CLIENT WORK: Jackson Street Music History Project
The Jackson St. Music History Project was inspired by a similar project, The Corner: 23rd & Union, a public art installation located on 23rd Avenue and E. Union St in Seattle’s Central District (you can see images of it here). However, instead of images and stories of community residents in general, this project honored musicians from the Central District’s rich history of jazz, funk, soul/gospel, and hip hop much of which took place in the music clubs that used to line Jackson Street.
The Pratt Fine Arts Center Youth Art Works was the creative lead on this project and the Jackson Place Community Council organized the logistics and fundraising. Pratt Youth Art Works Coordinator Lily Hotchkiss matched students from Washington Middle School and Nova High School with local community artists to design, create and install four installations celebrating four genres of music; jazz, funk, soul/gospel, and hip hop. Each installation used a different artistic medium; photography, screen printing, aerosol, and mixed media. Inye Wokoma was commissioned to create larger than life portraits of musicians from Seattle’s soul and funk scene of the 1960s and 1970s.