In an effort to revitalize Seattle’s downtown core as businesses, tourists, and pedestrians return, the Seattle #4 Rotary Arts Committee, the City of Seattle, and the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) partnered with Urban Artworks and local large format printer, SuperGraphics to produce and install forty-five double-sided banners featuring art created by local BIPOC artists.
“The project’s overall mission is to support artists within communities of color and to raise awareness around groups that were hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic,” said Jeff Parker of Seattle #4 Rotary, “The overarching goal is to inspire connections, pride, and to welcome families, tourists, and businesses returning to the downtown area following an extended shutdown, by providing a colorful, positive, and encouraging message.”
A key feature of the project is supporting the work of individual artists. Urban Artworks, Project Lead, Paul Nunn, and senior art instructors Felipe Perez and Stevie Shao curated art designed by young local artists. Each 30″ by 60″ double-sided banner was designed by a young artist on one side and a mentor artist on the other, then printed on an environmentally friendly material supplied by SuperGraphics.
The permitting, print production, and graphic installation of the forty-five banners from James to Denny and 1st and 9th Avenues were also provided by SuperGraphics. SuperGraphics President Reid Baker jumped at the opportunity to be involved: “We were excited to take a role in this community partnership and to demonstrate pride and commitment to our city. All partners worked hard to make this happen, and we are certainly thrilled with the end result.”