Next Steps for Shelf Life
End of an Era
It’s hard to believe, but it has been over two years since Shelf Life got the keys to its little storefront in the Promenade Shopping Center. So much has happened! In that time, we’ve interviewed over 70 community members, provided five free workshops in audio recording and interviewing techniques, thrown countless parties and open houses, hosted three youth art exhibits, and produced a ten-episode podcast!
We have so many ideas for what to do next. We spent all summer asking Central District residents how community stories can serve the neighborhood. We’ve taken that feedback and incorporated it into our next steps. All we need now is the capacity and funding to make those ideas happen. Make a tax-deductible donation here!
Water + Art +Stories!
We are saddened to learn that R & L Home of Good Bar-B-Que will close its doors after 66 years in business. We’d like to share a few stories about R & L that Shelf Life interviewees have shared with us.
Shelf Life on Low Power FM!
Shelf Life has known for a long time that we need to ask Central District residents (and those with roots in the CD) how community stories can serve the neighborhood. How can Shelf Life return these stories to the community in ways that are meaningful?
We have some very exciting news for radio listeners who love the Shelf Life podcast. We are on your radio. Your actual radio.
Seattle Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary
Listen to stories from Central District residents about how they are impacted by the displacement taking place in their neighborhood, followed by suggested resources (books and films).
And I've Been There Ever Since
This week is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Seattle Black Panther Party Chapter. Here are some stories we've recorded with people who participated in, or benefited from, the Seattle Black Panther Party.
Love Letter to the Red Apple
We want to mark the passing of community leader and entrepreneur, DeCharlene Williams. On the same day that Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, DeCharlene Williams opened her beauty salon in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. In the first story, DeCharlene talks about how hard it was to start a business as a young, black woman. In the second story, Marie Kidhe talks about the importance of her regular childhood visits to DeCharlene's salon.
At the end of 2017, the Red Apple grocery, at 23rd and Jackson, closed forever. Listen to community members talk about what the Red Apple meant to them.