"lifting up the children of our community"

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… 

Much like the Wall of Respect group and other public mural collectives, CDPAP began “with a group of inspired neighbors who wanted to see more public art in their neighborhood and to involve communities in creating it.” This could mean anything from, yes, murals and installation art to festivals and events.

Again echoing the early muralists, CDPAP hopes to center on the community in every part of the process, from brainstorming and planning to funding and execution. The planning process has been funded by local businesses, churches and other community members but is also supplemented by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund.

CDPAP had an initial brainstorming meeting in March. Since then, the planning committee has been fielding ideas and getting a better sense of community needs through smaller community conversations.

Check out Central District Public Art Project’s website to learn more and stay updated. I’ll be posting here after the meeting with some notes.

-mary pauline diaz

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