HPIC is adapting to our times.
To enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood by providing an inclusive gathering place, hosting neighborhood programs that celebrate the diverse arts and culture we represent, and fostering community engagement today and for future generations to come.
While our regular programming is halted due to the global pandemic and our desire to keep our community safe and well, our volunteers – neighbors and friends – are creating new ways to support those in need and also provide virtual opportunities to gather.
Thank you for your donations which help keep our doors open to directly support the community during this time of need.
May 8 – Sat 8:30 pm PST
Lucky Mystery Now Orchestra is a collective of prominent Seattle musicians and collaborators who perform and improvise over original, rudimentary, and minimalist works conceived by Joel Ricci, composer, trumpet player, and metaphysicist. These tunes are offered as vehicles for the various individual interpretations by the artists of the Orchestra, while simultaneously presenting a reflection of a functioning and flourishing collective ecstatic ceremony/ritual.
Please do tune in and lend your attention and intention to our musical and rhythmic efforts.
May 22 – 4 – 8pm Highland Park Decanted + Building Tours
Save the date – more to come!
Diversity and Inclusion at HPIC
Change is occurring on all levels at HPIC. Not only are we taking this time to make much needed improvements to our building, we are also examining the club’s own history, processes and programming in order to better represent and celebrate the diversity of our community, and foster inclusion throughout all that we do as an organization.
The HPIC board cares deeply about the people of our community, and we want to be explicit about our stand for social justice. We have a lot to learn, and we look forward to sharing this journey with you. If you have ideas or suggestions of what you would like to see, please reach out to be a part of the change.
The Story of our BLM Banner
In the Summer of 2020, Members of Highland Park Improvement Club eagerly created and installed a large Black Lives Matter banner on to the garden fence to show support for the rise of the movement and to acknowledge the long overdue attention to this human issue.
Soon after, the banner was stolen and destroyed; pieces were found on surrounding streets near HPIC. In early July, the West Seattle Blog covered the story and asked for the community to keep an eye out and give any information they had regarding the theft. A local sign shop owner saw the article and graciously offered to make a replacement banner. He thoughtfully made two banners, just in case there was another theft.
The new banner was hung on the fence but vandalized with graffiti soon after. The third banner was also destroyed; sliced in a few places that were able to be repaired and re-hung, but then once again, shredded beyond repair.
With this more permanent attempt at a show of support we acknowledge that we continue to proudly believe that Black Lives Matter and that we refuse to succumb to the fear of destruction. HPIC stands proudly with the BIPOC community.
Work in progress
The work continues on HPIC’s Performance and Dance Space, with funding from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $25,840.
The project will improve indoor air quality, while upgrading the space to be even more supportive of performing arts and cultural activities. When we are able to re-open, we will have a refreshed and more accessible space for the community, as well as an improved venue for local performers and artists.
Neighborhood Matching Funds are all about volunteer match. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the building work, email us and we’ll add your name to our list.
Also, we value your input! Send us your ideas for the space, for programming, for virtual things we might do.
We thank King County and 4Culture for the Building Structural Improvements Grant, and also for support from the Covid Cultural Relief Fund, which has helped us pay our bills during this time.
Spring refresh: street sign art on Holden
Ready to leave winter behind! Thanks to artists Kay,
Kelly (aka Easter Bunny), Judith (not pictured) and Monica.
Ongoing and in-process:
HPIC has received a generous $50,000 grant from 4Culture for structural improvements and partial roofing for the building.
Thanks to 4Culture for supporting our neighborhood gathering space and recognizing its value with this grant. We look forward to these mostly hidden but important upgrades that will keep us strong. Thanks also for Covid-relief support to help us pay our bills during this challenging time.
And thanks to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant of $25,840 to revitalize our Gathering and Performance Space.
Highland Park Action Committee: All volunteer & not for profit. Our role is to be an advocate for Highland Park and to affect positive change in our neighborhood. Currently meeting via Zoom. Check our website https://hpacinfo.wordpress.com/ or email email@example.com.