Colorful, Student-Designed Banners Will Transform Burien’s SW 153rd Street

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The City of Burien’s Arts Commission has been busy working with Highline School District students over the last year to create a new “Banner Project” on SW 153rd Street.

Forty-four (44) large banner flags, each measuring about 2-feet by 5-feet, will be installed on light poles between 2nd and 6th Avenues SW in February.

Eleven different designs were created with a theme of “culture, community and neighborhood” by students of Gregory Heights Elementary School, Sylvester Middle School, Highline High School, and the Puget Sound Skills Center. The designs were chosen from 95 textile-like submissions from students last winter.

After being installed, these beautiful banners will be up for one year. A reception to recognize the students will be scheduled after installation.

Funding for the banners will be provided by the City of Burien’s Public Art Fund.

The banner poles will be donated by Discover Burien.

Past Arts Commissioner Maureen Hoffman originally proposed this project idea, and current Commissioners Victoria Hall and Donna DeFiore organized the effort. Maureen is now continuing the work to transform each student’s design into the banner production process.

Here’s a sample of 11 of the banner designs; note that each has the Artist Student’s name at the bottom:

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4 Responses to “Colorful, Student-Designed Banners Will Transform Burien’s SW 153rd Street”
  1. Mark B says:

    What a fantastic idea. Nice to see 153rd St getting a little love!

  2. David L. says:

    It’s a great idea and project but did they consider asking local private schools as well? There are quite a few local schools that I think got left out of the project. As a parent I never heard of this until this posting?!

    • Coverofnight says:

      Good point. And don’t forget the homeschoolers! ‘Course I wonder what kind of uproar there would be if, say, someone from a Catholic school had a submission with religious symbols included as art……!

  3. Maureen says:

    The banner project was conceived as a way of acknowledging, through art, the rich variety in cultural heritage present in the citizens of Burien. Can you identify the imagery drawn by the kids?

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