Here's who you helped us support last year.
Each year the West Seattle Garden Tour, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks out other non-profits whose goals fit our mission—to promote horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors within West Seattle and neighboring communities. In 2017 we donated $26,800 to the amazing local projects detailed below. Your purchase of garden tour and raffle tickets, along with the generous support of our sponsors and donors, made that possible. Our 2018 beneficiaries will be announced soon!
If you are interested in requesting a grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour, please note the change in policy and timeline beginning in 2019. Application forms will be available on request through our Beneficiary Chair, Vivian Mizuta, beginning April 1. We will be accepting only 8-10 completed grant applications, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those applicants will be invited to present their organization's project at a committee meeting beginning this fall. These limited application slots will fill quickly, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can. Non-profits who receive a grant from the garden tour will not be eligible to apply the following year, to allow more organizations to compete for funds.
If you would like to make a donation so that we may provide even more funds to worthy non-profits, please do! Your donation is tax-deductible, and incredibly appreciated.
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery is a non-profit arts organization located in West Seattle with programs in theater, visual arts and education. ArtsWest is nationally renowned for its Theatre Education Program. ArtsWest is one of only three arts organizations in the United States to receive three successive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the Summer School in the Arts program. Funds from WSGT will support ArtsWest’s Theater Education Program, where students learn more than how to sing, dance, and act. They learn how to think creatively, take calculated risks, and work as a team. Students with this kind of training become the leaders of tomorrow, and your support helps nurture these young people into becoming community leaders.
City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate. Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often fruit goes unused because people are not sure when to harvest it, how to best use it, or they are put off by damage caused by preventable disease and pests. City Fruit is reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest what they need and to share the rest with others. Each year, City Fruit harvests fruit from backyard trees and public parks, donating the best into Seattle's emergency food system. This work has grown substantially in the last few years and in 2016, they collected over 53,000 pounds of fruit. Nearly 13,000 pounds of fruit came from West Seattle alone! In 2017, West Seattle Garden Tour will fund a second harvester to the annual effort, which should allow City Fruit to double the amount of fruit harvested in our area. Get involved in the annual harvest by registering your tree on City Fruit's website.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) envisions a vibrant and thriving Delridge community, striving to activate growth in the Delridge corridor by providing vital resources for all our neighbors. These resources include affordable housing, food justice, preservation of green space, arts and culture, and education. DNDA recognizes the power of utilizing art in teaching youth about the environment, and has successfully implemented projects throughout the community that showcase the talent and skill of our youth while capturing or telling the story of the environmental history of Delridge. Funding from WSGT in 2017 will further DNDA’s work on the Delridge Wetlands Restoration and Stewardship Project. This project is a community effort to restore and protect the natural wetlands and adjacent greenspace located at 23rd Avenue SW and SW Findlay Street in West Seattle. The project provides opportunities for local area school children to have access to an outdoor classroom that supplements environmental education curriculum developed by local teachers.
Founded in 1972, One Reel is a non-profit arts organization that provides arts access and education programming throughout the Pacific Northwest, challenges artists to create and explore, and takes part in training our next generation of arts and events industry professionals. Now in its fourth year, Pianos in the Parks is a summer concert series that brings artist-designed pianos to King County-area parks and open spaces, including many underserved and rural areas, for free performances, education programming, and public use. This year, through collaboration with Seattle Parks & Recreation and King County Parks, One Reel will produce Pianos in the Parks with a number of contributing community partners. One Reel believes public parks are inherently ideal spaces for music and the arts and is honored to produce the public benefit of free arts programming in diverse communities throughout King County. Free youth piano lessons and arts education programming will be focal points of the 2017 Pianos in the Parks schedule, and will be generously funded by the West Seattle Garden Tour.
Seattle Children's PlayGarden improves the quality of life for children with physical or mental disabilities by providing them access to a safe, garden-based outdoor recreation space and offering inclusive programs that encourage their potential. This public park is designed for children of all abilities to enjoy—kids on two feet, kids with walkers, kids in wheelchairs and kids who communicate differently. The Pollinator Pathway surrounds the entire one-acre site of the PlayGarden and is filled with perennials, small shrubs, topiary animals and a wide variety of plants that support the natural habitat of butterflies and pollinators. However, it is now seven years old and in need of a major renovation, which WSGT will fund in 2017. Once renovated the Pollinator Pathway & Gardens will once again be the lush, beautiful, and productive gardens they are intended to be. The balance of plants and the support to the pollinators will be re-established and the children will have many more insects, flowers, and birds to explore!
The West Seattle Bee Garden (WSBG) serves as a space where all visitors are welcome to come visit the bees, learn about the role of pollinators in the health of plants and our food supply, and enjoy the surrounding pollination garden, P-Patch, adjacent park and playground. The WSBG resides in the High Point neighborhood, and is part of the High Point Commons P-Patch – where a significant number of residents and P-Patch gardeners are refugees from Somalia, Vietnam and Cambodia. This year West Seattle Garden Tour’s funding will be helping to maintain the WSBG bee enclosure and surrounding pollination garden, to continue their educational programming, and hopefully to install a pollinator hotel feature. With the right resources, the WSBG will continue to flourish and serve as a space rich in beauty, education and community.