Healing Mural: Stories & Art with Hiawatha D.

We are asking for financial support to design and paint a mural by Hiawatha D. in the Catharine Blaine K8 School gymnasium. 

In the middle of a global pandemic students and families are facing horrific images of trauma, pain and national protests. They are demanding justice, equality and peace.  

In the face of so much tragedy for African American people— students and parents are finishing school virtually while trying to make sense out of why so many Black people are dying at the hands of police. Students are struggling to understand racism in our country and why it is necessary to protest and proclaim that Black Lives Matter.  

As parents, educators, leaders and community members our students will never forget how we responded to this critical time in the life of their education. They will remember our action or inaction— let’s act!  

Blaine is in a predominantly white neighborhood in Seattle with an adjoining public community center. The school gym is used by 600+ students throughout the school year, as well as for weekly activities and events for the entire community.  

This mural will celebrate and affirm the fact that Black people should be seen and heard in a place where they don’t often see themselves reflected in the community.  We believe this collective action during this historic time has the power to create an invaluable legacy for our generation. 

Long before an exceptional body of work and recent features in Forbes  and The Seattle Times  about the nationally acclaimed Iconic Black Women art exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum, Hiawatha D.’s wife, Veronica was bussed by Seattle Public Schools to Briarcliff Elementary and to Catharine Blaine Junior High.  Although Veronica established lifelong friendships in the school, it was at Blaine where she experienced her first conscious encounter with racism.  

Decades later, Hiawatha D. intentionally chose Blaine for his daughter and son, Ebony and Hiawatha III, who both became teachers.  Blaine threads through the lives of both Hiawatha D. and Veronica, spanning decades of connection and memories, including Spring Break in 2004 when Hiawatha D. volunteered his time and artistry to work with Blaine students to paint the existing mural.   

Existing mural painted by Hiawatha D. and Blaine students.


Hiawatha D. with Blaine Students at the Northwest African American Museum.


We are inviting Hiawatha D. to bring his talents back to our community full circle for a culturally driven educational experience that provides an  opportunity for students and families to engage, learn and heal through African American stories and art.   

Our hope is to raise the funds before the end of the 2020 school year by Friday, June 19th. The work will begin as soon as the funds are raised. Any amount helps. Thank you!

"It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people." — Martin Luther King Jr.


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Trina Pickens 
Seattle, WA
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