84th & Bell Mural Rationale
From July to October 2016, I was commissioned by the Tacoma Arts Commission to assist on a mural that consisted of a 4-part retaining wall across the intersection of 84th and Bell streets in Tacoma, WA. This was the first City planned mural project I was a part of. As an assistant, I worked directly with the leas artist to coordinate with the city, community leaders, and another team of two artists to create a cohesive mural that spanned all four corners of the intersection. The process for the large mural included creating a budget, purchasing paint and other supplies, and meeting with community members to come up with a design. By being a part of this mural project, I learned budgeting skills, time management, and how to scale artwork so it looks proportionate on a large wall.
This experience as a mural assistant was very valuable to me because I gained the skills needed to apply to be a lead artist for the following year. I grew very familiar with using spray paint and creating artwork in a busy neighborhood while still staying focused on the project.