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.

Revisioning HPIC's performance and dance space

Above, super-trustee Billy Markham removing the remnants.

We’re thrilled and honored to report that HPIC has been awarded a Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $25,840. The old drop-down ceiling will be removed, the existing ceiling and walls above the wood panel will get new drywall and paint, HVAC will be upgraded, lighting and audio/visual will be improved, and the stage proscenium will be enhanced.

The project will improve indoor air quality, while upgrading the space to be even more supportive of performing arts and cultural activities. We hope to host streamed performances in the near future, Covid precautions allowing, and when we are able to re-open we will have a refreshed and more accessible space for the community as well as a venue for local performers and artists.

Neighborhood Matching Funds are all about volunteer match and this grant requires a 100% match. We are organizing the physical efforts and in the meantime, we value your input! Send us your ideas for the space, for programming, for virtual things we might do.

The NMF grant was very competitive this year and we thank the City’s Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund for their support and trust. We also 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.

New street sign art on Holden

To all those stuck in re-routed bridge traffic and all the walkers too – a streetcar came up the hill once upon a time. Thanks to artists Kay, Kelly, Judith and Monica.

The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) – the heart of our community since 1919.

HPIC belongs to our neighborhood and is powered by volunteers.

We are following the guidance of public health officials in keeping people and the premises safe. We will update as things change. See the complete Letter from the HPIC Board from 03/15/20.

And, please click here to take our survey!


We’re excited to introduce our HPIC coloring page! Color this and put it in your window – show your love and solidarity! Thanks to our neighbor Sonya Rupnick for creating this artwork that reflects HPIC and our neighborhood and is perfect for coloring. Click on the image for a printable version, print and color as many as you like, and post in your windows so we can feel together even though we are apart.

And when we are finally able to gather again – which will be a very special event – we will ask everyone to take the colored artworks from their windows and bring them to the club, where we will create a collective display with them for everyone to see and feel connected.

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.

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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. Please join us when we can resume in-person meetings on the 4th Wednesday of every month – Doors open at 6:30 pm – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club on the corner of 12th Ave SW and SW Holden. Email:  hpacchair@gmail.com