Video and Plaque are ready to be shared!

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Hi everyone!

We are pleased to share with you photos of the new plaque up on the wall and a short video that talks about our process for the Parkland Community Mural Project. Here is the link:

You can also find the link on our Facebook page and feel free to share it with your friends.

A big thank you to Patrick Wakefield for producing the video, our directors Carly Brook and Saiyare Refaei and our interviewees: Aida Acevedo, Carly Brook, Casey Bruinsma, Christopher Jordan, Ed Kane, Gunnar Johnston, Joel Zylstra, Jp Avila, Kenji Stoll, Luke Lundgren, Marlene Hayden, Nick and Kelda Lorax, and Saiyare Refaei. Unfortunately we were not able to show anywhere close to all of the footage from the interviews and mural process but they will be saved in the PLU Center for Community Engagement and Services archives.

Thank you again to everyone who attended our community forum last year or who was part of the planning and painting process in any way. We greatly appreciate your energy and efforts to see this project through completion.

Also, a big thank you to our individual donors:

Allison Roberts

Bahram Refaei and Sandy Soohoo-Refaei

Bill and Roxy Giddings

David Brook

Ericka Michal

Jenny Taylor

Jody Horn

Joel Zylstra

Kathy Moisio

Miles Sand & Gravel Co

Nick Lorax

Sonja Ruud

Steve Smith

Teresa Swick Hansen

Tom and Patty Krise

Tracy Pitt

And lastly, we would like to send additional thanks to the following supporters:

Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University

Craig Olson and TopCo Painting

Dakota Murray

Discover Parkland

Garfield Street Businesses


Franklin-Pierce Youth First Coalition

Hobby Lobby

Iketcha Sign and Design

Jp Avila

Northern Pacific Coffee Company

Parkland Prairie Post

Parkland Safe Streets

Pierce County Arts Commission

PLU Center for Community Engagement and Service

PLU Office of Finance and Operations

PLU Office of the President

PLU Office of Sustainability

PLU University Communications

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Sparks Grant

Tacoma News Tribune

Our hope is that more projects like this mural will continue to engage citizens of Parkland and Pacific Lutheran University, to unite and build the community up. If you have an idea, do not hesitate to share it. If you need places to share your idea or become more involved, contact the PLU Center for Community Engagement and Service, the Garfield Business Association and the Franklin-Pierce Youth First Coalition. They are all a great starting points!

All the best,

The Parkland Community Mural Project

You’re invited: Parkland Community Mural Celebration!

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Join us to celebrate the completion of the Parkland Community Mural Project! We want to thank all who participated, share stories of the process and invite you to come see the finished product that we all helped create. 

10:45 Speeches on the Main Stage (Garfield St.)
11:00 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:15 Group photograph and Celebration

Where: Garfield & C St., Parkland, WA

RSVP at this link: 


Last Painting Day

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What a bittersweet last painting day. Thank you to all who came out today to say hi and help with the final touches. Mark your calendars for the Garfield Street Fair on August 16th and come celebrate the completion of the mural with us! We’ll keep you posted. Until then!




GREAT NEWS! The mural project was selected for a $1,500 Spark Grant through The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to support documenting the project.

Shout out to Carly Brook for working diligently on the grant proposal, Sarah Kluesner from Franklin Pierce Youth First for her assistance in finalizing the grant application, Saiyare Refaei for interviewing for the grant and of course The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation!

After a week off, we were back painting detail work in the Parkland sunshine. We will be painting this week through Thursday.