In Residence—Histories of Capitol Hill and What We’ll Build Next
This event is free.
Residents of Seattle’s Capitol Hill know of the neighborhood’s history of renovation, and of the many populations who have found it difficult to find housing. Now Erik Molano—Town Hall’s Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident
for Capitol Hill and the Central District—presents a celebration of Capitol Hill’s history and an examination of what it means to preserve heritage in the age of development.
Poets, activists, and historians share the stage to weave a tapestry of time and culture, delving into Capitol Hill’s past and discussing critical topics such as the support of local businesses and the creation of affordable housing. Presenters convene to examine the impact that our strong Black and Jewish communities have had on the neighborhood, as well as explore factors in the neighborhood that are displacing members of the LGBTQ community. Take this opportunity to reflect on Capitol Hill’s past and help to shape its future—and to discuss how to get involved in the development process to shape the neighborhood you love in the present.
Erik Molano is Town Hall’s 2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident representing Capitol Hill and the Central District. He is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. Erik believes that Seattle has the characteristics necessary to create a true social shift, and he encourages Seattle towards becoming the world’s first self-designing community.
Bradley Horst is the co-organizer of this event miniseries. He is a graduate student currently studying at the University of Washington for a PhD in History. He organizes with the Seattle People’s Party and is a lead organizer for Queers for Nikkita.
Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won a 2016 American Book Award. In 2015, Da’ was both a Made at Hugo House Fellow and a Jack Straw Fellow. Her next book, Instruments of the True Measure, is forthcoming in 2018.
Anastacia Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at the Hugo House. She is the author of: Forget It, (v.), Answer(Me), and 26. Her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.
Sarah Galvin is the author of Ugly Time, The Three Einsteins and The Best Party of our Lives; contributor to The Guardian, Vice Magazine, The Stranger, and City Arts; and is also a human bottle rocket. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington.
Ty Nolan is an American Indian Storyteller and Teacher who provides training and technical assistance in multicultural education and health. He is a leader among queer elders in Seattle, organizing them to advise the LGBTQ Capitol Hill Elder Housing project that is currently pending construction.
Alex Brennan is a Senior Planner at Capitol Hill Housing (CHH). Since 1976, CHH has worked alongside the community to build and preserve housing affordable to working families and promote the qualities that make Seattle a vibrant and engaged city.
Mary Anne Henderson is a humanities teacher at the Northwest School in Capitol Hill. She worked as a researcher and consultant for the Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Throughout her education several wonderful teachers nurtured a growing interest in history and Mary Anne strives to bring the subject alive in similar ways for her students.
Tom Heuser is the president of the Capitol Hill Historical Society. As an historian, his primary focus is on historical buildings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He picks one and researches every possible detail he can on who had it built, and who lived and worked there, and the broader context in which they all came together. He is currently working on a historical Geographical Information System, to use 3D maps to discover Seattle spaces throughout history. The organization’s mission is to gather, preserve, and share the history of the communities that have shaped Capitol Hill.
Cynthia Brothers started the site Vanishing Seattle in 2016 to document the displaced and disappearing institutions, cultures, and communities of Seattle. She’s a nonprofit and philanthropic consultant who’s worked in the areas of immigrant rights, online organizing, and arts & culture. Cynthia is also a member of the Chinatown International District Coalition/Humbows Not Hotels and has contributed to The Seattle Globalist.
Poetry performances by Laura Da, Anastacia Renee, and Sarah Galvin
Ty Nolan storytelling
Alex Brennan presentation on 12th Ave Arts development
Presented by Town Hall Seattle with support from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and The Cloud Room as part of the Civics series.