Building mural in Renton (Photo credit: Marsha Rollinger)

Building mural in Renton (Photo credit: Marsha Rollinger)

Renton’s art community resilient after turbulent year

Renton Municipal Arts Commission chairwoman says she is thankful for city’s support of artsy.

During a tough pandemic-ridden 2020, Renton Municipal Arts Commission Chairwoman Mary Clymer believes it was the community’s creativity that helped build its resilience.

Clymer said art is part of what can give a community its identity and in many ways makes it whole.

Statues, murals and sculptures can be landmarks that give community members and visitors a sense of place — and Clymer says it is part of what makes places like Renton’s Piazza Park so unique.

“There is art everywhere,” she said. “And these spaces are driven by art.”

Clymer said she feels that Renton is fortunate to have a mayor and city council so supportive of art in the community. Especially after the support the arts community received this year.

Collectively, Clymer said her colleagues in the Renton City Council and on the Renton Municipal Arts Commission made a pact to support art in the community and to get money into the hands of artists and creatives in Renton.

Through a pandemic year in which communities were discouraged from gathering, Clymer, the arts commission and the community worked together to put art supplies in the hands of young artists, sponsor workshops for teaching new skills, and install community art projects like Renton Loop sculpture.

The community adapted and continued to create, perform and innovate.

The Renton Civic Theatre, committed to letting the show go on after COVID-19 restrictions, performed a series of holiday classics over radio broadcast in December in place of a live audience convening before them.

“The resilience of who we are comes from our creativity,” Clymer said.

Clymer said she felt like the 2020 quarantine slowed the world down for a lot of people, and helped them realize what an important asset art can be in our daily lives.

Through a year of pandemic, protest and division, Clymer believes art can bring us together.

She made a point of the contentious Capitol Hill protest zone over the summer, which left the streets and public infrastructure covered in different kinds of art by protesters.

“When we are suffering as humans, as a society,” she said, “art is what we turn to.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Life

2021 Lexus NX 300h
Car review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Lexus NX 300h luxury sports utility… Continue reading

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country
Car review: 2021 Chevy Tahoe 4WD High Country

By Larry Lark, contributor Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for short, in the… Continue reading

Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo
Car review: Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle

By Larry Lark, contributor Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle continues… Continue reading

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL
Car review: 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

By Larry Lark, contributor Compact sedans are not in vogue now, but… Continue reading

2020 Honda Insight. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2020 Honda Insight

By Larry Lark, contributor Honda’s Civic and Accord have been bestsellers for… Continue reading

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor With each passing year Toyota continues to refine… Continue reading

2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

By Larry Lark, contributor Volkswagen’s full-size Atlas SUV received a bold refresh… Continue reading

2021 Toyota Corolla XSE. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Toyota Corolla XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor Toyota’s venerable Corolla received a bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation… Continue reading

2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

By Larry Lark, contributor When it comes to certain car models they… Continue reading

2021 Lexus RX 350L. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Lexus RX 350L

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a good day when a Lexus… Continue reading

Building mural in Renton (Photo credit: Marsha Rollinger)
Renton’s art community resilient after turbulent year

Renton Municipal Arts Commission chairwoman says she is thankful for city’s support of artsy.

The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

By Larry Lark, contributor With apologies to Oldsmobile, “the 2020 CT4 Premium… Continue reading