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Whitworth Students Create Community Mural in Hillyard Neighborhood

November 2, 2018
Whitworth University art students are celebrating the completion of a large mural in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood.

Local business owner Jack Miller has been collecting donations at several businesses for nearly three months to have a mural painted on the side of the A & T Brake Supply building at 4715 N. Market St.

Miller came into Whitworth’s Lied Center for the Visual Arts in October and asked if anyone would be interested in painting the mural.

Katie Creyts, associate professor of art, teaches the Community Arts in Practice class and thought it would be a great project for her students. Creyts invited Miller and several community members to speak to her class about the history of Hillyard and their vision for the project.

The students worked in groups to create four unique designs. They presented their ideas to Miller, who then took them back to his son’s coffee shop, Give It a Shot Coffee, and invited customers to vote on their favorite one.

The project quickly grew into a community effort. Nicholas DeCaro ’22, a Whitworth art major and transfer student from Spokane Falls Community College, invited the SFCC art club to help last weekend.

The mural is almost complete. Students are putting the final touches on the wall and will take a class photo on Tues., Nov. 6 at 12 p.m.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Katie Creyts, associate professor of art, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4470 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or