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People’s Community Center showcases visual art inspired by neighborhood

December 12, 2017

20 works by 15 Pierce County artists make up permanent exhibit inside

People’s Community Center boasts more than a new pool. This fall, the center also welcomed the addition of 20 pieces of visual art created by 15 Pierce County artists with ties to Hilltop.

The collection, which includes paintings, works on paper, drawings, collage, photography, printmaking, textile, and mixed-media works, was curated through a competitive jurying process. The theme is “Beginning, Moving Forward,” with works representing the past, present, and future of the Center, community members, and Hilltop neighborhood through an affirming lens.

One of the pieces, Roots of the Hill, is an immersive audio and visual piece that welcomes visitors to touch the various areas of the painting to hear about the rich cultural history of the neighborhood as told by 21 community members.

Artists include: Adika Bell, Gerald Bigelow, Whitney Brady, Jasmine Brown, Humbl, Kate Cendejas, Tiffanny Hammonds, JW Harrington, Saiyare Refaei, Sarah Takahashi, Charles Taylor, Dion Thomas, LaQuita Thurman, Grace A. Washington, and Byron White. The artwork is part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

The selection panel included members of the People’s Community Center Steering Committee, Metro Parks’ Culture & Heritage Advisory Council, Tacoma Arts Commission, and lead artist Christopher Paul Jordan.

Stop by anytime the People's Community Center is open; the artwork is on permanent display and is intended for the enjoyment of all people who use the Center.

People’s Community Center permanent exhibition

  • What: Twenty works in various media created by 15 Pierce County artists with links to the Hilltop
  • Where: People’s Community Center, 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma WA 98405
  • Cost: Free


Artists pictured are, back row from left, Adika Bell, Charles Taylor, Grace A. Washington, Saiyare Refaei, Byron White, Jasmine Brown and, front row from left, Christopher Paul Jordan, Matamatanonofo Porter, Tiffanny Hammonds, Whitney Brady.