News & Announcements

  • 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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  • Anti-racism steps: An update to the community

    The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) is an organization that took root 40 years ago in a primarily white community. We understand this is our history and take it on as our challenge. Institutional and systemic racism runs deep and cuts sharp in our own communities and in our own organization. Recently, we have become even more painfully aware of this fact. We have heard the hurt, pain, and disappointment from our community and we are listening. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. Right now, the PNA is looking hard to discover the systems of racism that exist in the organization and how to dismantle them and rebuild. This is hard work to do and we are looking inward and outward, discussing, and committing to making change....

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  • Summer Review Newspaper: Online edition

    Summer Review Newspaper: Online edition

    You may be used to receiving our quarterly Review newspaper in the mail if you live in Phinney Ridge or Greenwood or you’re a PNA member. For this edition, because of COVID-19 financial constraints, we had to make the difficult decision to take the issue online. We hope to be back to print soon, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll take some time to peruse the online edition....

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  • A message from Interim Executive Director, Lee Harper

    It’s been a difficult few months for the PNA and our community.  First, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to rapidly adopt new practices to keep our friends and families safe.  Then, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and others ignited powerful protests in support of Black Lives Matter and brought 400 years of oppression and racial injustice into sharp focus. And the PNA experienced a leadership change with the resignation of our executive director, Dar’Nesha Weary.  That’s a lot of change....

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  • NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    NW Fine Arts Competition is live; featuring Jurors’ Choice Winner Martha Thomas

    Enjoy eclectic art from 20 Pacific Northwest artists in our online "show." Check out artists' websites, meet Jurors' Choice Winner Martha Thomas, get to know the jury, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece! ...

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  • Important updates from the Board of Directors

    As our friends, family, and neighbors, we hope you are safe and well. This has been a challenging time for our community and the PNA. The board and staff are navigating unprecedented operational and financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and working tirelessly to ensure the PNA’s viability. As our partners in supporting each other and our community, we want to share updates with you, including some changes, some successes, and ongoing work. In late May, Dar’Nesha Weary made the difficult decision to resign as Executive Director of the PNA. The board wishes to express our sincere appreciation to Dar’Nesha for her extraordinary work during her tenure with this organization. It has been a very difficult time for us all, and for her especially. We are grateful for all Dar’Nesha has done to keep the PNA afloat during this crisis....

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