 16, 2017 Public meeting #1
    Week of February 6, 2017 Public meeting #2 with final design
    Week of February 27, 2017 Submit final design documents to Steering Committee

    SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS

    Submission deadline: October 25, 2016 to info@rainierbeachsquare.com. You will be notified when we receive your proposal.

    We prefer that proposals include the following:
    • A cover letter (1 page) that includes a brief description of the firm, number of years in business, relevant expertise, experience and resources to address the proposed work, etc.
    • Project team description (1 page). Specify key personnel and the specific role each will have in the project, especially with regard to project management, community meeting facilitation and design lead. In addition, please include any experience with or knowledge of South Seattle.
    • Project description (2-3 pages), including your initial impressions of the site, proposed approach for the project, work schedule.
    • Related work examples. Provide brief project descriptions (max 1 page each) for up to three recent projects of a similar scope and nature.

    Additional Background documents:

    Site rendering
    Site Photo
    Safe Routes to Schools and artist presentation

    CLOSING COMMENTS

    As mentioned above, this park project has support from the Seattle Department of Transportation but success will be dependent on the ability to come to an equitable ongoing plan to keep this public right-of-way as a useful and positive public space, without encumbering the community with excessive costs and maintenance. We are eager to work with a designer who is passionate about community and excited about an opportunity to create a space for multigenerational, multicultural community members to thrive together, and honor a local hero.

    Please contact Maia Segura for more information: maia@rainierbeachsquare.com. 206.898.7090

  • Power in a union: What we can do for each other

    We asked our members one question during our last Rainier Beach Merchants Association member meeting: What kind of resources can we bring YOU before the end of the year? The response overwhelmed us! SUPPORT MY THING! Our greatest strength is ourselves. Below is an action list of what we all can do to help our members.

    Damaris Pearson – Rainier Beach High School
    Help us find RBHS Alumni! Action is heating up for the Rainier Beach High School Foundation which is a support for the highly successful IB Program and school staff.
    Contact Damaris for more info: Pearson, Damaris depearson@seattleschools.org

    Also, please consider becoming a community tutor for “RBHS Scholar Study Hall” (formally called Homework Center) will officially kick off Monday, Oct 3rd! RBHS Scholar Study Hall is a drop in, academic support program operated by WA-BLOC [Washington Building Leaders of Change] and partners with various university and community tutors to support scholars with: homework completion, study skills, test preparation, college/career etc.
    Contact Laura Wright for more info: lwright@seattleschools.org

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    Barb Biondo – A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth/ Seattle Neighborhood Group
    Keep your ears open for A Mission Continues work parties! We need any help we can get to work alongside veterans that have chosen projects in Rainier Beach. Next one is scheduled for Mapes Creek walkway on November 12th. Here’s a write-up in the South Seattle Emerald about the last event: https://southseattleemerald.com/2016/09/11/community-and-local-vets-commemorate-911-with-neighborhood-cleanup/
    Contact Barb for more info: Barb Biondo barb@sngi.org

    Detective Cookie Bouldin – Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club
    Play with us! Det. Cookie’s Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 2-4:30pm at the Rainier Beach Library, and every Saturday at Noon at the Rainier Beach Community Center. Stop in for one game with our youth or become a regular. Our kids need grown-ups like you in their lives. Share your awesomeness!
    Contact Det. Cookie for more info: Bouldin, Denise (Cookie) Denise.Bouldin@seattle.gov

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    Christy Cusick – Seattle Farm Coop
    We don’t want to be the best kept secret in Rainier Beach!! BUY LOCAL GIFTS and get your dog, chicken, goat and pet food here while you’re at it (Rainier Beach Hoodies now available at this location!)! New urban-ag oriented board members are also needed. Hours are Friday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.
    Contact Christy for more info: Christy Cusick christycusick@gmail.com

    Officer April Howard – Seattle Police Department South Precinct
    Please be patient and persistent with the South Precinct team right now. One officer moved out of the force, one is on maternity leave, and others are being pulled away for various reasons on a regular basis. It it’s taking longer than usual to get a response for any reason, this is why. Also, please remind community members to be aware and use safety precautions when they are walking – especially our most vulnerable like the elderly. And always look out for one another.
    Contact Officer Howard for more info: April Howard april.howard@seattle.gov

    Natalie Hester – Rainier Valley Community Development Fund
    BORROW MONEY! The RVCDF has money to lend to help you grow your business! These funds are earmarked for Rainier Valley businesses so that we can nurture our local economy. There are also mini-grants available for small marketing projects. Reach out and let Natalie know what you’re thinking.
    Contact Natalie for more info: Natalie Hester nhester@rvcdf.org

    Mason Beau Hebert – Jude’s Old Town Rainier Beach
    Jude’s is YOUR cute, cozy neighborhood bar! Quality is great and prices a bargain. So why not skip the mess at your place and book out adorable Jude’s (Winner of the 2015 Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge) for your upcoming holiday gathering?
    Contact Beau for more info: masonbeau hebert masonbeau@yahoo.com

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    D’Arcy Gholsten – Bamboo Builders Northwest
    Our RBMA Board Secretary points out that we need a business tax class to set our sights on what we should be thinking about before the end of the year. He’s so right! Please share suggestions on folks to teach this class, but the RBMA is connecting with our member Greater Seattle SCORE for possible resources.

    Hal Brookins – Greater Seattle SCORE
    Mentor or be mentored! Hal has business mentors to lend in this FREE program, and he is looking for mentors! Especially women mentors, FIVE of them, he says, because they make better business people (we hope that there are stats backing that up).
    Contact Hal for more info: Hal Brookins hal.brookins@scorevolunteer.org

    Michael Seliga – a href=”http://eatyouryard.com/”>Cascadia Edible Landscapes
    Wanna eat our yard? Our VERY newest member Cascadia Edible Landscapes has a nursery in Rainier Beach and is getting ready for its fall blow-out plant sale on October 8th. They will also be selling plants at Rainier Beach: Heart & Soul on October 1st on the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza from 12pm – 5pm. If you are interested in a Rainwise http://www.700milliongallons.org/ program rain garden, he can tell you a thing or two about that as well.
    Contact Michael for more info: Michael Seliga michael@eatyouryard.com

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    Patrice Thomas – Rainier Beach Action Coalition
    Patrice wants EVERYONE in Rainier Beach to get their Vikings on with the Rainier Beach High School Vikings football game schedule, so here you go.
    More info here: http://www.hudl.com/team/v2/36406/rainier-beach-varsity-football/schedule

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    Ramon Villalovos – Rainier Beach High Football Assistant Coach, DJ/Sound, Security
    Ramon would ALSO like to put RBMA members in seats at Vikings football games – especially on October 7th at 7pm when the team takes the field for its 2016 homecoming! Before the game, Ramon will be DJ-ing the Homecoming Tailgate BBQ October 7th from 4-6pm on campus, sponsored for the THIRD YEAR by the Rainier Beach Merchants Association (that’s us!!)! We will be feeding students and their families for free and helping the team fuel up to victory! Ramon wants to make sure that kids eat every day, though. He’d like to start a food drive for the kids, and also a fund so that helps his team get important things like safety equipment.
    If you can help out with food or funds for gear get in touch with Ramon at Ramonvillalovos@gmail.com

    And if you can hang out for either the Tailgate BBQ or the Game reach out to Maia at maia@rainierbeachsquare.com

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED – RFP Released for Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge 2017 Graphic Designer

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: GRAPHIC ARTIST
    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, SEPT 30th

    Rainier Beach Merchants Association is seeking proposals from a graphic artist to create assets for Light Up the Beach, which takes place on December 2nd, 2016.

    WHAT IS IT? A challenge from the Rainier Beach Merchants Association to decorate their business for the holiday, open doors for a special open house for the community, and compete for prizes!

    Best displays, as voted on by the community, will win prizes in each of these categories:
    – Best Execution of Theme: All You Need is Love
    – Best Overall/ People’s Choice

    WHEN IS IT? Light Up the Beach Community Open House will be held Friday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

    WHAT IS THE THEME? ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

    Sponsoring Organization
    The aim of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association is to activate the business district though programs and projects to enhance walkability and engagement in community spaces. Created in 1991, RBMA consists of an executive board and over 70 members who own businesses, live, work, or do business in Rainier Beach, and support our mission of promoting the general welfare of Rainier Beach Square businesses and residents.

    RFP Requirements
    Required assets to include, but may not be limited to:
     Estimated 4-page program with map
     Poster
     Post card/ Flyer
     Signage for businesses (variation of the poster)
     Award Certificates (up to 10 – using template changing name & award
     Digital and print advertising as necessary (estimate 2-4)
     Digital and social media assets
     Budget $1000
    Please email qualifications, past projects, sample art images, and link to online portfolio if available to maia@rainierbeachsquare.com by Monday, September 26, 2016.

  • BAAMFest By the Numbers – 2016

    We changed our community festival format this year and on all accounts, we blew our goals out of the water!

    BEFORE you do anything else, take a moment to relive the day through images HERE.

    We are gushing with pride and love for our community and can’t wait to do it again next year on July 22, 2017!

     Estimated Attendance: 5,000 – 10,000
     Performances by Local Artists on Three Stages, Featured Booths, and Art Cars: 40
     Haiku Submissions: 50+ poems
     Flying Disc Design Contest Participants: 200
     Artist, Vendor and Community Booths: 46
     Community Groups Participating in Planning: 9
     Number of Volunteers: 80
     Revenue Generated Through T-Shirt and Swag Donations: $1500
     Number of RBMA Businesses Sponsoring: 33
     Percentage of RBMA Businesses Sponsoring: 50%
     Member Sponsorships and In-Kind Donations Totaling over $10,600
     Total In-Kind Donations, Including Press Sponsorships: $12,300
     Press/ Mentions: 30+
     Capacity Building: Purchased Dance Floor, 10 radio headsets for community use. To date, two community events have maxed their grants by using these resources!
     Quantity of joy and Rainier Beach community pride: INFINITE!

  • THANK YOU RBMA STP Hydration Station Volunteers!

    Thanks so much to our many members who came out to participate in the 3rd Annual RBMA Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride Classic Hydration Station to cheer on, hydrate, and taunt with a donut on s stick the 10,000 riders who come flying through Rainier Beach each year for this iconic bike race.

    Merril & Merrill Insurance, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital, Bamboo Builders, Greater Seattle SCORE, Rainier Beach High School, Penniless Projects, and Rainier Beach Community Club all represented in a group of 20 volunteers!

    Check out a video of the action below!

     

     

     

  • BAAMFest is ON!

    Rainier Beach Merchants Association is producing its annual Rainier Beach Arts & Music (BAAM) Fest multi-cultural extravaganza on July 23rd at the Rainier Beach Community Center from 11am – 7pm to activate and celebrate our incredible, diverse, talented community! This is a FREE community festival that is supported by local businesses, Seattle Parks, the Office of Economic Development and many hours of volunteer effort.

    With a theme of “Our Story,” this year’s event will feature local artists, music, spoken word, and dance performances, contests, childrens’ activities, workshops, and food trucks that represent our community. “Our Story” reveals the storytelling of our histories, thoughts, and cultures through all of the arts.

    HERE’S WHAT WE GOT!
    Grace Love & the True Loves – Big Band Blues Music
    Massive Monkees – World Champion Break Dancers
    SANCA Circus Arts School Youth Performance
    Art Installation by Yeggy Michael
    Rhythms of India – Bollywood Dance Performance & Workshop
    KUOW Story Corps Listening Party
    Ben & Joe Band – Roots Music
    Ken Workman – Duwamish Elder- Welcome & Blessing – Chief Sealth’s 4-th Great Grandson
    New Revelations – Gospel Choir
    Reagan Jackson- Poetry Reading/ Youth poets
    Pacific Northwest Drumline – Multicultural drum line
    Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra
    Rell Be Free & Friends – Spoken Word Artists
    Centerpiece Jazz Band/ Con Brio – Latin Jazz
    Somali Community Dancers – Traditional Dance
    Rainier Dance Center – Youth Dance Performance
    Ocheami – Interactive traditional African dance & drumming
    ESSAM and Al Madani – Multimedia spoken word and mural project
    DJ – Ramon Villalovos – Music/ MC
    The Moss – Youth Girl Band Music
    Filipino Youth Drill Team – Traditional Filipino Dance/ Martial Arts
    School of Rock- Youth rock music
    Dex Amora & Beats by Robel – Hip Hop
    Paul Che Oke Ten Wagner – Native American/ Coast Salish Story Telling
    Rabbi Kate Speizer/ Jewish in Seattle – Jewish Storytelling
    Zumba Class with Rainier Health & Fitness- Work it out!
    DJ Smooth T – DJ
    Workshops & Demos by Pratt Fine Art Center
    Zine Creation & Art Appreciation Workshops
    Featured mixed media visual artist Sandra Jo Palm
    Art Cars
    Chalk art, haiku, and flying disc contests
    Art & community booths

    Food Trucks
    Full Tilt
    Maya’s Mexican Fiesta
    Black Star Kebab
    Cafe Red
    Jackson’s Catfish Corner

    & SO MUCH MORE!

    Thank you to our generous sponsors including the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle program, Vulcan, Safeway, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Third Place Books, Raconteur, Seattle Parks/Rainier Beach Community Center, Ron Angeles, Dorothy Driver Real Estate, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, The Critter Camp, Merrill & Merrill Insurance, Rainier Dance Center, Rainier Vallley Food Bank, Redwing Cafe, Rainier Beach Community Center, Pizzeria Pulcinella, King County Libraries, SCORE Seattle, Derek Johnson Photography, Balanced Massage, Bamboo Builders, Rainier Beach Veterinary Clinic, Satmato Yoga, Rainier Beach Ready Emergency Hub, RainierView Advisors, Jude’s Old Town, Esquiness Fine Woodworks, DeBody LLC, and other local Rainier Beach Businesses.

  • Call to Community and Artist Participation in BAAMFest!

    Following in the foot steps of SummerFest and Art Walk Rainier Beach, Rainier BAAMFest is the next generation of arts celebrations in our community. This event is happening July 23rd at the Rainier Beach Community Center from 11am – 7pm, and we expect over 3000 attendees this year.

    This year’s theme is “Our Story” exploring the ways that we express ourselves and our cultures through all forms of art. We already have a SUPER impressive line up of performers and activities which we will share with you shortly, but in the meantime, here are several ways to get involved:

    CALL TO ARTISTS AND VENDORS: Show off your incredible arts and crafts talents and make money doing it!! Early bird pricing if you sign up before May 27th. http://www.rainierbeachmerchants.com/baamfest/call-to-artists/

    COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS: We LOVE having a cross-section of the community to help us plan this event and makesure that it reflects all of us and shows off what we got! Our next committee meeting will be Tuesday, May 17th at Cafe Avole (6330 Rainier Ave S – Rainier & Holly) at 4:30pm. PLEASE JOIN US! We promise to respect your time. The next meeting is important for a fun brainstorming session to make sure that we are on the right track (there will be snacks!). Decide after this meeting where you fit in, the time commitment that you have, and where you think you can have the most fun with the greatest affect. We STRONGLY encourage youth to be a part of this meeting!

    RFP FOR GRAPHIC ARTIST: We just posted an RFP for a graphic artist! Check it out here: http://www.rainierbeachmerchants.com/?p=2772&preview=true

    CALL TO COMMUNITY GROUPS: We are also hoping to have awesome representation from our community groups at this event so that you can reach the peeps you want to connect with, and just join in an AWESOME community celebration! For now you can use the artist application, but we will have one soom for community groups. OR you can email info@rainierbeachsquare.com.

    Thanks everyone! Cannot WAIT to get this party started!

  • Annonuncing: Requests for Proposals for Rainier BAAMFest

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: GRAPHIC ARTIST

    Rainier Beach Merchants Association is seeking proposals from a graphic artist to create assets for Rainier BAAMFest, which takes place on July 23rd, 2016.

    Rainier BAAMFest (Beach Arts & Music Fest) is a signature event of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association, and the next generation of community arts celebration in Rainier Beach, focusing on the rich diversity of cultures and creativity in our midst, with a high level of community involvement in the planning and execution of the event.

    Sponsoring Organization

    The aim of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association is to activate the business district though programs and projects to enhance walkability and engagement in community spaces. Created in 1991, RBMA consists of an executive board and nearly 70 members who own businesses, live, work, or do business in Rainier Beach, and support our mission of promoting the general welfare of Rainier Beach Square businesses and residents.
    RFP Requirements

    Required assets to include, but may not be limited to:
     Logo theme refresh
     Estimated 6-page program
     Map
     Poster
     Post card
     Signage
     Digital and print advertising
     Digital and social media assets

    Please email pricing, qualifications, past projects, sample art images, and link to online portfolio if available to homesbysally@gmail.com by Monday, May 16th, 2016.

  • Bridge to Beach + Comcast Cares Day = Big Beach LOVE!

    On Saturday, April 30th, an estimated 600 volunteers streamed into Rainier Beach for Bridge to Beach and Comcast Cares Day to primp, prune, and beautify our community. The Rainier Beach Merchants Association played a critical role in the year-long planning process for this event andlong with many local community groups, resulting in dozens of projects in Rainier Beach, and over 50 throughout the Rainier Valley.

    In its eighth year encompassing communities from the I-90 Bridge to Rainier Beach, and originally conceived and powered by the Rainier Chamber and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Bridge to Beach Clean Up was joined this year by Comcast Cares Day, which contributed an estimated $20,000 in resources for the event in  supplies, food, and labor. Additionally, Comcast employees and their families accounted for almost 500 volunteers who worked on projects here in Rainier Beach.

    Rainier Beach Merchants Association members worked on projects from Emerson School garden beds, to hauling dozens of bags of garbage from the Mapes Creek and Fisher Place Walkways/ 52nd Ave S area, to our sponsored project – a mural at King Donuts.

    The mural was designed by Rainier Beach High School Freshman Janeesha Leadingfighter by way of Monika Matthews’ Young Queens of Rainier Beach group, which according to Matthews, “uplifts the esteem of girls while promoting academic scholarship and social awareness.” A certificate of appreciation and gift certificate to Safeway were presented to Leadingfighter for her contribution.

    The production of the mural included panel assembly and prep by Rainier Beach High School’s Construction Class, technical design and color refining assistance from RBMA member Daimian Lix of Penniless Projects, outlining by City Year volunteers, and day-of painting by Young Queens, RBMA, community, and Comcast volunteers. While the RBMA had a full crew to paint the mural, the project was so popular that many volunteers re-tasked themselves to other projects including the Mapes Creek clean up. 

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    The King Donuts mural project finishes an effort led by the RBMA last year to help repair and beautify King Donuts and the corner of 51st and Rainier, and show community support for Ma & Pa Hay who were mugged in their parking lot in January 2015. Members from across the community rolled up sleeved, scraped, cut and hammered on the building to make critical repairs and aesthetic improvements to show the community and bad guys that King Donuts is proud to be a part of this community and is here to stay. The mural concept occurred at the time. A “pink frosting” paint job during the last year laid the canvas for Channa Hay’s concept and Leadingfighter’s design. 

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    RBMA king Donuts Project for Bridge to Beach 2015. Photo by Matt McKnight.

    The RBMA would like to thank all of the local, City of Seattle, and Comcast support for this event!

    More great photos from our member Derek Johnson Photographic HERE. Unveiling phots below.

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