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Rainier Beach Youth Lead the Way – Follow Along!

Transit Justice Youth Corps During the spring, I worked with amazing young people who are a part of the Transit Justice Youth Corps, a group supported by the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition and Puget Sound Sage. They wanted to highlight the beautiful diversity and successes of their neighborhood and also to address the safety and transit access that they and their neighbors are concerned about. These young leaders are awesome community organizers and social justice advocates who inspire me with their dedication and infectious enthusiasm.

Join me in celebrating their work and moving it forward! On Saturday, Sept. 12th at noon, we will officially unveil the bus mural we developed and created together at Renton Avenue South and South Henderson. Immediately afterwards, we’ll do a fun photo shoot at South Henderson and 50th Avenue South. Picture the Beatles’ Abbey Road, but RB-style.
CAdelRosario For those of you who live in South Seattle’s Rainier Beach and Rainier Valley, come represent! We are looking for  people of different ages, ethnicities, abilities and fashion sensibilities to walk across South Henderson at 50th Avenue South and be photographed for a future bus mural. We want people

  • wearing long dresses and pants that cover the leg; skirts, shorts; various foot wear, like sneakers, sandals, dress shoes, boots
  • using a wheelchair, walker, or cane
  • riding skateboards, bikes, or strollers.

Come out and strut your stuff! I will be aiming my camera low, focusing primarily on people’s arms and legs, so around 4’6″ and below. Young children and others who are under this height limit are still invited to participate, but please know that your face may end up showing in the photograph. You’re welcome to bring a fun mask if you’d like!

The Rainier Beach Art Walk will be happening at this time, so you’ll have plenty of other beautiful artwork, local businesses and talented entertainment to check out. Hope to see you there!

Out in Public

Last weekend’s Seattle Design Festival prompted people to consider how design affects our environment. What goes up? What comes down? Who is affected by these changes and how?

Every time I come back from some place with interesting architecture and vibrant street art, I am prompted to take a look around Seattle’s urban landscape. I am thankful for people’s efforts to save historic buildings, like Washington Hall, and promote social justice-oriented development that supports livable, diverse communities as opposed to gentrification, like Puget Sound Sage. (The fabulous Davida Ingram takes an interesting approach to this with “Detour: Cascade to South Lake Union,” a walk and cell phone tour (call 206-686-8566) with the voices of past and current residents who share history and insights into one of this city’s fastest changing/gentrifying neighborhoods.)

A lot of what I shoot while I wander different parts of the country and the globe is the vivid street life. I hunger for the bold colors that warm-weather places don. Now, I’m bringing a little bit of that to Seattle’s streets, with the help of the King County Metro Bus Shelter Program and Photography Center Northwest. “Gehitu” (above) is at Northeast 65th and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard and “Maneki Sunset” is at East John and 12th Avenue East (below). Two more of my photos will be installed at other bus shelters in the city (in the South End, I hope).

“Gehitu,” in its original version is also on view at the Artist Trust exhibition, A Celebration of Washington Artists, at the Washington Convention and Trade Center’s 2nd floor North Gallery through October 18th.

The next time you’re waiting for your bus, or rambling through the city, take a look around. See what’s up. Think about how it got there. And please don’t tag the art that someone is offering as a gift for you.