We asked Malachi, one of the youth employees who is currently enrolled in our work programming, for his thoughts about public art and community. Here’s what he had to say:

I went to Orca K-8 and I grew up in Beacon Hill. One thing I really like are video games. It’s an escape for me, another world to get into. I’m also really into hip hop and rap.

I got involved with ArtWorks because I got tired of doing the same thing every summer and I decided to ask my mom if I could get a job. She pointed me to SYEP (Seattle Youth Employment Program). I went through the works with them, and then I got this job.

I think that public art is a way to convey a message to the people to inform them about what’s happening, or to tell them a story. Through that, we connect and we relate to the story, and we can continue to make more to relate back or convey another message.

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