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    Mural Draft 3 Panels Before Painting
    A visual rendering of the final draft for the mural done in the planning stage.

    Full Panel Mural with drawings
    Finished Mural displayed on the 2nd Floor at Ballard High School across from the library. 


    "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
    ~ Audre Lorde

    Scandinavian (Swedish)-Dala Horse

    Depicted here is Dala Horse, short for a Dalecarlian horse. Native to European/Scandinavian tradition, the horse has been considered a holy animal since the Viking period. Originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna, the Dala horse now symbolizes not only Dalarna, but also Sweden as a whole. Resources: and also

    Duwamish-“Brown Bear with Cub”

    Shown here is art in the likeness of the style of the Duwamish people, the subject is a brown bear with its cub. For the Lushootseed people, (Lushootseed referring to the common language spoken in the region by tribes such as the Duwamish), the Grizzly was one of the spirits for warriors. According to tradition, there is an infinite number of spirits in the world, and some such as the Grizzly would be classified as career spirits, spirits that help with everyday work. Resources: and also


    Here is a depiction of one of the creatures tied to Chinese tradition, the dragon. Historically, the dragon was associated with the emperor of China. As a state symbol, the azure dragon was even depicted on the national flag during the Qing Dynasty. Dragons were also a popular subject in the arts, being depicted in both religious and secular artworks. Resources: and also

    Islamic/Middle Eastern-Islamic Geometric Patterns

    The depiction here is an example of Islamic geometric patterns. It is considered that, because there existed religious strictures that forbade the use of human form, artists turned towards these patterns to create works of infinite geometric patterning that also resonated with the concept of infinity as related to Divine Unity. This sort of patterning is frequently seen in the architecture. The geometric patterning has also been linked to the mathematics that originated from Arab culture. Resources: and also

    Ethiopian/East African-Traditional Art

    Depicted here is a design imitating traditional East African/Ethiopian art. Although best known for beautiful beadwork, this kind of patterning might be seen on a basket, blanket, or piece of clothing. Still seen in modern art today is the portable nature of some of this art, due to many of the tribes in this region being nomadic, there is an element of usability and convenience to East African art. Resources: as well as

    Japanese-Carp and Water

    Here is an example of art and similar design to traditional Japanese styles. In Japan, carp represent good luck and fortune, with carp swimming in waterfalls is seen as a common motif in pieces such as ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The carp became a popular subject for prints, and the fish are also held in association with the country’s national identity. Resources: and

    Mexican/Hispanic-Birds and Fruit

    This is an example of Mexican folk art known as Amate bark painting. The craft was developed in the state of Puebla, and is today mostly prominent in Guerrero. Pieces in this style usually depict scenes of history, daily life, or the natural world. This art form dates back to the Maya and Nahua people. After almost being lost to colonization by the Spaniards, the style was rediscovered after their Mexican Revolution, and was once more explored with modern Mexican folk art. Resources: and also


    James Baldwin

    James Baldwin was an American playwright, novelist, and activist who wrote essays such as enclosed in Notes of a Native Son, touching on topics of racial, sexual and class distinctions in Western societies. Resources:

    Chief Seattle

    Chief Seattle was a Duwamish and Suquamish chief, accommodating white settlers and having a personable relationship with one of Seattle’s founders, David Swinson Maynard. The city of Seattle is named after him. Resources:

    Angela Davis

    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, author and academic who was a key figure in the 1960s as a counterculture activist, working not only with the Communist Party USA (-1991) but also the Black Panther Party during the Civil Rights Movement. Resources:

    Silme Domingo

    A Ballard High School alumni, Silme Domingo was a Filipino American labor activist who attempted to reform the local International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union in order to end bribery and corruption in the union, he also acted as a student activist and received honors from the University of Washington. Domingo was murdered in Seattle on June 1st, 1981. Resources:

    Fumiko Hayashida

    Fumiko Hayashida, originating from Bainbridge Island, was an American Activist who, in 1942, became one of the first Japanese Americans to be interned. This photo originating from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer of Hayashida with her 10 year old daughter in reference for the mural was an iconic image in depicting the hardships dealt to Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Resources:

    Frida Kahlo

    Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who was inspired from the environment and artifacts of Mexico, as well as the country’s pop culture. In her art, Kahlo explored themes of identity, post colonialism, class, race, and gender within Mexico and the society at the time. Resources:

    Marsha P. Johnson

    Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and drag queen. One of the main figures of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, Johnson was a prominent activist for gay rights. Resources:

    Dalaï Lama

    The Dalai Lama currently the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is an important monk of the Gelug school, an educational institution for Tibetan Buddhism. Gyatso has currently traveled the world to speak on not only the welfare of Tibetans, but also topics of the environment, economics, women’s rights, nonviolence, and sexuality amongst other topics. Resources:


    Malala Yousafzai, most commonly known as Malala is a Pakistani human rights activist who pushed for women’s education, and was the youngest person to become a Nobel Prize Laureate for her activism. Resources:

    Toni Morrison

    Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison, or, Toni Morrison was an American editor, novelist, essayist, and a college professor who was first published in 1970. Morrison won the National Book Critics Circle Award with Song of Solomon, bringing her onto the national stage. Resources:

    Mural elements, details and people compiled by Grace Sanderson.

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