In addition to the food families regularly receive from the food bank, this initiative will supply them with $10 worth of vouchers that can be redeemed for fresh and organic produce at the West Seattle Farmers Market. This way, clients can visit the market when it's convenient for them and select items to suit their preferences and dietary needs. The program also helps to benefit and support local farmers.
Tucked into a two-story loft space, Mind Unwind is both an art gallery and a happening events space. Visitors can peruse the rotating art that cascades across the long stretch of walls or join classes such as cartooning, painting, or Paint It Up, which is hosted at local bars. Though only recently established, Mind Unwind holds fast to its vision of becoming a collective for local artists, a community outreach organization, and a space for all types of performances. A portion of all Mind Unwind event proceeds go to a non-profit that aims to reinstate art-education in schools.
Nancy Whitlock deals in the ineffable. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she yearned for a connection to her neighborhood. One day, she was making cards using swatches of fabric and colored pencil, and got the idea to host an art festival on her block with the theme “What Is Your Art?” Neighbors came together and shared quilts, paintings, photography, and kids activities. Still not satisfied, though, Nancy hosted an even bigger festival in Lincoln Park the following year to celebrate the connection between art and nature. From there, she expanded even further to offer programs as Nature Consortium.
The Arts in Nature Festival continues today from Camp Long. Every year, people return to view musical performances and multimedia presentations in the woods and take part in naturalist activities in the meadow. In addition to the festival, Nature Consortium connects people to art and nature through two primary programs: Urban Forest Restoration Project and the Youth Art Program. The Youth Art Program provides out-of-school training in painting, music, culinary arts, urban arts, and dance, whereas the Urban Forestry Restoration Project sponsors volunteer parties to remove invasive species and plant native trees while local musicians play. Nature Consortium’s regular events also connect people with art and nature through wine tasting in the woods, an art walk, and outdoor indie-film nights.
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