June 17, 2021
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.