Happenings Kiosk Mural

Estimated to have been installed around the 1950s, the kiosk is one of several around Tacoma that is inscribed with the word “Happenings”—but nothing much had been happening there lately.

Streetside Artscape:
Year Round Co. / Happenings Kiosk Mural
S 13th & Market
June 2015 – May 2016

The artists say that many of the people who walk by the kiosk every day to or from work had never even noticed it. That all changed when they saw Year Round Co. transforming the kiosk from wallflower to eye-catcher. As Year Round Co. says, the very experience of painting the mural on a busy street reminded them of “the importance of public art in cities and how much people don’t engage in their surrounds until art is placed there.”