Four well-known artists will bring art to life at Yesler

Written by on September 1, 2016 in Seattle Housing Authority, Yesler Terrace - No comments

By Seattle Housing Authority

For the first time in its history, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will incorporate a comprehensive arts program into a major housing redevelopment. Funded by a grant from The Kresge Foundation, four artists will create permanent artwork at Yesler. Artwork will enhance the many planned parks and open spaces, providing beautiful places for all to enjoy, and new avenues will be created for community members to engage in their creations.

“We are very excited by the caliber of artists who will be working at Yesler,” said Andrew Lofton, executive director of SHA. “Their commitment to engage with residents at all levels, including youth, will create a more vibrant and connected environment.”

Unique programming includes artists working with P-Patch gardeners and the Black Farmers Collective, which will manage a 1.5 acre urban farm located along the western border of Yesler.

Under the current Kresge grant, the selected artists will work in the Yesler community over the next two years, establishing a foundation for ongoing artistic endeavors in the new community. The grant also funds a summer youth media program managed by Seattle University and provides assistance to artisans living in Yesler to build their commercial endeavors.

Above, Charles Parrish is one of four artists who will revitalize the community through his creations. Adjacent to the main Yesler Community Center is the new Yesler Arts Mobile Studio (YAMS), a large recreational vehicle that provides a working space for these artists to interact with residents and community members.

Above, Charles Parrish is one of four artists who will revitalize the community through his creations. Adjacent to the main Yesler Community Center is the new Yesler Arts Mobile Studio (YAMS), a large recreational vehicle that provides a working space for these artists to interact with residents and community members.

Meet the artists:
Pat Graney Company
The Pat Graney Company creates, performs and tours new dance/installation works and conducts arts-based educational programming. Their Keeping the Faith Artist Team residency program features dance, expository writing, American Sign Language and visual arts.

George Lee
George Lee is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in site-specific art, community engagement, and investigating unseen elements and interconnections in everyday lives. Lee’s work engages multicultural and underserved communities.

D.K. Pan
D.K. Pan investigates the intersection of place and memory through video, performance, installation and interventions. Pan is interested in art as a catalyst for social change, in service of love and freedom.

Charles Parrish
Charles Parrish is a sculptor who has lived at Yesler for 30 years. Specializing in stone carving, Parrish creates portraits in low relief and three dimensional forms. He considers his work to be about the politics of black people and often chooses black historical figures as his subjects.
“Yesler residents want to live side by side in peace with equal respect for all. I want to instill that in my work,” says Parrish.

 

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