VIDEO/PHOTOS: It’s done! Celebrating the new mural at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

The youth artists who have just finished the mural along Delridge outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center had a big community turnout for this afternoon’s celebration of their creation – including local leaders:

With Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen, who is featured on the mural, in the photo above, is Louis Chinn, one of the artists who mentored the youth. The mural was created as part of the Work Readiness Arts Program, under the city Office of Arts and Culture, whose leader Randy Engstrom is a former Youngstown director – he’s at left below with the center’s current leader David Bestock:

The mural’s story was told by two of the young artists:

Admiring the mural’s celebration of history – including a totem pole! – was Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals:

The RecTech youth who have been documenting the project via photo and video were of course there too – we’re told their work will premiere later this month:

Just in case you can’t get to 4408 Delridge Way SW for a first-person look at the mural any time soon, we walked its 200-plus-foot length in this next clip:

Just sixteen days ago, that entire wall was blank, as shown in our July 29th story.

18 Replies to "VIDEO/PHOTOS: It's done! Celebrating the new mural at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center"

  • sillygoose August 14, 2014 (5:48 pm)

    Great job everyone this art is fantastic.

  • AEP August 14, 2014 (6:39 pm)

    Very, very nice. What a wonderful addition to the community, and a fabulous experience for all involved.

  • sophista-tiki August 14, 2014 (6:48 pm)


  • kumalavula August 14, 2014 (7:16 pm)

    i’m so excited to live within walking distance to this new mural and to have seen its progress over the last couple of weeks. it’s a great piece of work for our community
    and a great experience for the people
    who had a hand in designing and painting
    it! thanks to all involved….yet another great reason to proudly live in the north delridge area.

  • Dave August 14, 2014 (7:55 pm)

    Great job, looks amazing.

  • colleen corr August 14, 2014 (8:25 pm)

    I notice that artist Louis’ grandma photo bombed the last video, Walking the Wall! She is so proud of his work both as an artist and as a mentor to youth.

  • NW August 14, 2014 (8:28 pm)

    I look forward to going down there soon to where I can truly appreciate all of your hard work. I was able to see the progress over the weeks in my work vehicle. Thank you all involved in the mural.

  • Diana August 14, 2014 (9:32 pm)

    Everyone involved in this project should be very proud. It is absolutely beautiful and has enriched our neighborhood tremendously. Thank you all!

  • Diane August 14, 2014 (10:57 pm)

    absolutely fantastic; love love love this

  • Charly August 15, 2014 (12:34 am)

    How beautiful!

  • Middle Aged August 15, 2014 (5:53 am)

    Great job young people!
    West Seattle needed this!
    Thank you for the hard work and cool art!

  • VFM-Seattle August 15, 2014 (8:17 am)

    Absolutely great mural. A big thank you to all the people involved in this project. You should be very proud.

  • [Brandon August 15, 2014 (10:12 am)

    Man that is really nice, I like the parts of the wall that “pop-out” it makes it unique among other wall murals around the city.

  • JAT August 15, 2014 (12:15 pm)

    It’s a cute piece of public art; the cynical side of me (it’s a big side) asks: how long until it’s defaced by neighbors who feel their tag is more important than the community effort at getting this art in place?

    (Or some poorly operated motor vehicle collides with it…)

  • Brandon August 15, 2014 (2:00 pm)

    I’m not saying that it wont happen, but I have read an article or heard a newstory basically stating that a lot of times if the wall is already painted, with a mural, then “taggers” are less likely to tag it. Hopefully the status remains quo

  • LesH August 15, 2014 (2:10 pm)

    The RecTech Youth Media Institute has been filming the mural project from start to finish, including the ribbon cutting yesterday, and we will be screening our short documentary in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 6PM on Monday the 25th of August. A short Q and A will follow.

    • WSB August 15, 2014 (2:19 pm)

      Will add to our calendar! Thanks – TR

  • m August 17, 2014 (1:09 am)

    Wow…incredible! Thanks so much to the young artists.

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