2020 Inspiration Fund

Announcing the 2020 Pioneer Square BIA Inspiration Fund Award Recipients

The Pioneer Square BIA is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 Inspiration Fund! 

In 2019, the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (BIA) granted a total of $20,000 in matches to support two projects; the Pioneer Square Residents Council for their continuation of the  Art Outside the Box   project and  The Pastry Project  pilot program, in partnership with the  The London Plane , providing free mentorship and training to people with barriers to education and/or employment in the baking and pastry industry.

This year, the BIA is proud to fund two more projects making a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. The first, by Dan Wilson; Pioneer Square resident and Principal at Olson Kundig, is an installation in Occidental Park of painted metal wind chimes with the phrase “we all play a part” in different languages representing cultural diversity in our neighborhood. The goal of the project, which will be installed in 2021, is to emphasize unity, togetherness, our connectedness to each other, and to nature.

The second is a creative story-telling marketing campaign, by Michael Gill of the Central Saloon, centered around individually curated content from artists, businesses, and personalities in the neighborhood. The project presents an opportunity to focus on the connections between businesses and the community they are part of. The campaign will not only create digital assets for businesses, but also include materials that support residents in the neighborhood.
The Alliance will keep the community updated regrading these projects as they progress. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2021 Inspiration Fund application period next year.