COMMUNITY ART

REDMOND RAINBOW CROSSWALK

Visible representation is an integral step for any city to show where it’s values lie. The City of Redmond employees put heart and hard work behind the call to action from residents to install a rainbow crosswalk. This art installation was designed with the input from those who live, work, play and visit Redmond.

Photo is the creation of the incredible artist, Jing Jing Wang!

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Project Timeline

November 1st, 2022 : City Hall Meeting
A group of local advocates visited city hall to call the city to action and show visible solidarity through the creation of a rainbow crosswalk in wake of the increasing legal dehumanizing laws being set into place to criminalize the LGBTQ+ community across the US. There are key City Council Members that have been pushing this conversation from the inside, as this topic has been shared to the city before.

At this meeting we had folks share why this is important, their experience working as a trans Redmond employee, a mother of a trans son, a local and very active business owner of 2 places in downtown Redmond, as well as comments from our petition.

There is a rumored single sentence in Redmond’s code that could be another hurdle before we continue this project.
Check out the Redmond Reporter’s article about the meeting.

December 8th, 2022 : Arts & Culture Meeting
Axton Burton made a short and sweet powerpoint presentation to Redmond’s Arts & Culture Commission. This went over the history of the pink triangle, the pride flag and progress flag, why having this art installation will be a welcome highlight to Redmond, examples from other WA cities as well as the community input hopeful path forward for this project. The rumored code in Redmond has not been found, although they are double checking now.

March 9th, 2023 : Call For Artists
LGBTQ+ and QTPOC are strongly encouraged to apply! Deadline is April 20th
Download the application here.

April 20th, 2023 : Applications Closed
The call for artists is complete, and we have 6 wonderful creators!

May 4th, 2023 : Artist Chosen
One of the six applicants has been chosen by 3 panelists. Now this artist goes to the Arts & Culture Commission for approval.

May 11th, 2023 : Artist and Location Confirmed By A&CC
The artist for Redmond’s rainbow crosswalk has been selected! Our local artist Jing Jing Wang will soon begin the process of gathering input to get an understanding of what kind of rainbow crosswalk the community would like to see. The location has been chosen as the pedestrian crosswalk attaching Redmond’s Downtown Park to Woodblock!

June 24th, 2023 : Artist Gathering Community Input
Join a community input event on Saturday June 24th at downtown Redmond’s Centro Cultural Mexicano to be a part of the creation process of Redmond’s rainbow crosswalk! This public art piece is being created by Jing Jing Wang, a local QTPOC artist. Some fabulous design ideas have already been created, but the artist is looking for feedback on details, such as: what is the message/intention of the art installation, who is it for, what art style should be used, should any quotes or message be included?

July 13th, 2023 : A&CC Approves Design
The artist has submitted the design to the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission, and it has been approved!

Week of August 28th, 2023 : Installation
The crosswalk will be installed by Public Works on Cleveland Street, connecting the sidewalks of the Downtown Park and Woodblock.

September 1st, 2023 : Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The crosswalk will be completed for it’s ribbon cutting ceremony, a day before the second annual Redmond Pride Festival.