Colorful Student-Made Banners Installed On Burien’s SW 153rd Street


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Next time you drive down Burien’s SW 153rd Street, instead of looking at the various storefronts, try tilting your eyes upward towards the top of the light poles – there you’ll see 44 colorful new, student-made banners expressing how “Burien Celebrates Arts and Culture.”

The banner project was the brainchild of Burien Arts Commissioner Victoria Hall. Victoria, who has lead the education committee of the Arts Commission for many years, wanted to find a way to work with area school children to explore the idea of cultural heritage. Working with three different schools in 2010, she had the students create drawings that explored their diverse cultural heritages.

The drawings were then displayed at the Burien Community Center, and from the many initial submissions, 11 were picked to be made into banners. The Burien Arts Commission embraced the idea of decorating SW 153rd Street with the banners, and with the help of Discover Burien and local designer Maureen Hoffmann, were then able to have 44 banners printed and installed.

And get this – the new banners will be celebrated at Burien Clean Sweep on April 30th (details here) with a Scavenger Hunt for participants and artists.

The City of Burien sends shout-outs to the following teachers and artists:

  • Sylvester Middle School Teacher Mycol Winston and student artist Nick Mendoza
  • Highline High School Teacher Lisa Bade and students Losa Berhane, Yohan Lasa, Emma VanAntwerp, Mayra Ramos, and Alyce
  • Puget Sound Skills Center Teacher Victoria Hall and students Anabella Flores, Cecilia Ramirez, Jackie Disler, Lindsey Hofstadter, and Brandon Wood.
  • Debra George and Discover Burien for their support of the project
  • Burien Public Works for installing the banners
  • Victoria Hall, Donna DiFiore, and Maureen Hoffman for their work on this wonderful project.

These new banners can be seen on the light poles from 1st Ave South west to 10th Ave SW, and they’ll be hanging above the street for the next year – check out these pics taken by Scott Schaefer on Wednesday (April 20):

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5 Responses to “Colorful Student-Made Banners Installed On Burien’s SW 153rd Street”
  1. Maureen says:

    I encourage people to do a walking amble down 153rd to slow down and really LOOK at the images. Try to determine which country and/or culture is represented in the students’ work. The banners are full of symbols and traditional patterns.

    Enjoy, everyone. And “Thank you!”, students.

    (Nice shots, Scott!)

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  2. Mercedes Selenas says:

    Fantastic art work that brightens up 153rd. Also good job by the city folks hanging the banners. Surprised to see how quickly they went up.

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  3. Betsy says:

    I love them Maureen! I look forward to walking down 153rd and seeing them in person.

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  4. It is like a breath of fresh air to walk or drive up or down 153rd St and see these charming banners. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. 🙂

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  5. These banners are delightful. They should be on a street with more traffic, like 152nd – especially with the Farmers Market opening this week. 153rd is almost deserted these days. Could they be moved? I know the brackets on the street lamps would have to be changed – it looks like they’re waiting for Christmas decorations – but it would definitely be worth the trouble. More people should be able to enjoy the colorful, charming community art created by our very own students.

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