This spring, Marra Farm will get an extra flourish with the addition of children- inspired mural painted on a new tool shed. Partners in the Healthy Foods for South Park project organized an art contest at Concord International Elementary School in South Park to involve students in the project and spread the word about the importance of nutrition and how community members can get involved. The mural will also transform the shipping container/tool shed into something more attractive.

Healthy Foods for South Park is a project led by ECOSS in partnership with Solid Ground and the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice. The goal is to promote access to healthy food in the South Park community and raising awareness about food and health. This project was made possible with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Kate Thibault of ECOSS, Leah Grupp-Williams of the Eat Better Feel Better nutrition program, and Amelia Swinton of Solid Ground went into every classroom of Concord International Elementary School (K-5) and asked students  “What does healthy eating look like?” Each student drew and then painted their idea of what healthy eating meant to them.

On April 26th, we had a judging event where community and school representatives chose the images they thought would best suit the healthy foods theme in a mural.

The most popular designs have been chosen, but have yet to be released. We are waiting to release the winners until we create a design to incorporate as many of the paintings as possible, thus listing which students are involved in the design.  Altogether 250 beautiful pieces of art were collected—we want to thank every student who participated.

The mural painting event will be coming up on May 20th 3:30 – 6:30, and is open to the public. Please join us and give a hand to making South Park a more beautiful and healthier community!

In the meantime, a selection of the student artwork is on display in South Park’s retail district, on the corner of 14th and Cloverdale, at 8601 14th Ave. S, along with other art. This storefront art installation is sponsored by South Park Arts and ECOSS.