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Find a great place to sit this summer on a Benchmark art piece!


Be on the lookout this summer for a great place to sit. Benchmarks, Auburn’s newest community art program sought local community groups to paint, carve and otherwise artistically alter plain wooden benches into works of sit-able art. The benches, built by the Green River College Carpentry Division, were distributed to interested community groups for alterations and were unveiled at the City’s 4th of July Festival in Les Gove Park. The benches are now throughout Auburn – in parks, along the sidewalks and in neighborhoods where people gather.

A number of community groups stepped forward to take on the challenge of modifying a bench and the results are diverse, interesting and fun. Two local high school art clubs (Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview High Schools) took on the challenge as well as the afterschool youth program of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Service clubs including, Kiwanis (morning and noon) and the Lions clubs and community organizations including the Green River College Interurban Center for the Arts, the See Ya Later Foundation, the YMCA and the White River Valley Museum have also created benches to reflect their organizations.

Each bench includes signage about the bench creators as well as a smart-phone mobile tour (www.stqry.comlinks to external site) with the locations of all the benches throughout town. In October the benches will be gathered and stored for the winter, and be redistributed for the following summer along with new community created benches.

Other community art projects occurring this summer include the popular Pianos on Parade in July and several free ArtRageous hands-on art activities as part of special events at Kids SummerStage on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., July 8 through August 12 at Les Gove Park, Summer Sounds and Cinema on July 31, August 7 & August 14 at 7pm, and at the Auburn International Farmers Market on Sunday, July 16 and August 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

BenchMarks is coordinated through the City of Auburn, Parks, Arts & Recreation Division. For information on BenchMarks or other cultural arts programs, visit www.auburnwa.gov/arts or call 253-931-3043.

BenchMarks Locations and Participating Community Groups

Bench by: Auburn Noon Lions
Lead Artist, Julia Wood 
Location: Downtown, East Main and D Street NE (across the street from Zola’s)

Bench by: Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
Location: White River Trail near the Game Farm Wilderness Campground and Disk Golf Course.

Bench by: Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn School District Faculty Gina Sandland and Christian Miller
Location: Sunset Park

Bench by: Auburn Valley Creative Arts
Lead artist: Zachary Tanner
Location: M Street and 4th Street SE

Bench by: Auburn YMCA, Teen Programs 
Location: Issac Evans Park near the main parking lot

Bench by: Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Afternoon
Lead Artist, Mary Ellen Bowers
Location: Auburn Golf Course

Bench by: Interurban Center for the Arts 
with Maple Lawn Elementary
Location: Game Farm Park near the playground

Bench by: Kiwanis Club, Morning 
Lead Artist, Ronie and Jim Schwend
Location: Brannan Park near playground

Bench by: Auburn Mountainview High School
Auburn School District Faculty Cary Davidson
Location: Lea Hill Park near the playground

Bench by: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Youth Program
Location: City Hall Plaza Park (across Main street from City Hall, 25 West Main)

Bench by: See Ya Later Foundation
Lead Artist: John Curry
Location: Interurban Trail, near West Main Street

Bench by: Suzy Fountaine 
Veteran’s Day Parade – November 7, 2015 – Celebrating 50 Years!
Location: Not yet sited: Downtown Auburn, B Street Plaza Area

Bench by: White River Valley Museum
Lead Artist, Rachael McAlister 
Location: Not yet sited - TBA

Bench by: Michael Taskey
Auburn’s Historic Downtown Main Street 
Location: Not yet sited –Les Gove Park