Month: July 2020

  • A message from the PNA Board President, Amanda Froh

    Last night the PNA Board and leadership staff engaged in a valuable conversation with former PNA Executive Director Dar'Nesha Weary, ably facilitated by Paul Finley and Mary Holscher of the Breaking White Silence Affinity Group. We listened and learned first-hand about the structural racism that Dar'Nesha endured and how she was harmed while she worked at PNA, a story she has already shared in several different community forums. We apologized to her, in many different ways and through many different voices, for our individual and collective roles in perpetuating that system. We expressed heartfelt regret that she suffered as a result. We had the opportunity to ask questions and to hear Dar'Nesha's thoughts regarding actions we can take now to move the PNA toward antiracism as an organization....

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  • Anti-racism work updates: Eliminating racist symbolism

    We have a few updates to share with you about our on-going commitment to anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at the PNA. We have retired the Holiday Monkey Lights because of the extended history of monkeys being used as a racist symbol, with Black people being derogatorily referred to as monkeys symbolically and in language. We have removed a secondary water fountain that presented to community members as a legacy of racial segregation. And we have formalized our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) with a Board Resolution to adopt a permanent EDI Committee. ...

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  • Formalizing our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

    As we have shared, the PNA is committed to becoming a truly anti-racist and inclusive organization and we are sharing the steps we are taking along the way with you, our community.  The PNA Board of Directors will adopt at its July 2020 meeting a Board Resolution to establish a permanent, standing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. This has been an ad hoc board/staff committee for the past couple of years. As a standing committee, the commitment to EDI will be a  formalized part of the fabric of the organization. ...

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  • #PhinneyWoodStrong shirt fundraiser for our local businesses

    #PhinneyWoodStrong shirt fundraiser for our local businesses

    The PNA, in collaboration with Sandy Nelson Design and the nonprofit Sanctuary Art Center, has created a shirt that will be a neighborhood source of pride and resilience for years to come: PhinneyWoodStrong. In addition to bringing our community and businesses together, this is also a fundraiser for all businesses and organizations in the area. The shirts cost $25 (or more), with $5 going to Sanctuary to cover their costs, $5 going to the PNA, and the rest going to a single business or organization in our community that you would like to support....

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  • Call for art! PNA Member, Volunteer, & Staff Show

    Call for art! PNA Member, Volunteer, & Staff Show

    Each year we invite PNA members, volunteers, and current and former staff to share their talent and creativity with the community. This year, we are encouraging artists to submit work for a special themed section in the show called "Influence." How can art influence the way we think and act as individuals and as a society? The application process is open until August 7. ...

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