KAPOW downtown design project finalists to present plans March 25

The ten finalists of KAPOW, a downtown revitalization contest, will present their ideas at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 Commercial St.

The contest, hosted by Sustainable Connections and co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham, challenged the community to design “inexpensive projects to enhance Bellingham’s identity, vitality, and health,” according to a press release. Applications were due Jan. 30.

After reviewing nearly 50 applications, a panel of sponsoring organizations chose 10 finalists. The first round of applications included a human-powered hamster wheel called the Bellinghamster Wheel, according to Sustainable Connections’ Facebook page for the event.

Finalists will show off their ideas in a PechaKucha format—a presentation style in which presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Audience voting will determine the People’s Choice Award. Mayor Kelli Linville will select a project for the Mayor’s Choice Award, and a panel of judges will determine the winner of the Judge’s Superhero Award.

The event has a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to the winners for implementing their projects. Doors open at 6 p.m. and attendees in superhero costumes get priority seating.

For more information, see Sustainable Connections’ website.


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