A five-part series highlighting the local artists commissioned to contribute original artwork to the new clinic
This is part one of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists.
On March 7, 2022, Seattle Children’s new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) opened the doors to begin serving patients from a second location in the Othello Square complex. In order to deepen the connection with the area, some 21 artists from the local community who are Black, Latinx or Indigenous were commissioned to contribute more than 30 pieces of original artwork in the new building. Using the guiding principles of art that would support health through nature, celebrate inclusiveness, cultivate wonder and joy, and celebrate and honor history, artwork was carefully selected and placed throughout the clinic to enrich the space. Take a journey below through the special artwork showcased throughout the clinic.
“Designed to be welcoming for all, the waiting room has vibrant colors and nooks that function as ‘front porches.’ What if one of those front porches let the outside in? I started my mural as a window looking out into the neighborhood, but found an open door was even better. It is a beautiful day in Rainier Valley, and our heroine is ready to step out and join it.”
“I was inspired by traditional stories of birds and added inspirational words for the children. I designed a welcoming image with colors and abstract patterns using Coast Salish elements with input from some amazing children during the design process. The hummingbird is doing a welcome care dance as you enter. The Blue Jay’s parents are waiting with the children and giving them positive support.”
“This painting reflects the severe lack of understanding of the history and perspective of Black people in America.”
“Angie Hinojos is a Mexican American public artist. Angie’s work amplifies untold stories and personal histories. Her work aims to highlight the connections between past and present, and the value of cultural traditions. Angie’s background as an architect results in work that often explores pattern, structure, and space.”
“Giving Hands portrays a story of oceanic migration, cultural legacy, and belonging. Its symbols are designed to evoke imagination, ease the mind, and instill a sense of nurturing support. The ocean is embedded with ancestral patterns, weaving a tapestry of interconnected cultures unique to Othello. The hands both offer and receive, reaching out to welcome the viewer and invite a sense of community.”