Downtown Renton Celebrates the Partnership between Artist and Small Business

In June 2020, local activist and mother of four, Franchesca Vargas Smith, approached the Renton Municipal Arts Commission with an idea to bring forth artists and raise awareness of social inequities that black and underprivileged communities face every day. By leaning on the powerful, universal language of art, Franchesca’s goal was to move hearts and change minds in an effort to correct imbalances affecting marginalized individuals and populations.

The Black Lives Matter Art walked launched in downtown Renton on September 12 and can be enjoyed virtually through the Visit Renton app, or in-person as you walk around downtown to view the art and videos in storefront windows. The app is available for free download from the App Store or Google Play.  For more information about the app checkout visitrentonwa.com/visitrentonappThe tour will remain on the app through the end of the year for viewing.

Free BLM embroidery kits are available (while supplies last) for pick up at Wyldwood Creative to add to the Walk experience. Finished embroidery pieces can be returned and will be sewn together to create a community tapestry to weave together the powerful voices of those who stand together in support of the fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice.

A Feature the Artist Event has been launched to get a closer look into the local artists and business owners that make up the downtown Renton’s BLM Art Walk! Watch video interviews with the artists and the business owners hosting them through the month of November 2020.  Videos will be posted regularly on the Renton Downtown Partnership’s Facebook and Instagram page, and will be archived at the link below if you miss the live event.