In 2018, Olisa Enrico and I were selected as Tukwila’s first two artists in residence. My focus was on the Duwamish River. We were given a small budget for creating public programming and artwork, and served as part time city employees for a year. We were welcomed and supported as we tried to build relationships, learn, and navigate this small, incredibly diverse city along the river. Here’s some of what I did with my budget and time.
Bruce Clayton Tom, Sarah Kavage
Nature Storytelling was a series of 3 public outdoor storytelling workshops, each led by a prominent storyteller and focused on a different storytelling tradition.
Paul Che Oke Ten Wagner (Saanich), storyteller and musician
Black Stax, musicians and lyricists
Kathleen Flenniken, poet
Welcome the Water brought the community together to honor of the water, the Duwamish River, the salmon, and the change of the seasons. Artists included Roldy Aguero Ablao, Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco, Adria Garcia, and Chelsea Hendrickson.
Hello River Mural
We made this mural on the riverside trail at the Tukwila Community Center! I worked with young folks at the community center to design and paint the mural.
Here’s a picture of it from the air, as part of a Seattle Met photo essay by David Ryder.