TAM Hosts Talk “Public Art in Tacoma: Rapid Murals”

Pictured here: Top left, Tiffanny Hammonds mural on Hello Cupcake. Top right, youth poses with mural by Nori Kimura on St Helens Ave. Bottom left, mural by Mindy Barker on High Maintenance Salon. Bottom right, mural by Saiyare Refaei on London’s Salon.

Public Art in Tacoma: Rapid Murals
Thursday, July 30, 6 pm – 7 pm
FREE, Zoom™ event
Registration required

Panelists include: Saiyare Refaei, Mindy Barker, Tiffanny Hammonds, and Nori Kimura. Including representatives from Tacoma Art Museum and Spaceworks Tacoma. 

During the economic depression of the 1930s, U.S. government art projects created a wealth of public art and supported artists across the country, as explored in Tacoma Art Museum’s current exhibition Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s. 

Our nation is facing incredible challenges. As a pandemic claims lives across the globe, America is simultaneously engaged in protest over tragedies cause by police violence. In response to these complex issues, artists have been busy making powerful, relevant, and inspiring messages and delivering them to our community through murals on the boarded-up storefronts.

Spaceworks Tacoma has been helping connect artists to places with their Rapid Mural Response Program. These temporary murals, painted directly onto installed plywood panels, serve to 1) reduce crime and graffiti, 2) support local businesses, 3) provide income for local artists, and 4) offer civic hope and positive messaging.

Join us for a discussion with some of the artists and organizers who have been brightening up Tacoma during the pandemic. We will take a look at the work they have made and reflect on their experiences.