There are some beautiful murals around Hilltop as I was happy to notice while out with the Photo Gang a couple weekends ago. According to the following press release, however, I'm going to have to update that murals map I've been toying with.
Tacoma Works announces the unveiling of its Storefront Mural project in conjunction with the Music & Murals festival taking place Saturday, September 8th at People's Park from 11am-5pm.
The project grew out of a community workshop held last year which was sponsored by the Safe Streets Weed and Seed program in which neighborhood projects were presented by former head of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods, Jim Diers - also the son of Hilltop resident and activist Hermann Diers. The Storefront Murals grew out of a desire to add vibrancy and color to the business district as well as establish a vision for the future. The concept of the project is to place painted storefront scenes over boarded up and vacant buildings. After a series of setbacks, including the demolition of the group's work space downtown (in the former UWT Dawg Shed building), work on the murals is being finished in the Hilltop neighborhood within walking distance to the actual storefronts that will play home for the murals until the buildings are sold or leased. The scope of the project covers four storefronts located along MLK Jr. Way between 11th and 13th Street and has involved over a dozen volunteers working for over a year.
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