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Through the 1% for Art program, the Children and Family Justice Center project will fund new public art and the relocation of two existing artworks, including:

  • Spirit of Our Youth by Marvin Oliver
  • Making Choices by Nhon Truong
  • New art curated by 4Culture
  • Creative Justice, a community-based alternative to detention 

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Since 1973, King County's 1% for Art program has dedicated one percent of certain capital project costs to the purchasing and display of public art that visually enhances county facilities.  4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, will be curating art for the Children and Family Justice Center with the aid of these funds. Some of the funds have already been dedicated to the relocation of existing art and the new Creative Justice program. 4Culture is consulting with an art advisory group including a diverse set of community members to curate new art for the future facility. 



Creative Justice, 4Culture

Creative Justice is a community-based alternative to detention that arts agency 4Culture launched in early 2015 in coordination with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Superior Court. The program's mentor artists use writing, music, performance, and visual art to increase the participants' understanding of themselves and circumstances that often lead to incarceration. It also strengthens positive decision-making and emotional expression skills that, together, help them avoid future court involvement.

Spirit of Our Youth, by Marvin Oliver (1996, cast bronze)


For almost twenty years, one of the region’s most impressive Native American artworks has resided at the corner of 14th Avenue and Remington Court on the Youth Services Center campus: Marvin Oliver's Spirit of Our Youth.

Representing the rich Salish heritage of Washington, the 26-foot cast bronze sculpture references the dorsal fin of an orca whale. The fin, which rises from a wave-like landform, is activated with salmon and thunderbird motifs. The King County-commissioned work is empowering for visitors and neighbors of the Youth Services Center alike: The salmon represent the cyclical nature and endurance of life and the thunderbirds above them represent hope and prosperity.

That’s why the piece will be restored and featured prominently outside the front entry of the new Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC). The first step in this relocation was the placing of this two-ton artwork into storage. After restoration, the rich and vibrant green, blue and brown patina will look exactly like it did when the artwork was first installed in 1996. The work will return to the campus when construction of the CFJC parking garage is complete in 2021. 


Making Choices, by Nhon Truong (2003, enamel paint on aluminum)


Before Nhon Truong designed his mural, Making Choices, he interviewed youth and families involved in the justice system. Common themes and values sprung from the conversations: Family, community, cultural diversity, future and dreams. Arts agency 4Culture says the work's youthful style "incorporates content that is reflective of the older community, hoping to bridge gaps between audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds." The mural currently stands on a wall near the front entry to the Youth Services Center. When the new Children and Family Justice Center is built, it will be relocated inside of the main courthouse cafe.

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Website header art: Spirit of Our Youth by Marvin Oliver


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