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Seattle Together brings Public Art Comes to Your Front Yard to neighborhoods around the city

One Big Communikitty by Shawn Parks

As Spring begins to bloom in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) has partnered with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Department of Transportation, to bring a little color and contemplation into neighborhoods across the city.

Public Art Comes to Your Front Yard commissioned 12 artists to create designs for 1,000, 18” x 24” yard signs with messages of hopeful engagement for the community. Beginning April 27, the signs will be installed in the public right-of-way, private yards, parks, roundabouts, local fire stations, and beyond. We will be featuring a new neighborhood each week on ARTS social media platforms using #SeattleTogether and hope you enjoy them from your neighborhood or afar.

The selected neighborhoods are:

  • Beacon Hill
  • Bitterlake
  • Broadview
  • Central Area
  • Chinatown/ID
  • Delridge
  • Georgetown
  • West Seattle
  • Lake City
  • Othello Square
  • Pioneer Square
  • Rainier Beach
  • South Park
  • And across multiple Seattle Housing Authority residential locations.

The commissioned artists are Amaranta Sandys, Asia Tail, Danielle Morsette, David Rue, Denise Emerson, Hailey Tayathy, Hugo Moro, Lauren Iida, Lin-Lin Mao, Nasrin Afrouz, Shawn Parks, and Vikram Madan.

For the signs by Indigenous artists, Danielle Morsette (Suquamish), Hailey Tayathy (Quileute), and Denise L. Emerson (Diné and Skokomish Enrolled) provided graphic artworks. Lushootseed texts were translated by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program, as well as Angee Harrington (Suquamish), with resources from the Tulalip Lushootseed Department. Satpreet Kahlon combined these elements in the final designs, with help on messaging and outreach from Kimberly Deriana (Mandan/Hidatsa) and Asia Tail (Cherokee).

Public Art Comes to Your Front Yard is a program of Seattle Together, a  program that encompasses several initiatives, programs and partners that fosters relationships, shares resources, provides emotional support, strengthens social networks, and nurtures our community during this unprecedented moment in history.

Seattle Together is a partnership with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Economic Development, Seattle Public Library, and the Mayor’s Innovation and Performance Team, building a Citywide community response aimed at supporting, uplifting, and celebrating the enormous goodwill, generosity, and empathy that has come from our Seattle community and neighborhoods in the wake of this COVID-19 pandemic.