About Us & the Art Project

Friends of Hit the Streets on MLK (FHSMLK) is a group of people and organizations bringing together the Judkins Park community to create a youth art installation honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Aerial view of artwork site
North is at bottom of this aerial view of the artwork site
The artwork will be installed in August 2015 on the east side of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary campus, near Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Much of the creative process will be in the hands of 24 middle-school-aged neighborhood youth, led by a professional artist. The project is funded in part by a $24,300 “Small and Simple” grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and supplemented by community donations of time and other resources valued at more than $25,000.

A local youth arts organization, Coyote Central, is coordinating the project. Coyote Central’s vision is for Seattle-area adolescents of every background to become creative thinkers and problem-solvers confident in their capabilities and engaged with their community.

If you’re interested in getting involved or have ideas, email FHSMLK@gmail.com.

Some Milestones...

  • Summer 2014: Outreach and planning initiated.
  • September 2014: Steering committee created, begins meeting (participation by neighborhood residents, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School staff and PTA, Coyote Central staff, and others).
  • October 2014: Grant request submitted to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
  • November 2014: Grant approved!
  • Feb. 1, 2015: Call for Artists posted on Coyote Central website
  • Feb. 6, 2015: Forum to gather ideas for the youth art project is a feature of a Community Celebration of Thurgood Marshall's legacy, hosted by Northwest African American Museum.

...stay tuned for more developments