Tahoma Associates

Bridging the Gap in Human Services
Tahoma Mural

Tahoma Associates Mural
Celebrated October 3, 2014
Artist Mindy Barker's mural beautifully captures the essence of the nearby spot where local Indian tribes and their shamans gathered on the Winter Solstice each December 21st to share in the magic and splendor of the sun rising over the top of Mt. Rainier. The plaque marking the exact place where these wise men assembled was a major creative factor in her design; bringing forth the culture, beliefs, and wisdom of both the indigenous and immigrant peoples who have come to call Tacoma their home.

As a part of the Tacoma Murals Project, Mindy's efforts have been funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Neighborhood and Community Services Department of the City of Tacoma, in our city's commitment to public art and the resulting enrichment it brings to our community.

Neighborhood members gathered with Mindy to lend input as to the colorful past Tacoma's downtown hillside has known. She was able to assimilate a breadth of ideas, and using her own creative ways, harnessed those concepts into an affirmation of Tacoma, our people, our past and our future, with this positive, powerful, colorful mural.

Not only does this mural symbolize the sun over our mountain at the solstice, it pays homage to the powers that were called upon by the shamans- the mighty elk; it recognizes the cycle of life on this earth with its lunar clock; it gives tribute to the majesty of Mt. Rainier itself; and it declares the positivism of this place, Tacoma.

Search out our neighborhood's plaque, commemorating the teachings and wisdom, the love and acceptance earlier peoples bestowed upon Tacoma. Just as with this mural, the Prairie Line Trail takes its place in our history. This art represents the hopes and spirit that has blessed us here since our earliest days, with its symbolism, vibrancy, and optimism.