On Wed., July 28, Hilltop Heritage Middle School (formerly Jason Lee Middle School) student artists transformed Tacoma Power’s utility poles outside their school along 6th Avenue, from Sprague to Alder, with custom artwork designed and painted by the students themselves.
The creative pilot, initiated by the 6th Ave Business District and sponsored by Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, is an effort to further define the District’s boundaries and increase safety along the busy corridor by slowing traffic with the high visibility designs. The custom artwork is designed to deter tagging on the utility poles, while giving the students a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in the 6th Avenue Business District known for its love of the arts.
The event featured 30 volunteer student artists from Hilltop Heritage Middle School.
Funding for the project comes from City Of Tacoma’s Innovative Grant. The grant was used to purchase paint and supplies for the students. Tacoma Power worked with the 6th Ave Business District to set guidelines for the painting project. Hilltop Heritage Middle School has committed to maintaining the artwork on the poles for as long as the installation remains. If the pilot becomes a program, other Tacoma Business Districts will be able to apply for the ability to paint utility poles in their jurisdiction.