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Mayor Harrell Announces Proposed Efforts to Beautify City: Address Surge in Graffiti  

Volunteer award recipient Denise Chase (partially cut off far left), WSDOT Northwest Region Maintenance Communications Lead James Poling, SPU GM & CEO Andrew Lee, Parks Superintendent AP Diaz, Mayor Harrell, MO Director Graffiti Programs & Initiatives Paul Jackson, MO Executive General Manager Adiam Emery, MO Performance Liaison Liz VanBemmel

Includes Many Hands Art Initiative which will create a more beautiful Seattle  

Mayor Harrell detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti through new strategies and proposed budget investments. Mayor Harrell’s plan includes six major pillars one of which is the Many Hands Art Initiative, through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Spatial Justice through Street Art RFP.  

Under the direction of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), the Many Hands Art Initiative will engage with artists, businesses, volunteers, and others to activate spaces with art, mitigating and preventing graffiti. ARTS is currently seeking partners to install new public art, providing opportunities for creative workers. Spatial Justice through Street Art is a part of the Hope Corps program, a one-time request for proposals (RFP) that seeks to encourage youth voices in communities to explore and create street art. This opportunity supports organizations or programs that reinvigorate and expand the definition of “arts and culture,” foster community among street artists, and create equitable, collaborative spaces to nurture emerging voices in One Seattle. 

More information about Mayor Harrell’s proposal and six pillars is available here