The Pomegranate Center chooses communities for Gathering Places Project

June 7, 2011

By Staff

The Pomegranate Center, of Issaquah, recently announced its four projects selected for this year’s Gathering Places Project, its partnership with Tully’s Coffee to spark a movement to create gathering places in communities across the country, where people can meet, linger, chat and celebrate.

The center’s four projects are:

  • Hunter Farm Gathering Place: Transformation of a mostly vacant area in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle into an artistic community space, providing the community with a much-needed recreation area.
  • Mercer Island Library: Creation of an outdoor gathering, learning and nature space that is adjacent to the library.
  • Downtown Sumner Gathering Place: Conversion of a downtown alley into a vibrant, art-filled community-gathering space, a first in the business district of Sumner.
  • Square Park: Redevelopment of an existing and well-loved community park in the Totem Lake neighborhood by adding additional social space.

The Pomegranate Center is an internationally recognized leader in developing neighborhood gathering places and is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to community-generated design and development.

Community organizer Milenko Matanovic founded the Pomegranate Center in 1986 to explore how artists can link art with social and environmental issues to help build better communities.

The center works with communities of all sizes throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country to provide constructive and inclusive community-based planning; design and creation of meaningful, community-crafted civic spaces; and training programs in community engagement.

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