I Heart Yakima

I HEART YAKIMA’S MISSION IS TO BUILD CIVIC PRIDE IN YAKIMA.

LOOKING FOR MERCH?
SHOP IN PERSON AT LARSON GALLERY @ THE SEASONS PERFORMANCE HALL
(ENTER OFF SGT PENDLETON WAY)

We believe that the best way to build civic pride is by participating in community. Our events, website and social media efforts support our values of community, participation, and positivity. I Heart Yakima is a 100% volunteer 501c4 NonProfit Organization.

Founders Bridget Russel, Jessica Moskwa Hawkins, and Laura Schlect launched I Heart Yakima (IHY) in 2012 at the Yakima Valley’s first PechaKucha event, hosted by Mighty Tieton. Their 20x20 presentation was the narrative to their manifesto, Bridget, Jessica and Laura's love letter to Yakima. You can "sign" and add to the Manifesto here! Encouraged by the hundreds of mini-manifestos, IHY began to sell Manifesto Broadsides that were printed and designed by Paper Hammer. It also launched its website, Facebook page, and created its first T-shirts in its signature poppy color.

In March 2013, IHY established itself as the hosts for PechaKucha Night Yakima. There have since been nine PechaKucha Nights, which have highlighted makers, business owners, innovators, farmers, community members, and volunteers. PechaKucha Night Yakima aims to be a gathering place for community members who want to envision the Yakima of the future, and connect with the people who are making it happen.

Driven to create and share positive content about Yakima, IHY teamed up with a talented crew to highlight some of Yakima’s best features in a short video. In January 2014, IHY kicked off the year with a Kickstarter campaign to fund that video. The first cut of the video “24 Hours in Yakima” debuted at a Premiere Party in February 2014. The generosity of the community (49 backers pledged $7,886 !) allowed IHY to create a richer “24 Hours in Yakima: Extended Cut” which many local businesses use a promotional tool on their websites. This year also saw the first ever IHY Holiday Party, which was a great opportunity for folks to buy IHY merch, supporting civic pride and interacting with their neighbors and friends. 

IHY has continued to host PechaKucha Nights and launch new tshirt designs into 2015 and 2016, and has also advocated for community and civic participation via its Facebook and Instagram posts (are you following us yet?!). You can shop online for merch, or shop in person at the Larson @ The Seasons Gallery (101 N. Naches Ave, Yakima) Wed-Fri, 3-6pm. The group remains committed to its mission to build pride in Yakima. Look for new merch and the next PechaKucha night in Fall 2016.

All T-shirt Concepts by I Heart Yakima, supported with design by Think All Day

 

24 Hours in Yakima... Watch the Video!

24 Hours in Yakima