After months in the works, Downtown Tacoma’s new Black Lives Matter Mural at Tollefson Plaza is finally complete and will be dedicated by the City of Tacoma today on Friday, October 7th.
The project was a collaboration from the City of Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission and the Tacoma Art Museum with the intent of bringing a mural to Tacoma that illustrates the city’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Local artists Dionne Bonner, Kenya Adams, Gwen Jones, Charles Taylor and Breyahna Monet brought the vibrant new public art piece to life through the use of vivid colors, community involvement, and inspiration from both the past and future of African American history.
“With the prominence of this location, it is our hope that this mural will inspire deeper community conversation and engagement while showing our Black communities that their lives matter in Tacoma,” Mayor Victoria Woodards said.
Lead artist Dionne Bonner describes this milestone as one that sets the stage for future community gatherings and healthy civic dialogue in Tacoma.
The BLM Mural Project Tacoma recognizes that this mural represents the stories, histories, and values of the local Black community gathered over the course of months through surveys, conversations, and creative participation.
View it in-person at Tollefson Plaza located at 1548 Commerce St or learn more online here.