Everett Looks To Expand Land Acknowledgment Into Public Art Piece

February 6, 2022

Everett Government

In August of 2021 the Everett City Council developed a land acknowledgment in a partnership with the Tulalip Tribes. It is now read at the beginning of all council meetings.

This is read at the beginning of every Everett City Council meeting. Click to enlarge.

At their Wednesday meeting councilmembers will hear a proposal to apply for an arts matching grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts. There is money earmarked in the 2022 budget for an art piece. The application will be for up to $100,000.00. Here’s more detail from the City Council briefing papers.

The City of Everett plans to commission an artist to create an outdoor public art piece to acknowledge the original indigenous inhabitants of the land that is now the City of Everett. The piece intends to serve as a lasting symbol of the City’s official land acknowledgment, which was created in partnership with the Tulalip Tribes in 2021.

This project will honor and celebrate the city’s commitment to this land acknowledgment in a way that a written statement cannot, as art has memorialized significant moments and shared virtues between sovereign nations throughout human existence.

The final art piece will be free and open for public viewing; it will be outdoors, on public property, and maintained by the City. The artist and final form are to be determined; the City is beginning to develop a call for
artists with local tribal input.

The Everett City Council meets Wednesday February 9th at 6:30 PM in a remote format.


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