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Poetry in Place: Kathya Alexander

The Visit by Kathya Alexander The sun is drooping behind her house. The bright spring day is warm and nice. The evening’s bathed in a pinkish glow. Miss Grosvenor’s voice is strong but low. “How you doing? Come take a seat.” I sit down on her wooden steps. The flowers… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Civic Poet Launches Public Poetry Campaign

Multi-site Public Poetry Installations for National Poetry Month SEATTLE, WA – Our current Seattle Civic Poet, Shin Yu Pai, is beginning the final cycle of her two-year commission with a multi-site public poetry installation (6MB slide deck) for National Poetry Month in April. Last year, Pai invited public input on… [ Keep reading ]

New Artwork Celebrates the Central District’s Rich Culture and History

Artist Melvin Freeman, AKA Fly Blind Guy, recently completed the installation of his new artwork, We Are Water, in Seattle’s Central District. The Central District was a predominately African American neighborhood since the 1970s as a result of red-lining and other forms of housing segregation. Since the 1990s the neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]

Public Art Piece debuts at 23rd Avenue Corridor in Central Area

Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis has installed a sculptural artwork entitled Union by on the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and Union Street in conjunction with the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project in the Central Area. The work was commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with… [ Keep reading ]

The James and Janie Washington Foundation is hosting a special Friday Sit and Sip for Central Area Art Interruptions

Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. 1816 26th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 The James and Janie Washington Foundation hosts Sit and Sips on the third Friday of the month at the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Washington in the Central Area. On Friday, September 18 from 6… [ Keep reading ]

Weekly Art Hit: Central District decals by Troy Miles

In honor of February as Black History Month, we’re featuring Troy Miles’ series of decals on signal boxes – metal boxes at intersections with traffic lights – in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. In 2010, Seattle graphic artist and Central District resident Miles designed three unique decals—Inside, Straight Out the CD… [ Keep reading ]

New signal box artwork installed in the Central District

Seen anything out of the ordinary in the Central District lately? Three eye-catching decals were installed on signal boxes around the neighborhood last week. Designed by Seattle graphic artist Troy R. Miles, the three decal designs– “Straight Out the CD,” “Jackson Street Jazz,” and “Inside” – pay tribute to three different aspects of the Central District’s heritage

Meet the Central District signal box decal artist, Sept. 23

Artist Troy R. Miles will create designs for reflective decals the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will place on traffic signal control boxes in the neighborhood. Come meet Troy and share with him your ideas of the kinds of images you’d like to represent the Central District.