WEST SEATTLE ART: Black Lives Matter street murals planned for The Junction

(WSB photo, West Seattle Junction, June 6th)

Where thousands of people stood in support of the Black Lives Matter movement just two weeks ago in the West Seattle Junction, two street murals are now planned. Stephanie Kramer says two murals are planned on the street itself – one at California/Alaska one at California/Oregon – roughly 53′ by 20′, to be painted on a day when the street is already closed for the Farmers’ Market. The announcement:

West Seattle Art for Social Justice is a collective of educators and local small business owners with an intent of elevating the voices of BIPOC & LGBTQIA BIPOC youth and adults through arts initiatives.

Inspired by the many communities coming together to create art as a beacon for systemic change, we are inspired & honored to be organizing this important art piece at the West Seattle Junction. Artists from the greater Seattle community will be working together to create this important piece of art in late July with support of the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Farmers Market.

Artist bios and information will be featured on the WS Art for Social Justice BLM mural page [on social media] and inquiries can be sent to wsartforsocialjustice@gmail.com. To support this work, please see our gofundme @ gf.me/u/x9pasi

Each letter of the two murals – each reading BLACK LIVES MATTER – will have a separate artist, so, 32 in all.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ART: Black Lives Matter street murals planned for The Junction"

  • Lina June 22, 2020 (9:03 am)

    I LOVE this and cannot wait to see it and honor it.

  • WS Resident June 22, 2020 (10:26 am)

    How long will this be up for?  Was there a vote on this?

    • WSB June 22, 2020 (10:30 am)

      Public art generally is not subject to a vote, particularly not privately funded public art. As for how long, it’s permanent so far as I know.

      • LoL June 22, 2020 (9:39 pm)

        Well said WSB

    • zark00 June 23, 2020 (8:36 am)

      wow, can’t really believe anyone would not support this let alone have a problem with it. 

  • Beautiful idea June 22, 2020 (11:24 am)

    Terrific!  Thank you to the Mayor of Washington DC for showing other cities how to do it!  I hope that the West Seattle Junction business and commerce groups set aside funding for its upkeep over time.  Let’s not let the message fade with time!

  • Karrie June 22, 2020 (12:30 pm)

    I love this, too. It’s a wonderful way to show support and activism directly in our community. 

  • Brandon June 22, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    Can any group do street murals now?  What is the approval process if any?  I m thinking there are several nonprofit groups who would love the same access. 

    • WSB June 22, 2020 (12:40 pm)

      Contact SDOT to ask.

    • Native July 3, 2020 (11:37 pm)

      Good question….since BLM is one of the most vocal and understandable  political movements …. let’s paint Biden 2020 on one end and MAGA on the other… let’s just do it all …. so to do that I guess we call SDOT and they approve I assume? 

  • Mo P June 22, 2020 (2:40 pm)

    Who’s funding this? 

    • WSB June 22, 2020 (3:41 pm)

      As noted in the announcement above, there’s a crowdfunding campaign.

  • Will S. June 22, 2020 (4:48 pm)

    This news is inoffensive. If you find yourself searching for a process objection or a supposed misuse of public money, please search instead for the reason why this news makes you so uncomfortable.

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