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Archive for April, 2011

Come to the Central District Public Art Project planning meeting!

In our latest readings of Towards a People’s Art and in our own experiences developing this design for Bailey Gatzert, we’ve learned about the beginnings of public mural art as a collaborative, community-driven process.

Tonight, the Central District Public Art Project (CDPAP) will have its second meeting to continue its own planning process for art in the Central District–Bailey Gatzert and Seattle U’s own neighborhood. All are invited to come and be a part of the process!

When: April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave S, Seattle).

It should be a great chance to learn more about the neighborhood on the whole and to see what we’ve been learning about public art planning come to life even more.

Read more about CDPAP after the jump…  (more…)


Inspiration Round Two

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Displayed above are more photos to be used as textures and possible elements of the final design. They are taken mostly in the International District. Regarding the mural itself, today we decided on both a composition and styles to incorporate.

-Andy Vanderbilt

Mural Lecture

Hey Guys!

I finally got everything together and was able to get the mural lecture onto youtube!

If you follow this link each part of the video should be in sequence from 1-5. Just click on uploads in the right corner and you should be able to see each video. http://www.youtube.com/user/mochashakeakan. Sorry it took so long!

-Jane Fudyma

Mark Elder, Cm: Visiting Muralist Lecture

The Role of the Artist as Peacemaker in Community Based Art

Since the dawn of the human condition, people have wanted to show the values of their particular groups by visually expressing themselves. From the earliest moments of history these expressions started as images on a wall. The art form was pretty much unchanged in execution until Aug. of 1967, when 21 artists collaborated with the Wall of Respect in Chicago. There, for the first time was a visual art piece that united a neighborhood, and informed people about the common ground they all shared.
Since then the process of creating these ‘neighborhood murals’ have brought together whole neighborhoods, and maintained a format for the community dialogue to continue. Bro. Mark’s lecture will retrace the history of this movement in America. He will bring out specific examples of how the artists brought peace to these same neighborhoods through Art. Lastly, Bro. Mark will review the process as to how the artist works with a community to promote the common ground and peace

Bro. Mark Elder, cm (aka Buffalo Bro) is an Instructor of Art at DePaul University in Chicago. He holds two postgraduate degrees (both in painting), but started out with a Physical Education degree from his alma mater, DePaul Univ. Even though he enjoyed coaching and teaching at the High School level, Bro. Mark felt that the Spirit was calling him to higher work through the Visual Arts. Which is why he started Art School at 35 years of age.
Today at 57, and born in 1953 in Quantico VA, Bro. Mark has several public murals to his credit. Having one in Rome, and a few scattered around the Midwest, We Are DePaul 2 (which can be seen from the Fullerton ‘L’ stop. ) is one of four murals that Bro. Mark has done in Chicago. You can view more of Bro. Mark’s artwork at http://www.condor.depaul.edu/~melder.

SUYI Presentation


Kent Koth Director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement & Seattle University Youth Initiative, came to our class to talk about the goals of the Youth Initiative.

Neighborhood Inspiration

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Today in class, Kent Koth presented to our class the goals and inspiration behind the Seattle University Youth Initiative. He provided us with much needed information regarding the nature of our mural project and the initiative as a whole. As we come to a completed design, we are asking ourselves, “What is the message we are sending with this mural? What is our service?”
As a pilot project, there is no precedent to base our procedure on. As Kent noted, we are serving the micro community of Bailey Gatzert but also the larger communities surrounding the school. With my background in photography, I thought it would be helpful to showcase the many types of housing in the neighborhood. Since we plan on including architecture in our final design, I thought it essential that we include buildings that kids would recognize. The pictures above represent textures, patterns, and buildings that I hope will provide inspiration in the design process.

-Andy Vanderbilt

Building Our Mural

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On Monday, April 11, we started to build our canvases for the mural; we had a faculty member, Chris Carlson, come to the class and explain the building process. Chris helped us to build the canvases and after building 7 canvases we painting them with Gesso paint. This paint insures that the mural will last longer in the elements compared to if they were not protected.

Now we are in the process of planning the mural design and soon we will be drawing and painting the mural!

Cathryn Hallett

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