Our very own visual journalist, Jordan Somers, has made local mural artists’ labors of love his mission to document for posterity during the COVID-19 shutdown and the Black Lives Matter protests. We have previously presented some of his chronicles, and we have the pleasure of sharing more of his work with you below with more to follow soon.
These murals are all part of an inspired project in the Chinatown-International District (CID) to beautify boarded-up storefronts in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Over 200 artists volunteered their time, and over $10,000 worth of paint, brushes, and other art supplies were donated to the cause. Over 100 stores in the CID offered their facades as canvases. The project served as an impressive, vibrant, and visually impactful way to create community and connection, and make some damn fine art in the process. Enjoy.
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.
Astro is the Editor-in-Chief at The Seattle Collegian, the President of Seattle Central's Queer Cooperative club, a fully-professed Guard with the Sisters of the Mother House of Washington, and a self-identified Queer-Alien-Person-Of-Color. He has won awards for his journalism and community service work as well as for innovation in leadership and academic excellence, and is an active and outspoken advocate and activist for both the LGBTQ+ and recovery communities. He speaks regularly at events relevant to these causes, and works closely with his fellows to support these communities. Social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion are his banners, and his belief in the strength and resilience of all marginalized communities is the driving motivation behind his work and his mission: using the powers of journalism, self-expression, creativity, conversation and connection to uplift and foster acceptance for all peoples.