Temporary art on the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Opening celebration for Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday, August 11th from 12 – 4pm at the Rainier Beach Playfield


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), will be celebrating the opening of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday August 11th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Playfield.

The Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles stretching from the Rainier Beach Branch of the Seattle Public Library to Mount Baker. The route includes improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, and pavement repairs that make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

SDOT and ARTS commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2018. The artworks inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Participating artists are Susan Ringstad-Emery, Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Karey Kessler, Miya Sukune, Isobel Davis, Lana Blinderman, and Lawrence Pitre. Art Interruptions is funded by the Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Arts Funds.

All community members and kids are invited to join in the celebration on August 11. The following organizations will be at the event:

  • Parks Department Greenway Initiative
  • Trees for Neighborhoods – apply for free trees
  • Seattle Department of Transportation – vision zero information and games
  • Office of Arts & Culture – art scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free popsicle
  • Info on making your street a “Play Street”

 Seattle Department Depart of Transportation delivering a high-quality transportation system for Seattle www.seattle.gov/transportation

Check out temporary art in Rainier Valley and Seattle Center before they’re gone

Art Interruptions along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Seattle Center Sculpture Walk On view now through January 3, 2017

Temporary art by 14 artists has popped up along Rainier Valley and at Seattle Center this fall. Ranging from whimsical and conceptual, to comical and topical. Don’t miss three opportunities to talk to the artists and tour the work:

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk Tour
Thursday, September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Seattle Center, Next 50 Pavilion
305 Harrison street Seattle, WA 98109

The tour will start at the Next 50 Pavilion, and ends in the Armory where guests, 21 and up, can participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials from the Armory restaurants.

Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Artist Loreen Matsushima we be on site creating the second installation of her artwork Redacting the Skyline.

Kick off Feet First’s WALKTOBER with a Walk for Fun event
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Explore the SE Seattle neighborhood by foot, and experience Art Interruptions and meet the participating artists along the new Rainier Valley Greenway on October 1. WALKTOBER is hosted by Feet First and encourages people in Washington to explore their surroundings by walking for fun, walking to work, and walking to school during the month of October. http://www.feetfirst.org/event/walktober-walk-your-world?instance_id=7465

2016 Art Interruptions

Art Interruptions, an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, will offer ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway. This area includes: New Holly, Othello, Brighton, Lakewood and Seward Park.  Beginning September, seven temporary installations on view in the greenway will inspire and enliven the route with an element of the unexpected. Art Interruptions is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

The artworks range from street sign paintings to a collage fabricated entirely out of aluminum soda cans. The seven selected artists include Ruben David, Melissa Koch, Vikram Madan, Ulises Mariscal, Kemba N. Opio, little talia, and Junko Yamamoto. This year, six of the selected artists participated in the 2016 Public Art Boot Camp, a free two-day intensive basic training overview offered by the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program offered to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.

2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

This fall the 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk will transform the Seattle Center Campus with eight art spectacles that will change the way visitors experience the Center grounds. Artworks range from sculptural and conceptual, to comical and surprising with an element of grandeur. The 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk features the works of artists Laura Buchan, Minh Carrico, Satpreet Kahlon, Edward Key, Terrell Lozada, Loreen Matsushima, Steven Markussen, and artist team Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith. All of the artists participated in the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is made possible through Seattle Center and the Office of Arts & Culture.