Elizabeth was one of our volunteers this past summer, and we loved working with her. Here are some of her thoughts about art and young people:

How did you get started with creating murals?

This is actually my first time working on murals. It’s been great to learn how to assemble and paint work at this scale.

How did you find out about Urban Artworks?

I try to come home to Seattle for a few weeks in the summer and wanted to get involved with projects around the community. I then found a couple pictures of the murals Urban Artworks had been commissioned for and thought it a good fit.

What inspirations inform your work as an artist?

Certain experiences or moments and the sensorial aspects associated with them. Sounds, images, smells and then wanting to interpret the emotions through your work. They don’t have to be amazing events, they are actually probably quite unremarkable.

What are your thoughts about public art as a tool to reach young people?

It’s important. Many people need creative outlets, especially as adolescents when things seem to shift everyday. Also to see how your environment can be changed with the art you helped create is transformative in its own way.

What are some of your past projects that you’re most proud of?

I’m really just getting started to produce my own work but I would say so far my last design project where we worked with the National Library of France, it was an immense learning period. Another is my first short film where I was lucky to work with my friends who make films as a profession. It was a gem to collaborate with this team.

What are some ways that public art helps create a sense of community?

I think these visual landmarks helps to create a commonality amongst the people there. Unique spaces that are particular to your city is what makes it personal and special.

How do you think Seattle benefits from public artworks?

It’s a sign of investment in the community and a positive change in the landscape. On a personal level it is what I love about Seattle, it is always surprising me.

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